Murray stays unbeaten in NYC as Penguins top Rangers 5-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Teddy Blueger scored two goals, Matt Murray made 33 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins surged to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night.
Penguins’ Matt Cullen fined $1,000 by NHL for dangerous trip
NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cullen has been fined $1,000 by the NHL for a dangerous trip of Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Miller.
The infraction came during the first period of Thursday night's game, a 4-3 victory by Tampa Bay. Cullen was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.
In announcing the fine, the league said Friday the money will go the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
After quiet summer, Wild aim for deeper run in rugged West
LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Third in Central Division. Lost to Winnipeg Jets in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (third season, 12th NHL season).
ADDED: RW J.T. Brown, C Eric Fehr, C Matt Hendricks, RW Matt Read, D Greg Pateryn, D Matt Bartkowski.
LOST: C Matt Cullen, LW Tyler Ennis, RW Daniel Winnik.
Refreshed Penguins eye another Stanley Cup run
LAST SEASON: 47-29-6, 100 points. Finished second in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (fourth season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: D Jack Johnson, C Matt Cullen.
LOST: F Conor Sheary, F Tom Kuhnhackl, D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney.
Cullen powers Penguins past Blue Jackets
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-3 preseason win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
Zach Trotman, Garrett Wilson, Adam Johnson, Juuso Riikola and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh. Fourteen Penguins players recorded at least one point, led by Cullen and Zach Aston-Reese (three assists) who had three points each.
Matt Murray stopped 30 shots while playing the entire game in goal for the Penguins.
John Tavares isn't the only free agent going back to a familiar place.
After he finished with the handshake line and acknowledged the officials, Wild center Matt Cullen looked up into the crowd and then banged his stick on the ice.
As he inched closer to the tunnel that snaked away from the rink toward the Wilds dressing room, the offseason and the future teammate Marcus Foligno patted Cullen on the shoulder.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — No team in the ultra-competitive Western Conference has made the playoffs more times in a row than the Minnesota Wild, with six straight appearances to share the current streak lead with the Anaheim Ducks.
WINNIPEG - This incarnation of the Wild will be remembered for its resilience, as it had a knack for rebounding when adversity from injuries, inconsistency and inexperience threatened to undermine it.
And while that plucky perseverance headlined its pursuits in 2017-18, it wasnt the last impression made by the group.
As the Wild took the ice for Tuesday’s practice, Charlie Coyle wasn’t dressed in his usual style. Instead of putting on a yellow jersey — the one he should have worn to skate alongside Matt Cullen and Jordan Greenway — the Wild forward had pulled a black defenseman’s sweater over his head.
Eric Staal scores 42nd goal of the season, Wild cruises past Sharks in season finale
SAN JOSE, Calif. The Wild is about to start from scratch, but the team avoided entering its impending first-round playoff series with the Jets stuck in a rut by cruising past the Sharks 6-3 Saturday at SAP Center in its regular-season finale the teams first win since clinching Monday, snapping a two-game slide.
This put the Wild (45-26-11) at 101 points, the second straight season the team has reached 100 points and fourth time in team history.
LOS ANGELES It was early November, the Wild was third to last in the Western Conference, and it had just lost 5-3 to the Bruins at the outset of a four-game road trip.
Coach Bruce Boudreau called the first 40 minutes against Boston after which the Wild trailed 4-1 probably the most embarrassing two periods Ive been involved with in a lot of teams.
GLENDALE, Ariz. The Wild has been humming along at an every-other-day pace for nearly six weeks, but its rhythm is about to change.
After hosting the Kings on Monday, the team will have a four-day break in the schedule a pause that looks uncharacteristic for the grind thats associated with March.
And while that lull gives the competition a window to horde points while the Wild is idle, the team plans to embrace the downtime.
Center Matt Cullen didnt accompany the Wild through last season.
He was with the Penguins, collecting his third Stanley Cup and second in as many seasons as a back-to-back champion.
But after returning to Minnesota for another stint with the organization, hes picked up on a vibe that characterizes the teams motivation as it closes out the final month of the season on the heels of a playoff appearance a year ago that was limited to five games.
Staal scores 37th goal, leads Wild over Canucks 5-2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Eric Staal is having the type of scoring surge where it seems the puck finds its way into the net whenever he shoots.
The Minnesota center scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Wild surged past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Friday night.
Staal has 11 goals in his last nine games, giving him 37 for the season — just three behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.
Spurgeon scores in OT, Wild beat Sharks 3-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As Minnesota recovered from an early deficit against the San Jose Sharks, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau turned to assistant Bob Woods and told him to keep sending defenseman Jared Spurgeon out on the ice as much as possible.
Spurgeon then helped the Wild to an important two points.
Spurgeon scored with 12 seconds left in overtime to give the Minnesota a 3-2 victory Sunday night.
"I said, 'Play Spurge a lot. He looks like he's got it,'" Boudreau said. "He had his mojo today."
