Penguins


 Rangers' Derek Stepan celebrates his first period powerplay goal against Marc-Andre Fleury Friday night  at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Rangers knock Penguins out of series, ending a long season

The Penguins played their best game of the postseason tonight but will exit the playoffs after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers.

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NHL announces start time for Penguins' potential Game 6

In order to make that game necessary, the Penguins must defeat the Rangers in tonight's Game 5 in New York

about 21 hours ago


 Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Maxim Lapierre hit the ice as they lose in overtime to the Rangers in game 4 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, April 22, 2015, at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins have been on the edge for a few weeks

The regular season ended with the Penguins in elimination mode, so Game 5 tonight against the Rangers shouldn’t feel any different.

about 22 hours ago


 Penguins defenseman Derrick Pouliot, right, could return and boost the lineup tonight for Game 5 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Pouliot's possible return would be boost for Penguins

Coach Mike Johnston described Pouliot as well as right winger Beau Bennett as “close to playing.”

about 22 hours ago


 New York's Carl Hagelin carries the puck up ice against the Penguins' Chris Kunitz in the second period Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Facing elimination, Penguins embrace one-step-at-a-time mantra

The Penguins’ last best hope is the venue tonight, Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

about 22 hours ago


 Penguins defenseman Scott Harrington has been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Penguins re-assign defenseman Harrington to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The move opens the door for a potential return by Derrick Pouliot, who was injured in the last week of the regular season.

1 day ago


 Paul Martin skates off the ice as the Rangers celebrate their overtime goal in Game 4, giving them a 3-1 edge in the first-round series and a chance to clinch Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Gene Collier: Penguins solve some problems, but find another way to lose to Rangers

After scoring first, holding a lead through the first period, all at home, the Pens still find themselves at the edge of the playoff cliff.

1 day ago


 Hal Gill played for the Penguins for two seasons. He was a key part of Pittsburgh’s 2009 championship.

Defenseman Hal Gill retires from NHL after 16 seasons

Gill had 36 goals, 148 assists and 962 penalty minutes for his career. His NHL debut came with the Bruins in 1997.

1 day ago


 Penguins' Maxim Lapierre is hit into the Rangers bench in the first period of Game 4 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins must play desperate vs. Rangers to stay alive in playoffs

As defenseman Rob Scuderi put it: “We’re playing for our season now.”

1 day ago


Penguins notebook: Wilson makes it through an NHL game without injury

Scott Wilson celebrates making it through his first playoff game

1 day ago


 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Rangers center Derick Brassard in the third period of Game 4 of the first-round playoff series Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center. Brassard scored the tying goal in the second period, and the Rangers won, 2-1, to take a 3-1 lead in the series.

Rangers' Brassard proves again to be thorn in Penguins’ side

Center Derick Brassard has seven career postseason goals against the Penguins the past two seasons, including the tying score Wednesday.

1 day ago


 A shot by Rangers center Derick Brassard goes in the net against Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins on brink of elimination after 2-1 loss in OT

New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes scored on a rebound in overtime Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

1 day ago


 The Penguins' Maxim Lapierre battles for a loose puck with the Rangers' Carl Hagelin in the first period Monday night at the Consol Energy Center. Fast starts have not been a problem for New York, but the Penguins have struggled early.

Fast start would be welcome change for Penguins

Stumble out of the gate again tonight, and they might be in peril of having their season end before the weekend does.

2 days ago


 Penguins' Maxim Lapierre battles for a loose puck against the Rangers' Carl Hagelin in the first period at the Consol Energy Center Monday night.

Gene Collier: Playing at home no help for Penguins

If the Penguins have a home ice advantage at the Consol Energy Center, it's not apparent, especially in the playoffs.

2 days ago


 Chris Kunitz celebrates his power play goal at 9:41 of the third period against the New York Rangers in Game One of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2015 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-3.

Penguins notebook: Kunitz could see action with top power-play unit

Trying to shake things up, Penguins coach Mike Johnston placed winger Chris Kunitz on the top power-play unit Tuesday at practice.

2 days ago


 Evgeni Malkin skates during a game against Phoenix last month at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins teammates: Malkin poised for breakout game

The Penguins believe center Evgeni Malkin is close to breaking out of prolonged scoring slump.

2 days ago


 Sidney Crosby watches a goal by Patric Hornqvist goes into the net Monday night against the Rangers at the Consol Energy Center.

Rangers have plan: Penguins will travel for offense

New York’s focus remains on making the Penguins go 200 feet to set up their offense.

2 days ago


 Penguins fan Josh Croup of Butler reacts after the Rangers' first goal during a watch party held in Market Square in Downtown.

