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NHL reacts to passing of all-time great Gordie Howe

Jun 11, 2016

NHL reacts to passing of all-time great Gordie Howe

Reaction to Friday’s death of NHL great Gordie Howe at the age of 88: ___ “Unfortunately we lost the greatest hockey player ever today, but more importantly the nicest man I have ever met. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Howe family and ...

Jones keeps Sharks alive in Game 5

Jun 10, 2016

Jones keeps Sharks alive in Game 5

There’s very little flash to Martin Jones. The San Jose Sharks goaltender speaks in a polite monotone, only too eager to deflect attention elsewhere. Call it a reflex action honed from years spent wearing a mask while intentionally standing in the way of a ...

Jun 9, 2016

NHL sues union to restore Wideman ban

The NHL on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against its players union, seeking to restore a 20-game suspension against Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman that a “neutral” arbitrator later cut in half. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the NHL ...

Penguins on brink of clinching Stanley Cup title

Jun 7, 2016

Penguins on brink of clinching Stanley Cup title

The Pittsburgh Penguins were confident that three straight games without a point for Evgeni Malkin and a rare off night by Matt Murray were an aberration more than a concern. Bounce-back performances from those two key players moved the Penguins to the brink of ...

Donskoi goal puts Sharks back into Stanley Cup hunt

Jun 5, 2016

Donskoi goal puts Sharks back into Stanley Cup hunt

Joonas Donskoi wasn’t even born when the San Jose Sharks started in 1991 and hadn’t taken part in any of a series of playoff disappointments that haunted the franchise over the years. On a team full of big-name stars, it was a Finnish rookie ...

Penguins edge Sharks in overtime, take 2-0 series lead

Jun 2, 2016

Penguins edge Sharks in overtime, take 2-0 series lead

Sidney Crosby enters the faceoff circle with a plan every time, well aware it will almost certainly evaporate once the puck smacks the ice. That doesn’t stop the Pittsburgh superstar from doing it, because every once in a while the idea in his head ...

Maturing Crosby again living up to expectations

Jun 1, 2016

Maturing Crosby again living up to expectations

Sidney Crosby does not have an off switch. If there was one, Patric Hornqvist believes he would have found it by now. Not once over the last two years while playing alongside one of the NHL’s most popular players has Hornqvist seen an exasperated ...

Penguins edge Sharks in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

May 31, 2016

Penguins edge Sharks in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Nick Bonino looks the part. Thatchy beard that juts out well below his chinstrap. Nose a bit askew. The rugged forward has etched out a career making a living in tight spaces, putting his body in places on the ice that aren’t for the ...

Penguins put away Lightning to reach Stanley Cup Final

May 27, 2016

Penguins put away Lightning to reach Stanley Cup Final

The hours before the biggest game of Bryan Rust’s life were restless. The nap he tried to sneak in never materialized. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward’s mind was simply too busy. “I was just sitting up there looking at the ceiling,” Rust said. Yet even ...

Penguins force decisive Game 7

May 25, 2016

Penguins force decisive Game 7

The Pittsburgh Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin’s pledge to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory ...