Penguins winger Brandon Sutter scores the go-ahead goal on Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in the third period of Game 1 of this first round series Wednesday night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center.

Columbus comes apart late in Game 1 defeat

For 21 minutes, the Columbus Blue Jackets had Game 1 of the opening-round playoff series against the Penguins exactly where they wanted it.

about 17 hours ago

 Penguins winger Beau Bennett.

Shift in line suits Penguins winger Bennett just fine

Beau Bennett's mid-game switch from first line to third line, right wing to left wing, pays instant dividends.

about 17 hours ago

Penguins notebook: Richards, Bylsma go back as colleagues and friends

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards face off in the playoffs for the first time.

about 16 hours ago

 The Penguins' Beau Bennett is congratulated by Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Sutter and Matt Niskanen after scoring against the Blue Jackets in the second period Wednesday night of Game 1 of this first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Game 1 looked very different

Compared to recent playoffs, first-round opener looked and felt very different from its immediate predecessors.

about 16 hours ago

 The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin kicks the puck away from the Blue Jackets' Ryan Murray in the third period.

Penguins overcome Blue Jackets to grab 4-3 victory in Game 1

Columbus was making just the second playoff appearance in franchise history, but it was the Penguins who seemed out of sorts early.

about 16 hours ago

 Chris Kunitz celebrates scoring a redirection off Paul Martin's shot in the first period of a November 2013 game against the Blue Jackets. The Penguins won that game, 4-2.

Penguins playoffs outlook: Why they will (or won't) beat Columbus

Three reasons the Penguins will win their first-round matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and three reasons why they won't.

1 day ago

 Columbus' Nathan Horton knocks down Beau Bennett while battling for the puck in a game against the Penguins late last month.

Matchup: Penguins vs. Blue Jackets

Post-Gazette Penguins reporter Dave Molinari breaks down the first-round matchup between the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets.

1 day ago

 Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and winger Chris Kunitz pressure each other in front of the goal Tuesday at practice.

Monstrous edge in experience provides Penguins with no guarantee for success

The Penguins have considerably more playoff experience than Columbus, but they aren't counting on an easy first-round series.

1 day ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save last month against Phoenix.

Penguins notebook: Marc-Andre Fleury tries to keep on winning in playoffs

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury wipes the slate clean and is ready to dive into the playoffs after a strong regular season.

1 day ago

 Brandon Sutter and the Penguins better hope they don't see too many goal celebrations from the Blue Jackets in their first-round playoff series.

Gene Collier: Time for Penguins to play like ... uh ... Penguins

The Penguins need to play more like the Penguins in the playoffs than play like the Flyers.

1 day ago

Pens assign three players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Defenseman Simon Despres is sent down, along with forwards Harry Zolnierczyk and Chuck Kobasew.

2 days ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury: "Maybe people don't see us as much as the favorite. I think that's fine. No problem."

Penguins not favored to win for a change

After being a perennial Stanley Cup favorite, the team is in a different position heading into the playoffs this year.

2 days ago

Penguins notebook: Playoff's arrival suits team just fine

Penguins eager to play 'meaningful' games after spending a lot of time honing things in preparation for the playoffs.

2 days ago

Dave Molinari scouts the NHL playoffs


2 days ago

 This postseason could be the last for Brooks Orpik, center. The defenseman has been a fixture in the lineup since the 2003-04 season.

Ron Cook: Orpik isn't ready for goodbyes

Defenseman Brooks Orpik knows that this might be his last chance to win a second Stanley Cup as a Penguin.

2 days ago

Shelly Anderson's Penguins chat transcript: 04.14.14

The Post-Gazette's Shelly Anderson answers questions about who's in and who's out as the Penguins prepare to  open the NHL playoffs.

3 days ago

 Fans react to the big screen outside Consol Energy Center prior to a Penguins game.

Penguins' playoff games to be on outdoor screen

Fans will be able to gather at the corner of Centre Avenue and Mario Lemieux Place to watch the games.

3 days ago

 The Penguins today recalled goaltender Tomas Vokoun.

Pens recall goaltender Vokoun

It's possible that Vokoun could be the No. 3 goalie behind Fleury and Zatkoff.

3 days ago

 Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had no update on whether center Evgeni Malkin will return for Game 1 of the playoffs.

Penguins notebook: Injured forwards still in question for Game 1

Dan Bylsma said he doesn't have "an expectation" or a "definitive answer" on which players will suit up for the first game of the playoffs.

3 days ago

 Kris Letang, his teammates and Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under plenty of scrutiny as their playoff run begins.

Ron Cook: Playoffs mean it's gut-check time for all Penguins

Another early postseason exit from the Penguins likely will not be tolerated, and seats will get hotter for players and coach alike.

3 days ago

 The Eastern Conference playoff bracket for the 2014 NHL postseason.

Changes to NHL postseason have their advantages

With conference realignment and other changes, the NHL postseason system is a bit different -- and more confusing -- than in years past.

3 days ago

 The Senators' Mark Stone celebrates a first period goal in front of Penguins' goalie Jeff Zatkoff at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins close regular season with 3-2 shootout loss to Senators

The Penguins finished the 2013-14 regular season 27 games over .500. They accumulated 109 points, second most in franchise history.

3 days ago

 The Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen, right, collides with the Penguins' Tanner Glass during a game on March 28. The Penguins face Columbus in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

NHL releases schedule for Penguins' first-round playoff series against Blue Jackets

The Penguins and Columbus will open the best-of-seven series at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

3 days ago

Pens recall winger Kobasew

In 32 games with the team, Kobasew had two goals. The Pens play their regular-season finale tonight at Consol Center.