Cullen, Ennis lead Wild to 5-3 win over Islanders
NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota knows it needs to play better on the road to strengthen its push for a playoff spot. The Wild also want to do a better job of holding third-period leads than they have lately.
They accomplished both Monday against the New York Islanders.
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Jaromir Jagrs recent exit from the Calgary Flames to play in his native Czech Republic may have signaled the end of one of the most prolific careers in NHL history, as the 45-year-old ranks second all-time in points, third in both goals and games played.
It also meant the Wilds Matt Cullen was now the oldest player in the league at 41.
Its been mentioned a few times, Cullen said. It gets around.
Wild’s Matt Cullen gets warm reception in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH – Wild center Matt Cullen’s wife, Bridget, did the cooking, usually gluten-free pasta with chicken or fish.
The meal, however, wasn’t the only item on the menu when dinner was at the Cullens’. So was a game of hockey with the Cullens’ three sons.
A timeout from hockey didnt slow down the Wild.
Instead, it only seemed to rejuvenate the players.
In the first game back after taking a mandatory five-day break, the Wild shrugged off the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Saturday night in front of an announced 19,007 at Xcel Energy Center, extending the teams point streak to five games.
The arrival of winger Zach Parise retooled the entire Wild lineup, delivering new combinations and stoking the intrigue about what the top nine could look like when winger Nino Niederreiter also gets healthy.
SUNRISE, Fla. Wild center Matt Cullen ran around the carpet at home with skates on as a 2-year-old.
He also motored around outside on a backyard rink and battled with his two brothers and father, Terry, in the basement in a 2-on-2 competition.
The Wild has enjoyed this climb from the bottom of the Central Division standings, but there was still an uneasy air hovering over Bruce Boudreaus team at Wednesdays practice.
Devan Dubnyk cant stop every shot forever. Eventually, his three-game shutout streak will end, and Jason Zucker might not rescue everyone with his recent scoring touch.
Matt Cullen enjoys milestone-filled night with Wild
He understands the fascination, but Matt Cullen still finds it a little surprising. At an age when the candles on his birthday cake represent a fire hazard, the Wild forward still is plugging away in the NHL, back in his home state after abandoning his plans to retire.
Hours before the Wild played Montreal on Thursday, coach Bruce Boudreau laid out a few expectations. He noted that Wild forward Matt Cullen had started to get his legs and was playing better, and he thought defenseman Matt Dumba would bounce back from a poor effort Tuesday.
Boudreau also anticipated the Canadiens would get out to a fast start in their only game this season at Xcel Energy Center. That turned out to be the only thing the coach got wrong, as the Wild pummeled Montreal 6-3.
Penguins notebook: Popular ex-Pen Matt Cullen set to face former teammates
ST. PAUL, Minn. — During the two years he was with the Penguins, Matt Cullen played more than a handful of games against old teammates.
From Carolina to Nashville to Anaheim, he'd catch up with old friends before or after a practice or morning skate. It's the natural byproduct of playing two decades in the NHL.
Wild sign Winnik to 1-year deal after successful camp tryout
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed left wing Daniel Winnik to a one-year, $660,000 contract.
Winnik was in training camp on a tryout basis. He was a free agent after a career-high 12 goals in 72 games last season for Washington.
The 32-year-old Winnik became more valuable to the Wild with a back injury limiting left wing Zach Parise, and Winnik was rewarded Wednesday with a contract. He's been on the fourth line with center Matt Cullen and right wing Tyler Ennis.
The Wild are loaded again, starting Boudreau’s 2nd season
LAST SEASON: 49-25-8, 106 points. Won Metropolitan Division. Lost 4-1 to St. Louis Blues in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (second season, 11th NHL season).
ADDED: C Matt Cullen, LW Marcus Foligno, RW Tyler Ennis, D Kyle Quincey.
LOST: D Marco Scandella, RW Jason Pominville, C Erik Haula, C Martin Hanzal, D Christian Folin, D Nate Prosser, C Ryan White, G Darcy Kuemper.
Two-time Cup champion Penguins turn to Murray as top goalie
LAST SEASON: 50-21-11, 111 points. Second in Metropolitan Division. Beat Nashville in six games to win Stanley Cup.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (third season, fifth NHL season).
ADDED: RW Ryan Reaves, G Antti Niemi.
LOST: G Marc-Andre Fleury, D Trevor Daley, C Nick Bonino, LW Chris Kunitz, C Matt Cullen.
NHL ’17: Penguins, Capitals losses make East wide open
A handful of Pittsburgh Penguins players whose names are on the Stanley Cup, some of them twice or even three times, are gone.
The same goes for core players from the back-to-back Presidents' Trophy winning Washington Capitals.
Minnesota native brings Stanley Cup back home for a day
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Moorhead, Minnesota, native Matt Cullen has brought the Stanley Cup back home for the second time in as many years.
