Pens top Sens in 2OT, make Stanley Cup Final

/ May 26, 2017

Pens top Sens in 2OT, make Stanley Cup Final

Chris Kunitz spent a portion of the spring nursing a lower-body injury and wondering if his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins was over. The veteran forward’s contract is up this summer and he’s been around long enough to know how these things go, particularly ...

Senators take Penguins to Game 7

/ May 24, 2017

Senators take Penguins to Game 7

Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators bounced back nicely two days after a blowout loss put them on the brink of elimination. Anderson stopped 45 shots, Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins ...

Penguins fire on all cylinders in Game 5

/ May 22, 2017

Penguins fire on all cylinders in Game 5

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it “getting to our game.” It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending Stanley Cup champions put together Sunday ...

Crosby, Murray lead Pens in win

/ May 20, 2017

Crosby, Murray lead Pens in win

Matt Murray was back — and so was Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern ...

Senators chase Fleury, rout Pens

/ May 18, 2017

Senators chase Fleury, rout Pens

Mike Hoffman and his Ottawa Senators teammates heard all the chatter on social media about their style of play, which some perceived as “boring.” Their response? Well, LOL. And another big W. Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span ...

Penguins ramp up pressure in win

/ May 16, 2017

Penguins ramp up pressure in win

Mike Sullivan called the energetic back-and-forth on the Pittsburgh Penguins bench “a man’s argument.” If his players have something to say, Sullivan wants them to get it out. Enter Phil Kessel, the mercurial forward with the blistering shot and occasionally blistering tongue. Frustrated by ...

Ryan finds net in OT as Senators take Game 1

/ May 14, 2017

Ryan finds net in OT as Senators take Game 1

By his own estimate, it took Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan a full 82 games to adjust to first-year coach Guy Boucher’s system. Consider the forward all caught up. The rest of the consistently surprising Senators, too. Ryan broke in alone on Marc-Andre Fleury and deked ...

Penguins' Fleury stonewalls Capitals in Game 7

/ May 11, 2017

Penguins' Fleury stonewalls Capitals in Game 7

Marc-Andre Fleury thanked his stick and flashed a smile so wide it could be seen through his mask. This was vintage Fleury, and he has the Pittsburgh Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup. Fleury stopped all 29 shots in a turn-back-the-clock performance ...

Caps rout Pens to force Game 7

/ May 9, 2017

Caps rout Pens to force Game 7

The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise’s inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses. And they don’t care. It’s not 1992. It’s not 1996, 2009 or 2016 for that matter. The Capitals have spent the better part of the ...

Penguins hold off Caps, takes 3-1 series lead

/ May 4, 2017

Penguins hold off Caps, takes 3-1 series lead

Forget about revenge for the brutal cross-check that knocked Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby out of the playoffs indefinitely. Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t want any part of it. The Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender came up with a more effective method of retribution against the Washington Capitals. ...

Capitals edge Penguins in OT; Crosby injured

/ May 2, 2017

Capitals edge Penguins in OT; Crosby injured

A shot from the point by Washington’s Kevin Shattenkirk salvaged — or at the very least, extended — his team’s season. A far different kind of shot may end up determining the outcome of a playoff series growing more contentious by the shift. Shattenkirk’s ...