Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stops Steve Downie in Game One of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on April 16, 2015 in New York City.

Game 2 plan for Penguins offense is simple, but getting goals won't be

Penguins hope to throw a lot of shots at Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, get a lot of traffic in front of him and score on some rebounds

about 3 hours ago

 The Penguins' defensemen and fourth line celebrates Blake Comeau's goal Thursday in New York.

Penguins notebook: Fourth line gets first goal of playoffs as well as praise

Penguins’ recently created fourth line comes up big in Game 1 of playoff series against Rangers.

about 3 hours ago

 Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have struggled with injuries throughout the past couple of seasons, including both missing the playoffs in 2011.

Adam Bittner: Penguins shouldn't count on health of four expensive stars

It’s time to evaluate if it’s worth having Crosby, Fleury, Letang and Malking take up almost half of the team’s salary cap space.

about 11 hours ago

 The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist is good, but Steve Downie and the Penguins seem to keep running into goalies they can't put many pucks past.

Gene Collier: Mental approach aside, another failure for Penguins

In the opening game of what could be a short series, the Penguins were punchless once again as they lost to the Rangers, 2-1.

1 day ago

 Steve Downie takes a third period cross-checking penalty against the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Penguins' penalties prove punishing in opening loss to Rangers

All season the Penguins racked up penalty minutes; it took one period for the trend to continue Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

1 day ago

 Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin jokes with teammates during the the first day of the Penguins development camp in July at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Chorney, Dumoulin reunited for playoffs

Defensemen Taylor Chorney and Brian Dumoulin are used to being partners, but not in the NHL playoffs.

1 day ago

 The Penguins celebrate left wing Blake Comeau's goal during the second period of Game 1 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs against the New York Rangers, Thursday  at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Penguins fall to Rangers, 2-1, in playoff opener

The Penguins fell behind New York in the first minute of play and never caught up in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

1 day ago

 Penguins fans Travis Campalong, 17, Austin Campbell, 16, and Nick Derenzo, 16, all of South Park, watch a Penguins playoff game on the big screen across the street from Consol Energy Center last April.

Pens' playoff watch parties planned next week in Downtown

Large-screen TVs will be set up in Market Square for Game 3 Monday and at PPG Place for Game 4 Wednesday.

1 day ago

 Penguins head coach Mike Johnston conducts a training session Wednesday at Consol Energy Center. Johnston, a first-year coach, leads the Penguins into a first-round playoff series against New York Rangers that opens tonight.

Quiet fire drives Penguins’ first-year coach Mike Johnston

The scrutiny on Johnston and his team will reach new levels against the heavily favored New York Rangers, starting with tonight’s game.

2 days ago

 The Penguins haven't won a Stanley Cup since the 2009 playoff run when Evgeni Malkin (pictured lower left) had 36 points as the Conn Smythe Trophy MVP and Sidney Crosby (center) had 15 goals and 31 points.

Ron Cook: Stars must shine for Penguins to score upset

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin must be at the top of their games against top-seeded Rangers in tonight’s playoff game in New York.

2 days ago

 Evgeni Malkin, center, celebrates his goal with Blake Comeau, left, and Chris Kunitz March 6 against the Anaheim Ducks. Scoring has been a problem for this trio of late. Entering the Penguins series against the New York Rangers, Comeau has two goals in his past 23 games, Malkin has no goals in the past 10 games and Kunitz has two in his past 33.

Penguins notebook: Offense looking for diversity

The Penguins have star power, but it’s the supporting cast that might play the biggest role this postseason.

2 days ago

 Rangers winger Rick Nash is coming off a 42-goal regular season and had four goals in four games against the Penguins.

Dave Molinari breaks down the Penguins-Rangers series

The Post-Gazette’s hockey writer scouts the Penguins-Rangers first-round series and picks a winner.

2 days ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, 30, appeared in 64 games this season, had a 34-20-9 record, a 2.32 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and a league-leading 10 shutouts.

Three reasons the Penguins will — and won’t — win the Stanley Cup

Seth Rorabaugh breaks down the reasons for and against a Penguins playoff run.

2 days ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury keeps his eye on a bouncing puck in practice Tuesday. The Penguins will face the New York Rangers in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

All eyes on Penguins goalie Fleury as playoffs kick off Thursday

“He’s carried the team most of the year,” says former Pens goalie Gilles Meloche. “I see him doing that in the playoffs.”

3 days ago

 The road to the Stanley Cup begins tonight, but who will make it out of the first round of the NHL Playoffs?

Dave Molinari breaks down the Stanley Cup playoffs

The PG’s hockey writer predicts winners in the other (non-Penguins-Rangers) first-round playoff series, which start Wednesday.

