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Penguins hold off late Predators rally to win Stanley Cup Final opener, 5-3

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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

Ripple effect of Patrick Sharp trade still stings Blackhawks two years later

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On July 10, 2015, the Blackhawks traded winger Patrick Sharp and defensive prospect Stephen Johns to the Stars for defenseman Trevor Daley and winger Ryan Garbutt.

The Hawks and general manager Stan Bowman had to unload Sharp's salary to get below the salary cap and Johns was the price they had to pay -- a steep one considering the Stars are ...Read more

Penguins survive scare, open Stanley Cup final with 5-3 victory over Predators

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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

Commissioner says door closed on NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics

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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

NHL commissioner talks treatment of Crosby in playoffs, future of Olympics

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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

Penguins' kids enjoying the ride as much as their dads

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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

Penguins would make history by beating Nashville

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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

How Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final could unseat Red Wings

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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

Stanley Cup tickets drastically cheaper in Pittsburgh than Nashville

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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

Kunitz sends Penguins to Stanley Cup with Game 7 double-OT winner over Senators

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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

Penguins goalie Murray ready for Game 7

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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

Penguins edged, 2-1, as Senators force Game 7

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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 joins an elite group with another trip to Stanley Cup Final

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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

Ducks are denied as Predators hold on to win Game 6, series

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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

Penguins' Conor Sheary vows to be a good teammate while improving his game

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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

Penguins blue line getting the job done without Kris Letang

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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

Game 5 blowout: Penguins trounce Senators, 7-0

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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.

Until Sunday.

The Penguins offense is apparently alive and well, ...Read more

Ducks pushed to brink as Predators rally to win Game 5

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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

NHL fines Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf $10,000 for use of inappropriate remark

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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

Penguins even series with 3-2 victory over Senators

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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

 

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