PITTSBURGH -- Awakening from a slumber after going 37 minutes without taking a shot on goal, the Pittsburgh Penguins proved that they hadn't forgotten how to shoot and score, after all.
Rookie Jake Guentzel broke a tie by scoring from the right side 16 minutes, 43 seconds into the third period, ending the Penguins' bizarre offensive lull and ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- A fan-flung catfish was the most threatening thing Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne saw during the second period Monday night.
For much of the third, too.
The squishy mass went splat at the blue line -- and thankfully nobody worried about challenging whether it was offside.
While the moment was funny, it told part of the story ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Using his most emphatic language to date, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that the league will not take a break next season to allow players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
In addition, he said the 2018 NHL All-Star Game has been awarded to Tampa, which reinforces his resolve ...Read more
Gary Bettman emphatically shot down any idea that the NHL would participate in the 2018 Olympics.
The commissioner was considerably less clear when asked about the abuse Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has endured this postseason.
Second one first, given this is Pittsburgh after all. Crosby has endured a concussion this postseason, took a Mark ...Read more
In these playoffs, when Matt Cullen misses a wide-open net, or loses the puck on a breakaway, he has to hear about it from his toughest critics.
No, not Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.
His three sons, Joey, Wyatt and Brooks, ages seven through 10.
"It's mostly how to score," Cullen said. "They like to tell me what they would've done if they had...Read more
Essentially starting from the Penguins' first day of training camp in September, this question has been hanging over them:
Could they be the first team in nearly 20 years to successfully defend their Stanley Cup title?
At that point, the possibility seemed like a mere hypothetical, almost too monumental to even completely comprehend -- after ...Read more
A piece of NHL history belonging to the Detroit Red Wings is at risk.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the Stanley Cup Final, giving them a chance to be repeat champions. No team has pulled that off since the Wings did it in 1997 and 1998; few champions have even had the chance over the past 15 years, that's how hard it is to win in the ...Read more
There's no official discount, but Penguins fans looking to score a ticket to the Stanley Cup final against the Nashville Predators will have a much easier time doing so than their Nashville counterparts.
Online ticket marketplaces StubHub, SeatGeek, Ticket City and Vivid Seats all show drastic price differences between Stanley Cup final games ...Read more
Survival [Kindle Edition]John Fahey
This memoir is about a boy born in northeast England in 1944, taken to western Ireland when five years old, brought back to England when he was nine and battered by his father throughout his teenage years. He struggled to survive with memories of Ireland, his trust in his Catholic faith, the ...
PITTSBURGH -- It was said that the Penguins could not and would not reach the Stanley Cup Final without Kris Letang, that the slew of injuries they incurred during the second half of the regular season would crush them.
Or that, on the whole, they'd be entirely too tired, constantly hearing that teams coming off a long run the year before don't...Read more
Matt Murray has been through two Game 7s in his NHL career, and the experiences were quite different.
For his first, in the Eastern Conference final last season, Murray stopped 16 of 17 shots as the Penguins beat the Lightning, 2-1, to advance to the Stanley Cup final.
His second was two weeks ago against Washington. Murray watched from the ...Read more
OTTAWA, Ontario -- All the right things were said. The Senators are a good team, a proud group. They'll make a push. It won't be easy. Have to match their best.
The messages the Penguins preached prior to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday turned out to be very much accurate.
Especially the need to match the Senators' desire, ...Read more
Predators coach Peter Laviolette didn't seem overly impressed that in guiding his team to a six-game elimination of the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals he became only the fourth coach in NHL history to lead three teams to the Stanley Cup Final.
Laviolette, who won the Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and led the ...Read more
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With their season on the brink Monday night, the Ducks brought the best Game 6 they've played in many years. The same empty feeling of one without a Stanley Cup still couldn't be avoided.
This one culminated in the Western Conference finals for the second time in three years. The unheralded Colton Sissons gave Nashville the ...Read more
Conor Sheary wasn't surprised when Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made him a healthy scratch Sunday for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, but that doesn't mean Sheary was happy about it.
Regardless of the decision, however, Sheary recognizes that the best things he can do right now are support his teammates and prepare for his next ...Read more
OTTAWA, Ontario -- There is no NHL by-law mandating that teams have an elite defenseman if they want to win a Stanley Cup.
It only seems that way.
Fact is, for all the unpredictability of the playoffs, the need for a franchise-caliber defenseman seems to be an almost unwavering truth.
Kris Letang filled that role for the Penguins in 2016. A ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Hockey's best offensive team had been unable to score goals. It was akin to Aroldis Chapman losing his fastball or Usain Bolt running the 40-yard dash in 5 seconds flat. Scoring is what these Penguins do. Only they hadn't done it for the better part of three weeks.
The Penguins offense is apparently alive and well, ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pontus Aberg had 10 insignificant NHL playoff games before he laced up Saturday for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. His 11th became one to remember.
Aberg broke a tie between the Ducks and Nashville midway through the third period to lift the Predators to an eventual 3-1 victory at Honda Center and move with one ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The NHL on Saturday fined Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf $10,000 for the use of what it called an inappropriate remark Thursday night during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against Nashville.
The fine is the maximum amount allowable under the terms of the joint collective bargaining agreement between the league and the ...Read more
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Maybe Matt Murray was the magic elixir the Penguins' offense needed.
Or maybe chalk up the result to Murray's calm demeanor, which was evident from the start of this one.
It could also be a coincidence.
Whatever the reason, Murray's return as the Penguins' starting goaltender coincided with a better offensive performance ...Read more
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has a sparkling record this postseason following a loss -- 4-1 with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.
He won't get a chance to improve upon those numbers.
Coach Mike Sullivan announced Friday morning at the team's downtown hotel that Matt Murray will replace Fleury...Read more
- Stanley Cup tickets drastically cheaper in Pittsburgh than Nashville
- Commissioner says door closed on NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics
- NHL commissioner talks treatment of Crosby in playoffs, future of Olympics
- Penguins would make history by beating Nashville
- Penguins survive scare, open Stanley Cup final with 5-3 victory over Predators