3 days ago

 Christian Ehrhoff battles for a loose puck with Jaromir Jagr during an October game at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Injured defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has full contact

Christian Ehrhoff goes through full practice, but coach Mike Johnston didn’t say if he will play Thursday against the New York Rangers.

3 days ago

 Penguins' Blake Comeau and Brandon Sutter celebrate a goal by Sutter against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday in Buffalo.

Underdog status has little effect on Penguins

The Pens face the New York Rangers in their first-round playoff series Thursday night.

4 days ago

 Sidney Crosby makes a move on the Rangers' Marc Staal in the third period of a game in November at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Sidney Crosby remembers Marc Staal’s tactics

The Rangers defenseman was key in limiting Sidney Crosby to one goal and two assists in seven games last year in the playoffs.

4 days ago

 Penguins fans Travis Campalong, 17, Austin Campbell, 16, and Nick Derenzo, 16, all of South Park, watch a playoff game on the big screen last April across the street from the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins will not have playoff viewing parties

Construction at the site of the former Civic Arena has forced the Penguins to suspend a seven-year tradition.

4 days ago

 Sidney Crosby takes a shot Saturday at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Seth Rorabaugh's Penguins hockey chat transcript: 4.13.15

Seth takes your questions on the Penguins and their prospects for the NHL Playoffs.

4 days ago

 Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff could return in the postseason, but if not, some AHL call-ups can at least help ease a heavy workload.

Penguins weather injury storm to reach postseason with help on way

After barely making it to the playoffs, the Penguins should finally be able to shore up their shortage of defensemen.

5 days ago

 The Penguins go into the postseason as underdogs, but also backed by Marc Andre-Fleury and his league-best 10 shutouts.

Penguins notebook: Rare underdog position against Rangers

The Penguins will open their first-round playoff series against the Rangers Thursday in New York.

5 days ago

 Penguins fans Travis Campalong, 17, Austin Campbell, 16, and Nick Derenzo, 16, all of South Park, watched the Penguins game on the big screen across the street from the Consol Energy Center last year

Penguins: No playoff viewing parties outside Consol this year

The team said construction at the site of former Civic Arena will not allow the Penguins to erect a video screen.

4 days ago

 Blake Comeau, left, and Brandon Sutter celebrate a goal by Sutter during the second period of Saturday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y.

Penguins announce opening-round playoff schedule

Schedule for the Penguins’ opening-round playoff series against the New York Rangers in New York.

5 days ago

Penguins recall Dumoulin, Harrington for reinforcement

The recalls will allow the club to play with six defensemen to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

5 days ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury looks for the puck in the second period Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center in New York

Ron Cook: Fleury saves Penguins season

Fleury was strong again and showed why he’s the Penguins’ MVP and the winner of their Players’ Player Award by stopping 28 shots.

6 days ago

 Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.

Kris Letang's outlook optimistic

Penguins notebook: But star defenseman likely won’t play in the postseason if the Penguins qualify and make a long run.

6 days ago

 When Mario Lemieux, left, and Ron Burkle rode through Downtown in June 2009, there seemed to be at least one or two more parades in their future. To date, there have been none.

On the Penguins: Final thoughts

Post-Gazette Penguins beat writer Dave Molinari gives some observations and poses some questions as the regular season comes to a close.

6 days ago

 Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyson Strachan (24) tries to block a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period Saturday at First Niagara Center.

Penguins clinch playoff berth with win in Buffalo

The win sends Pittsburgh to the postseason for the ninth consecutive year.

6 days ago

 Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save in front of Sidney Crosby and Islanders' Michael Grabner in the second period Friday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: For Penguins, it comes down to delivering under pressure

There is no good excuse should the Penguins lose tonight and be eliminated. The Sabres are the NHL’s worst team, but the pressure is on.

1 week ago

Penguins notebook: Kennedy tries to fit in with Islanders

Former Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy tries to fit in with Islanders after rough time in San Jose

1 week ago

 Samuel Ventura, a statistics graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, co-founded the hockey blog  Ventura also plays hockey for Carnegie Mellon.

Analytics gaining foothold in NHL, too

Use of analytics continues to grow among NHL teams, including the Penguins.

1 week ago

 Penguins' Evgeni Malkin works against Nick Leddy in the first period Friday at Consol Energy Center.

Loss to Islanders puts Penguins' playoff fate on line in final game

If the Penguins win their finale tonight in Buffalo, N.Y., they will be in. Lose, and they still can qualify, but they would need help.

1 week ago

 Sidney Crosby scores against Senators goalie Andrew Hammond in the first period Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

Penguins confident they still will make the playoffs

The Penguins say they are confident about their chances to make the postseason despite their recent collapse.

1 week ago

 Derrick Pouliot battles Ottawa's Zack Smith in front of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Ottawa, Ontario.

Penguins notebook: Injury to Derrick Pouliot could leave defense short again

Derrick Pouliot’s injury could force Penguins to play a man short on defense again tonight in key game against Islanders.

1 week ago

 Senators right wing Mark Stone celebrates his goal scored against Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre Tuesday night in Ottawa. The Senators defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.

Penguins grasping for solutions — or answers — for late-season slide

The Penguins are 0-3-1 in their past four games, 3-8-2 in their past 13 and in jeopardy of missing the postseason.

1 week ago

 Penguins head coach Mike Johnston watches his team take on the Stars March 19 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Stars defeated the Penguins 2-1.

Gene Collier: Penguins coach Johnston definitely not fighting for his job

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford says injuries/illnesses won’t affect the coach’s job security if the Penguins miss the playoffs.

1 week ago

 Derrick Pouliot battles Ottawa's Zack Smith in front of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the first period of last night's game in Ottawa. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, )

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 4.8.15

There is much soul-searching in Pittsburgh Nation after last night’s Penguins game. Jerry takes questions on that and the Pirates this week.

1 week ago

 Christian Ehrhoff is checked by Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki in a December game at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Ehrhoff, Letang absent again

Christian Ehrhoff and Kris Letang missed the Penguins’ game Tuesday night vs. the Senators, but they “could” be ready for the playoffs.

1 week ago

 Ottawa's Mike Hoffman, right, celebrates with teammate Clarke MacArthur after Hoffman's game-tying goal against the Penguins on Tuesday.

Penguins blow three-goal lead, lose to Ottawa in overtime

The Penguins still haven’t clinched a playoff spot and failed to hold an advantage against the Senators on Tuesday.

1 week ago

 Toronto's Joffrey Lupul closes in to score on Ottawa Senators' goalie Andrew Hammond during the first period of a game in Toronto on Sunday.

Penguins face 'huge' game against Senators, NHL's hottest goalie

The Penguins can clinch a playoff berth with a victory tonight against Ottawa, but beating Andrew Hammond won’t be easy.

1 week ago

 Out of reach: Beau Bennett hasn't scored a goal in 30 games for the Penguins.

Penguins role players not generating enough scoring

Penguins notebook:The Penguins’ top-heavy offense is struggling to score, and a lack of production from some of the team’s role players is

1 week ago

 Penguins goalie Thomas Greiss reacts after allowing a third period goal yesterday against the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Flyers won 4-1.

Seth Rorabaugh's Penguins chat transcript: 4.6.15

The Penguins continue to sputter towards the postseason and Seth takes your questions on what is wrong with the boys of winter.

1 week ago

 Evgeni Malkin and Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason watch nearby play in the third period Sunday.

Penguins notebook: Malkin makes presence felt in first game back

Evgeni Malkin, who had missed the previous two games with an unspecified injury, recorded a couple of hits and won 7 of 14 faceoffs Sunday.

1 week ago

 Flyers center Ryan White, left, celebrates after a goal by teammate  Brayden Schenn, not pictured, against the Penguins during the second period at Wells Fargo Center.

Penguins tumble continues after loss against Flyers, 4-1

The Penguins’ stretch-drive swoon continued today, as they lost to Philadelphia, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.

1 week ago

Malkin expected to be in lineup today for game against Flyers

The Penguins are trying to hold onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

1 week ago

 Kris Letang suffered a concussion on a hit by the Coyotes’ Shane Doan.

On the Penguins: Hurt chances all over

Penguins star Kris Letang’s shot at taking home the Norris Trophy given to the NHL’s best defenseman has all but faded away.

1 week ago

 Evgeni Malkin may have aggravated his injury by playing in back-to-back games last weekend, coach Mike Johnston said.

Penguins notebook: Evgeni Malkin's return today no cinch

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said “it seems like things are going along fine” for Evgeni Malkin, but that’s no guarantee of good health.

1 week ago

 The Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno, right, scores a goal past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the second period Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Penguins give up lead to lose to Blue Jackets, 5-3

The Columbus Blue Jackets set their franchise win streak Saturday, as the Penguins left two critical points on the ice at Nationwide Arena.

1 week ago

 “We need to figure out how to make it, but I’m not too worried,” Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said.

Late-season slump makes playoffs no sure thing for Penguins

Previously unfathomable, the Penguins risk missing the playoffs if their poor play continues.

2 weeks ago


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