Kuhnhackl scores 2 goals, Islanders beat Canucks 5-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off three straight losses, the New York Islanders fell behind early. They took the lead with two quick goals and then pulled away in the third period for a confidence-building win.
Tom Kuhnhackl scored two unusual goals to lead the Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
Eberle scores twice, Islanders top Penguins 6-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored twice in the second period to help the New York Islanders pull away from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 6-3 victory Tuesday night.
The Penguins held a ceremony before the game to honor the victims of Saturday's synagogue shooting in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Squirrel Hill. It included an 11-second moment of silence in memory of the 11 people slain.
After big changes, Islanders hope to start getting better
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Seventh in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Barry Trotz (first season, 20th NHL season).
ADDED: F Leo Komarov, F Valtteri Filppula, F Tom Kuhnhackl, F Jan Kovar, G Robin Lehner, D Luca Sbisa.
LOST: F John Tavares, D Calvin de Haan, G Jaroslav Halak.
Islanders, RW Tom Kuhnhackl agree to 1-year deal
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent forward Tom Kuhnhackl on Monday.
The 26-year-old right wing had four goals and 12 assists in 57 games for Pittsburgh last season. He has 11 goals and 28 assists in 168 career games over three seasons — all with the Penguins.
Kuhnhackl, who was on Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2016 and 2017, also has three goals and four assists in 47 career playoff games.
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.
Even when some standout players switch teams, their local fans still adore them. That's the case with former Penguin Marc-Andre Fleury, a 14-year veteran with the Pittsburgh team who's now eight months into his position with the Vegas Golden Knights. Although longevity certainly establishes a bond with fans, so too does personality — as clearly is the case with Mr. Fleury. While playing for a different team, he still gets a hometown salute.
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.
Friday marked exactly one month that Carter Rowney had been out of game action.
"Felt like I was out for six months," the Penguins forward said Friday morning, with a relieved smile.
He didn't have to wait any longer.
Rowney was activated from injured reserve a couple hours later and was in the lineup for the Penguins' game against the rival Washington Capitals that night.
With Tom Kuhnhackl ailing with an upper-body injury, the Penguins called up one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's top scorers Friday evening.
Dominik Simon, who is tied for the Baby Pens scoring lead with 16 points in 20 games, got the call for the first time this season.
Simon, a shifty 5-foot-11 winger from the Czech Republic, has two assists in five NHL games spread over the previous two seasons.
Jarry makes 34 saves for 1st shutout, Pens beat Sabres 4-0
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After keeping the puck out of the net for three periods, Tristan Jarry tucked it in his bag for a keepsake.
The rookie made 34 saves for his first NHL shutout, Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to five games and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 on Friday night.
"He earned it," said Crosby, who had a goal and an assist. "It was a great game by him. He made big saves all the way through."
NEW YORK (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert was suspended one game for his cross-check to Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl late in the third period of a Game 2 loss to the Penguins.
Calvert will miss Game 3 Sunday. The NHL announced the suspension Saturday night.
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.
Eric Staal scores in 3rd period to lift Wild past Hurricanes
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in an NHL exhibition game Sunday in St. Paul.
Staal, playing against his former team, also assisted on Charlie Coyle's second period goal for the Wild, which tied the game 1-1. Jason Zucker added a late goal.
Devan Dubnyk made 16 saves, only yielding Derek Ryan's power-play goal at 8:46 of the first period.
Thomas Di Pauli suspects he might beat former Notre Dame teammate Bryan Rust in a race around the rink.
Even if his skating speed fails him against one of the Penguins' fastest wingers, Di Pauli believes it will give him a good shot to push someone else out of a roster spot.