Penguins rally to overcome McDavid, Oilers

Nov 9, 2016

Penguins rally to overcome McDavid, Oilers

Connor McDavid skated into the faceoff circle and looked up and there he was: his childhood idol Sidney Crosby. The NHL’s future vs. the NHL’s present. And as mature as the Edmonton Oilers’ rising 19-year-old star can be on the ice, even he was ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...