Cullen was part of the Pittsburgh Penguins team that won the NHL championship for a second straight season earlier this year.
Tradition calls for all players on a cup-winning team to get the trophy for 24 hours. It's the oldest professional team sports trophy in North America.
Coming home: Cullen picks Wild for 21st NHL season
Matt Cullen could have easily called it a career at age 40 after winning consecutive Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
That's what he and everyone around him expected him to do, but his body bounced back strongly enough this summer from the postseason grind that he believed he could continue for another year.
After pondering a return to Pittsburgh, Cullen determined that there was only one place to justify returning for a 21st season in the NHL.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins arrive at their latest showdown looking very much like they did a year ago.
It's the little things that might matter most this time around.
Crosby gets point No. 999, Penguins top Canucks 4-0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The quality Mike Sullivan appreciates the most in Evgeni Malkin is the one that separates the Pittsburgh Penguins star from just about everyone else who happens to do what Malkin does for a living.
"He's such a threat when he's on the ice," Sullivan said. "He's one of the elite players in the league that has the ability to change the outcome."
Penguins F Sheary out 4 to 6 weeks with upper-body injury
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Conor Sheary's breakout season with the Pittsburgh Penguins hit a speed bump on Wednesday. The team says the second-year forward is out 4 to 6 weeks due to an upper-body injury.
Sheary is third on the team with 17 goals while working on a line with captain Sidney Crosby. Sheary's 35 points rank fourth for the defending Stanley Cup champions. It's unclear when the 24-year-old was hurt. Sheary played 16:52 and picked up an assist in Tuesday night's 4-2 victory over Nashville.
Fleury gets 5th straight win, Penguins beat Lightning 6-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins were rested after a week off since their last game, while the Tampa Bay Lightning were playing for the third time in four days.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots in his fifth straight win, leading the Penguins to a 6-2 victory over the Lightning on Sunday.
Fleury, who has not lost in regulation since allowing six goals to the Minnesota on Nov. 25, is 7-0-1 in his last eight decisions.
Crosby paces Penguins to 5-1 win over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sidney Crosby is tied for the NHL goal-scoring lead, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are tied atop the division.
They certainly impressed the struggling Florida Panthers and their new coach.
Sidney Crosby got his 18th goal and added an assist to lead the Penguins over the Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.
Conor Sheary, Tom Kuhnhackl, Matt Cullen and Carl Hagelin also scored for Pittsburgh. Matt Murray made 28 saves.
Rust’s hat trick rallies Penguins past Senators, 8-5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan keeps insisting there isn't a switch his team can flip that makes two-goal deficits vanish within a matter of minutes.
It just seems that way.
Bryan Rust had his first career hat trick, Sidney Crosby added his NHL-leading 17th goal and the Penguins raced past the Ottawa Senators 8-5 on Monday night. Pittsburgh poured in six goals over the final 32 minutes after spotting the Senators a 4-2 lead.
Kessel helps Penguins rally past Red Wings 5-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A two-goal deficit was no big deal for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Phil Kessel and company responded with one big finish.
Kessel scored twice, including one of Pittsburgh's four goals in the third, and the Penguins rallied to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 on Saturday night.
"You just have to stick with it in games like this," Kessel said. "We did and we got rewarded."
Crosby, Penguins pull away from Rangers in 6-1 rout
NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Crosby got angry, and then the Pittsburgh Penguins got even in a big way against the division-leading New York Rangers.
Following a first-period skirmish with Ryan McDonagh, Crosby had two goals and an assist during a five-goal second period and the Penguins shut down the Rangers in a 6-1 rout on Wednesday night.
Letang leads Penguins over Ducks 5-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan ranks Kris Letang as one of the top three defensemen in the NHL.
Letang justified that lofty praise in his return after missing five games with an upper-body injury, scoring a power-play goal and adding an assist as the Penguins defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Malkin, Crosby each score twice to lift Penguins past Flyers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once again, the Pittsburgh Penguins showed their resilience. Their coach hopes they can make it a little easier on themselves, though.
Evgeni Malkin scored twice, including the tiebreaker in the third period, and Sidney Crosby also had two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.
Penguins trying to keep edge in bid for Cup repeat
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen is well aware of the Stanley Cup hangover. The longtime NHL forward helped the Carolina Hurricanes raise the trophy in joy in the spring of 2006 and watched from afar after signing with the New York Rangers while his former teammates missed the postseason completely the following season.
The trappings of success — and the considerable emotional and physical toll it takes to get to the top — make sustaining it all the more difficult.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The most popular trophy in sports won't be the only historical artifact on display next week when Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen shows it off in the Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, metropolitan area.
The Stanley Cup will be next to a Stanley car.
A West Fargo antique car museum is tuning up a 1936 Rolls-Royce that belonged to Edward Stanley, himself a hockey player and son of the man who founded the trophy that goes to the...