Kessel, Crosby help surging Penguins blank Sabres 5-0
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With Sidney Crosby at the very top of his game, the Pittsburgh Penguins are peaking at the right time.
Crosby contributed two assists and Phil Kessel had a goal and an...
Matt Murray makes 28 saves, Penguins rout Rangers 7-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since returning from an injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 on Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Kris Letang and Dominik Simon each had a goal and an assist. Zach Aston-Reese and Tanner Pearson also scored to help the Penguins win for the ninth time in 10 games. Patric Hornqvist had two assists.
Kessel’s power-play goals help Pens defeat Red Wings 5-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins weren't happy with their lackluster play in the first period after a three-day holiday break.
Then, Phil Kessel and the power play changed everything.
Kessel scored two power-play goals, Derick Brassard added two goals and the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday.
"Just the plays he made tonight is elite," Brassard said of Kessel. "It's up there with the tops in the league. He's going to win you some games like that."
Penguins’ Letang avoids major injury, could play vs Ducks
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang took part in a morning skate Monday and it will be decided at game time if he plays against the Anaheim Ducks.
Letang appeared to injure his left leg after colliding with Boston forward Joakim Nordstrom during the third period of Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime victory Friday. He sat out a victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday but appeared to be fine Monday.
Hornqvist’s natural hat trick leads Penguins by Colorado 6-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — There isn't a lot of finesse in Patric Hornqvist's game. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward understands his job is to get to the places on the ice that not everyone wants to go, set up camp there and make something happen.
His team in serious need of a kick-start after squandering a three-goal lead against white-hot Colorado, Hornqvist provided one.
Hornqvist, Kessel each score twice, Penguins beat Flames 9-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins scored a lot of goals in Alberta — 15 in two games, to be exact.
Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel each scored twice and the Penguins pounded the Calgary Flames 9-1 on Thursday night.
Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust, Jack Johnson, Jake Guentzel and Matt Cullen also scored, and Matt Murray made 38 saves to help the Penguins improve to 5-1-2 overall and 3-0 on a four-game Canadian trip.
Crosby dazzles in overtime, lifts Penguins past Oilers 6-5
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Sidney Crosby made a slick move through two defenders, skated through the slot and lifted a backhander into the net at 2:12 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
The Washington Capitals scored their first goal quickly, just like in Game 1. This time, though, the electricity among fans in red at Capital One Arena never died away.
For one day, at least, the Capitals solved their issues in defending a two-goal lead, allowing them to take Game 2 of their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Sunday afternoon.
Alex Ovechkin was one of four Capitals to score, Lars Eller had three assists and Braden Holtby made 32 saves.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span of the third period to help the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to for a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in Game 1 of the second-round series.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After the Capitals scored early, the Penguins scored often to stun their rivals with yet another comeback.
Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help Pittsburgh erase a two-goal deficit in the third period and the Penguins beat Washington 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the second-round series.
PHILADELPHIA — The Penguins needed a victory to clinch their Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in a city where they have historically struggled but were undefeated in four games this season.
They didn't disappoint with an 8-5 victory over the Flyers on Sunday in Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center.
1. No Geno: That the Penguins had to play without Evgeni Malkin (knee) made Game 6 a 50-50 proposition if you based it on their record without Malkin.
Despite nerves, Penguins’ Dominik Simon pleased with win in his playoff debut
Dominik Simon didn't just make his NHL playoff debut Wednesday. He made his NHL playoff debut as a member of the top line on the defending Stanley Cup champions, skating with a future Hall of Famer.
"I was definitely a little nervous before the game," Simon conceded after Penguins practice Thursday. "But once you get to just playing the game, you lose the stress. So you just enjoy it."
Patric Hornqvist will miss a second consecutive game because of an upper-body injury, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday.
The wing skated before practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township but was the only player on the roster who did take part in the session about 16 hours after the Penguins took a 3-1 first-round series lead on the Flyers with a 5-0 Game 4 victory in Philadelphia.
Hornqvist missed that game after presumably suffering an injury late in Game 3.
Dominik Simon expected to make NHL playoffs debut for Penguins in Game 4 against Flyers
PHILADELPHIA – Penguins winger Dominik Simon is expected to make his NHL playoff debut in Game 4 against the Flyers Wednesday, replacing the injured Patric Hornqvist in the lineup.
"If you're not playing, you're waiting for a chance like this," Simon said after Wednesday's morning practice at Wells Fargo Center. "I was just staying with it and practicing. It feels great to be back."