4 days ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Philadelphia's Tye McGinn in the second period Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Cheers to this loss for Penguins

Avoiding the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs is likely a good thing for the Penguins, who rarely respond well to their archrivals.

4 days ago

 Sidney Crosby

On the Penguins: Before we move on ...

A weekly look at the team, the issues and the questions by Post-Gazette Penguins reporter Dave Molinari.

4 days ago

 Jussi Jokinen celebrates after scoring the Penguins' first goal Saturday against the Flyers at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Season finale will generate a purpose

The Penguins will find ways to make meaning out of their season-ending game tonight against Ottawa.

4 days ago

 Marc-Andre Fleury reacts as the Flyers' Jakub Voracek celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins fall to Flyers, 4-3, in OT

The Flyers' overtime win means the two teams won’t meet in the first round of the playoffs. The Penguins will face Columbus.

4 days ago

Penguins face Blue Jackets in first round

The Penguins will face Columbus in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

4 days ago

 Penguins center Evgeni Malkin takes a hit on the chin from the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds earlier this season.

Same plot, different opponent for Penguins

The Penguins again face a possible first-round playoff opponent as the regular season winds down, and this time it's archrival Philadelphia.

5 days ago

To play or not is tricky question for injured players

Evgeni Malkin is skating, but might not return to the Penguins lineup before the playoffs start next week.

5 days ago

 Jussi Jokinen

Penguins notebook: Jokinen lauds home crowd

Jussi Jokinen says Penguins fans had a hand -- or at least a voice -- in his third-period goal Wednesday night against the Detroit Red

6 days ago

 The Penguins have been searching all season for wingers to complement third-line center Brandon Sutter.

Mission not accomplished: Penguins' hunt continues for set 3rd, 4th lines

With the playoffs fast approaching, the Penguins still haven't gotten their third, fourth lines established, mostly because of injuries.

6 days ago

Ron Cook: With much of the lineup back, playoffs should be a fun ride

There is no reason to predict a failure before the Stanley Cup playoffs start.

1 week ago

 The Penguins' Brian Gibbons is pulled down by the Red Wings' Brian Lashoff at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins slip past Red Wings, 4-3, in shootout

By earning a point, Detroit clinched a playoff spot. The Red Wings are a possible first-round playoff opponent for the Penguins.

1 week ago

 Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will return to the lineup tonight against Detroit at Consol Energy Center.

Letang returns to Penguins lineup

Kris Letang, 26, had been out since Jan. 29  because of a stroke. It had been unclear whether he would play again this season.

1 week ago

 The Penguins may get a glimpse of a first-round playoff opponent when they play the Detroit Red Wings tonight att Consol.

Penguins get chance to shape their future

The outcome of the game tonight against Detroit could help determine the Penguins’ first-round playoff opponent.

1 week ago

 Tomas Vokoun makes a save in the playoffs last year.

Penguins notebook: Vokoun to see if he can play

Tomas Vokoun to end long layoff caused by blood clot when he plays for the Penguins' minor-league affiliate on a conditioning assignment.

1 week ago

 Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun, left, makes a save on a shot by the Flyers' Scott Hartnell last season in Philadelphia.

Penguins goaltender Vokoun assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Tomas Vokoun, out since training camp after a procedure to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis, has been practicing for several weeks.

1 week ago

 Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.

Orpik’s future remains up in the air

Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, 33, is not sure what his NHL future holds or even where he will be playing next season.

1 week ago

 Penguins left winger Jussi Jokinen, left, scores against Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in the shootout.

Shelly Anderson's Penguins chat transcript: 4.7.14

With the postseason nigh, Shelly takes your questions on the Penguins.

1 week ago

Penguins notebook: Avalanche rookie having Crosby-like season

Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon, from the same town as Sidney Crosby, is a candidate for NHL rookie of the year.

1 week ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a stop against Colorado center Ryan O'Reilly in the shootout. It was one of three saves made by Fleury in the shootout.

Penguins beat Avalanche in shootout, 3-2

Despite playing with their most diluted lineup of the season, the Penguins beat a team that had been the hottest in the NHL.

1 week ago

 The Penguins' Sidney Crosby will sit out of tonight's game along with three other regulars for unspecified injuries.

Crosby, three other regulars, out for Penguins in Denver

Sidney Crosby, Brooks Orpik, Olli Maatta and Chris Kunitz will be held out of the game against Colorado because of unspecified injuries.

1 week ago

 Jussi Jokinen missed Saturday night's game at Minnesota with an unspecified injury.

Penguns notebook: Jussi Jokinen misses first game

Jussi Jokinen sat out for the first time this season, adding his own name to the long list of battered Penguins.

1 week ago

On the Penguins: Red Wings or Blue Jackets?

In all likelihood, the Penguins will face the higher-ranked wild card - right now, Detroit or Columbus - in the first round of the playoffs.

1 week ago

Penguins frozen out by Wild

Were coach Dan Bylsma inclined to make a tape of everything his club did well, he probably could settle for three or four snapshots.

1 week ago

 Rob Scuderi, left, and Brandon Sutter said the Penguins' penalty-kill is getting better.

Penguins penalty-killers spot encouraging signs

Penguins penalty-killers ended their recent slump in a win against Winnipeg and hope for a return to top form in time for the playoffs.

1 week ago

 Defenseman Paul Martin returned Thursday night in the Penguins' win against Winnipeg.

Penguins notebook: Paul Martin back, focused on playoffs

Defenseman Paul Martin returned to the Penguins lineup after a lengthy absence because of a broken right hand.

1 week ago

 The Penguins' Craig Adams is congratulated by teammates for his goal in the second period at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

Penguins clinch first in Metropolitan Division with 4-2 win at Winnipeg

The Penguins have wrapped up a division title in consecutive years for just the second time in franchise history.

1 week ago


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