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 ...

Lightning edge Penguins

May 21, 2016

Lightning edge Penguins

Ninety minutes before the opening faceoff, Jon Cooper talked about what the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to do to get back on track in the Eastern Conference finals. “We’ve got to play better,” the coach said. “That’s it.” Ryan Callahan provided an early spark, ...

Penguins sink Lightning in Game 3

May 19, 2016

Penguins sink Lightning in Game 3

Sidney Crosby and Co. kept pressing and shooting until the Pittsburgh Penguins finally imposed their will. Crosby, Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz scored third-period goals to help the Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday ...

Penguins rebound with overtime victory over Lightning

May 17, 2016

Penguins rebound with overtime victory over Lightning

Sidney Crosby wasn’t sure Bryan Rust saw him, so the Pittsburgh Penguins captain gave his impromptu linemate a quick yell just to make sure. “I tried to let him know I was there,” Crosby said. A deft drop pass from Rust and a flick ...

Lightning lose goalie, beat Penguins

May 14, 2016

Lightning lose goalie, beat Penguins

The sight of their franchise goalie writhing in agony did little to slow down the Tampa Bay Lightning. How could it? Watching the bold-faced names on their roster taken off the ice with their long-term status unknown has become commonplace for perhaps the NHL’s ...

Penguins win in OT to knock out Capitals

May 11, 2016

Penguins win in OT to knock out Capitals

A three-goal lead gone — and his team’s momentum right along with it — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan provided a reminder heading to overtime of Game 6 of a relentlessly entertaining playoff series against the Washington Capitals. Keep skating. Play fast. Be confident. ...

Hornqvist lifts Penguins to OT triumph over Capitals

May 5, 2016

Hornqvist lifts Penguins to OT triumph over Capitals

Patric Hornqvist makes a living by working in tight spaces. Given a rare moment of freedom from his usual spot parked in front of the opponent’s net, the Pittsburgh Penguins forward pushed the Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination. Hornqvist fired a loose ...

Penguins skate past Capitals, take 2-1 series lead

May 3, 2016

Penguins skate past Capitals, take 2-1 series lead

Outhit, outshot and largely outplayed, Pittsburgh grabbed control of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington anyway. Blame it on a 21-year-old rookie goaltender who hardly seems intimidated by the stakes, the prospect of his mentor watching from the bench or the avalanche of shots ...

Penguins dig deep to beat Capitals

May 1, 2016

Penguins dig deep to beat Capitals

Already down a game in their second-round playoff series, Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh Penguins suddenly were down a man, too, on Saturday night, when Olli Maatta was leveled by a high hit from Washington’s Brooks Orpik less than 5 minutes in. So the ...

Penguins beat Rangers, win series

Apr 24, 2016

Penguins beat Rangers, win series

The end of two springs’ worth of playoff angst for the Pittsburgh Penguins came suddenly, crammed into 14 minutes of pure exhilaration, one highlight-reel sequence piled atop another. And perhaps it’s fitting that Pittsburgh’s relentless five-game demolition of the New York Rangers — completed ...

Surging Penguins ready for playoffs

Apr 12, 2016

Surging Penguins ready for playoffs

Matt Cullen can’t quite find the right words to describe it. Maybe because the seemingly ageless Pittsburgh Penguins center has never experienced a season quite like this in a career that spans eight cities and nearly two decades. Lifeless and listless in December, the ...