From clutch goaltending to timely scoring, there are dozens of positive characteristics a team needs to win the Stanley Cup.
The ability to thrive in the face of injuries to key players is near the top of the list.
When the Penguins won the franchise's fifth championship last season, nine regulars missed at least one playoff game because of injury. The year before, eight regulars were sidelined at one time or another.
When the Penguins won Game 1, 7-0, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol credited their 24 blocked shots as a key to the game.
Their encore wasn't as impressive.
The Penguins blocked only four shots in the 5-1 loss in Game 2 on Friday night. And Murray stopped only 15 of 19 shots by the Flyers, who had some shots bounce off players on their way to the net.
There can be no three-peat without a spot in the tournament. The Penguins have attained that first achievement.
After a Florida Panthers loss at the Boston Bruins earlier in the day set the table, the Penguins clinched a playoff berth for a franchise-record 12th consecutive season with a 5-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. It is the longest active streak in the NHL.
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A win tonight is all Penguins need to clinch 12th consecutive playoff berth
In the parity-wrought NHL, the fickle playoff race can fluctuate wildly in a matter of days.
It was just late Tuesday night the Penguins were on edge they might not even qualify for the postseason following a listless loss in Detroit. An ensuing win at New Jersey two days later — coupled with three consecutive Florida Panthers losses — has flipped the script that quickly.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will start their bid for a Stanley Cup three-peat at home.
Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel banked in goals off Craig Anderson minutes apart in the second period, Casey DeSmith stopped 34 shots and the Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-0 to clinch second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
NEWARK, N.J. – Derick Brassard won't play for the Penguins on Thursday night in New Jersey due to a lower-body injury, which means more ice time for Riley Sheahan and a spot in the lineup for Josh Jooris.
Brassard was injured during the second period of Tuesday night's game in Detroit. Coach Mike Sullivan said his status will be considered day to day pending further evaluation when the team returns home from its road trip.
Almost every time Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist paraded to the front of the net on Sunday, he was met with a series of shoves, fists and sticks.
Penguins notebook: Since trade deadline, Pens have been kings of inconsistency
When Derick Brassard and Jake Guentzel scored third-period goals to turn a tense, tied game into a 5-3 victory Wednesday night, the Penguins followed a dismal loss to the New York Islanders with a rousing win over the Montreal Canadiens.
This should come as no surprise. Inconsistency has been the Penguins' M.O. in the past month.
Sidney Crosby's 700th NHL assist came in the third period Wednesday. The only reason it didn't come a period earlier is because league rules ban awarding assists to the player who scores the goal.
Crosby's numerical milestone was overshadowed by a highlight-reel goal, and both helped the Penguins overcome a sloppy start for a 5-3 bounce-back victory against the Montreal Canadiens.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves and the Washington Capitals celebrated star Alex Ovechkin's 1,000th career regular season game by clinching their third straight division title with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins' quest for a three-peat is officially on.
Patric Hornqvist picked up his 200th career goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions clinched their 12th straight playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Crosby scores in OT to lift Pens past Devils 4-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sidney Crosby batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net 19 seconds into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Devils 4-3 on Thursday night, denying New Jersey a sweep of the four-game season series.
It's no secret the Penguins have been arguably the NHL's best team since the calendar flipped to 2018. But what wasn't as clear while the Penguins navigated their hot stretch was if their defense had achieved its optimum playoff-readiness.
An explosive Dallas Stars team was limited to a five-on-three goal and held to four shots on goal in the third period of a 3-1 Penguins win Sunday.
Rutherford shows faith in Penguins roster; deal with Patric Hornqvist nears
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford didn't make any major deals at Monday's NHL trade deadline.
Instead, he handed out votes of confidence.
To winger Patric Hornqvist, who is close to agreeing to a long-term contract extension.
To the defensemen at the bottom of the NHL depth chart, Matt Hunwick and Chad Ruhwedel, whose spots weren't taken by last-minute additions.
To prospect Daniel Sprong, who wasn't traded away in any deals for short-term rentals.
The Penguins have the best third-line center in hockey.
It's not newly acquired Derick Brassard. It's Sidney Crosby.
In his effort to balance the Penguins' offense by dividing Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel among three lines, coach Mike Sullivan has, in effect, made Crosby the team's third-line center.
Crosby has spent way too much time skating with Conor Sheary and Dominik Simon lately.
Hornqvist scores 2 as Penguins beat Canadiens, 5-3
MONTREAL (AP) — It was only a matter of time before the relentless Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the Montreal Canadiens and held them at bay.
Patric Hornqvist's second goal of the game gave the Penguins the lead in the third period, and they went on to beat the Canadiens 5-3 Thursday night.
Pittsburgh fell behind 2-0 early before scoring tying it late in the first period, and taking the lead in the second. The Canadiens then quickly tied it again.
Oleksiak leads Penguins to 3-1 win over Stars
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jamie Oleksiak scored a goal against his former team to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.
Oleksiak scored his fifth of the season, while Evgeni Malkin got his 39th and added an assist. Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal, his 20th, to help the Penguins win for the fourth in five games.
Penguins sign forward Patric Hornqvist to 5-year extension
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins weren't about to let Patric Hornqvist get away.
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions signed the 31-year-old forward to a five-year extension Tuesday that runs through the 2022-23 season. The deal has an average annual value of $5.3 million.
He was set to become a free agent this summer but didn't hesitate on an extension once he was approached by general manager Jim Rutherford, who rarely makes such a move in the middle of the year.
Kessel, Malkin lead Pens past Canes 6-1 for 6th straight win
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins made plenty of moves Friday night — on the ice, with the roster and in the standings.
Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin each had two goals and an assist and the Penguins moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division by routing the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 for their season-best sixth straight victory.
Down three forwards because of injury and with two rookie wingers already in the lineup, the Penguins added another young player to the active roster when they recalled Teddy Blueger from their Wilkes-Barre affiliate late Thursday afternoon.
A second-round pick in 2012, Blueger will make his NHL debut Friday night at the Dallas Stars. Based on Thursday's practice, Blueger is expected to skate on the fourth line with Ryan Reaves and Dominik Simon.
Familiar Penguins lines feature Sidney Crosby-Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin-Phil Kessel pairings
As injuries continue to deplete the Penguins' depth chart at forward, coach Mike Sullivan opted for familiarity to help cope.
Line rushes during Thursday's practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex featured Jake Guentzel on a wing of Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel on the right side of Evgeni Malkin.
Those pairings were instrumental in the Penguins' run to the Stanley Cup last spring — the four combined to average exactly a point per game per player, posting 39 goals and 60 assists in 25 games.
Malkin, Kessel lead Penguins to 7-4 win over Capitals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin had two goals and two assists, Phil Kessel added two goals and an assist, and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins rolled past the Washington Capitals 7-4 on Friday night.
Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, who won their fourth straight to pull within four points of first-place Washington in the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Kessel, Malkin lead surging Penguins past Capitals, 7-4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the first three months of the regular season looking tired, lethargic, blah.
Then the calendar flipped to January and the urgency the Penguins lacked for long stretches as they slogged through their opening 40 games returned. So did the goals. Now they're coming bunches and so are the wins. And suddenly a legitimate shot at a three-peat doesn't seem quite so far-fetched after all.
Hornqvist gets 2 goals, Penguins beat slumping LA Kings 3-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Until Pittsburgh goalie Casey DeSmith got the start at Staples Center on Thursday night, his entire NHL experience consisted of two relief appearances in Penguins losses.
DeSmith seized the chance to grab his first career victory — with plenty of help from the Penguins' scoring stars.
Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and Evgeni Malkin got the tiebreaking goal early in the third period of Pittsburgh's fifth win in six games, 3-1 over the slumping Los Angeles Kings.
Simon, Kessel lead Penguins to 5-2 win against Rangers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dominik Simon admits he got a little wide-eyed as he closed in on his first NHL goal.
The only thing left for the Pittsburgh Penguins' rookie forward was to put the puck in a half-empty net.
Simon did just that as he and Phil Kessel scored milestone goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 victory against the New York Rangers on Sunday night. Kessel's 20th of the season was his 700th point that put the Penguins ahead for good.
Mark Madden: Mike Sullivan likes balanced lines, but it might not work for these Penguins
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan won Stanley Cups in each of the past two seasons. It's clear which of his championship teams Sullivan prefers.
His 2015-16 squad had amazing balance up front thanks to the phenomenon of the "HBK" line: Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel. Ostensibly the Penguins' third line, its members combined for 20 goals in 24 playoff games. Sold a lot of T-shirts, too.
Early in the third period of Saturday night's game with Toronto, a long Kris Letang stretch pass that was tipped by Maple Leafs winger Leo Komarov jumped up and hit Patric Hornqvist in the head.
The split-second Hornqvist had to recognize the puck was coming right at him made all the difference between a potentially long stay on the sidelines and a short one, he said.
Hornqvist sat out the rest of the third period Saturday, but he played against Colorado on Monday night.