Penguins fans watch on big screen at Market Square

Organizers estimated that at least 200 fans turned out to see the game on a 16-by-9-foot video screen under a surprisingly clear night sky.

3 days ago


 Penguins winger Steve Downie skates over the Stanley Cup logo Monday in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins lost the game 2-1.

Ron Cook: Missed calls are least of Penguins' worries

Don’t be so quick to chalk up the Penguins’ series deficit to bad luck and worse calls; put the blame where it belongs — on the performance.

3 days ago


 The Penguins' Chris Kunitz battles for the puck with the Rangers' Dominic Moore in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Monday at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins' discipline improves slightly, but lapses are still apparent

Though the team was vocal about cutting down stick penalties, the message hadn’t quite sunk in by Monday night — a 2-1 loss to New York.

3 days ago


 Steve Downie takes a third period cross checking penalty against Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 16, 2015 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 2-1.

Penguins notebook: Penalty-killers excel

Despite penalty-killer skill and success, Penguins striving to take fewer penalties.

3 days ago


 Rangers' Carl Hagelin celebrates New York's first goal against the Penguins in the first period of Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Monday at Consol Energy Center.

Rangers' Carl Hagelin plays role of villain again vs. Penguins

One game after roughing up Sidney Crosby and drawing the ire of the Penguins, the 26-year-old Swede scored New York’s first goal.

3 days ago


 Penguins center Maxim Lapierre battles for a loose puck with Rangers left winger Carl Hagelin during the first period at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins lose to Rangers, 2-1, fall behind in playoff series

"Our desperation level was much higher in the third," center Sidney Crosby said after the Pens’ Game 3 loss to New York.

4 days ago


 Center Brandon Sutter was traded to the Penguins in exchange for Jordan Staal by Jim Rutherford, who was general manager of Carolina at the time.

Ron Cook: Brandon Sutter 'does it all' for Penguins

The best move Jim Rutherford has made for the Penguins may have been before he was even the general manager here.

5 days ago


 Brandon Sutter and Marc-Andre Fleury head out for warmups prior to the game against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2015 in New York City.

Seth Rorabaugh's Penguins chat transcript: 4.20.15

The Penguins come alive and tie Rangers at one game apiece; Seth takes your questions on whether they can keep momentum into game three.

4 days ago


 "It would be tough for us if we went down two games,” goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said.

Penguins target areas for improvement entering Game 3

A 2-1 series lead would go a long way for the Penguins, who seem to know where they must get better if they want to beat the Rangers.

4 days ago


 Penguins winger Chris Kunitz celebrates with Brandon Sutter (16), Taylor Chorney (44) and David Perron (39) after scoring a goal against the Rangers Saturday night in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.

Penguins notebook: Chris Kunitz ends slump in big way

Veteran winger Chris Kunitz hasn’t been his usual self this season for the Penguins, but got the job done Saturday night in Game 2.

5 days ago


 Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh: "We kind of have that us-against-the-building mentality when we go on the road."

Rangers rely on road-warriors mentality against Penguins

Home-ice advantage shifted to the Penguins after their win Saturday night, but the Rangers are confident in their approach to away games.

4 days ago


 Dan LaCouture, then with the Carolina Hurricanes, and Paul Bissonnette get into a fight during a 2008 game. Mr. LaCouture is one of several former players suing the National Hockey League for allegedly failing to disclose information about the dangers of concussions and subconcussive head injuries.

Former NHL players seek damages for concussions

Litigation continues in a lawsuit against the NHL brought about by former players who believed the league concealed dangers of concussions.

5 days ago


 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Gene Collier: Series of scores makes it a series

With that kind of scoring, the Penguins could make it an interesting firsr-round series against the New York Rangers.

5 days ago


 Penguins winger Chris Kunitz celebrates his power play goal at 9:41 of the third period Saturday night against the New York Rangers.

Kunitz, Crosby rekindle some of their old magic

Penguins locker room: Kunitz scored on the power play and assisted on two key goals to help the Penguins take Game 2 from the Rangers.

5 days ago


 Brandon Sutter, left, has a few words for Marc-Andre Fleury before the team took the ice before Game 2 Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Penguins notebook: Work at front of net stirs battle of words

It might not be a full-blown war of words, but the Penguins and Rangers are having a verbal skirmish.

5 days ago


 Sidney Crosby celebrates the first of his two second-period goals Saturday night against the Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Crosby's two goals spark second-period surge; Kunitz gets winner

He scored the Penguins' second and third goals and was a force all over the ice, even logging a little time killing penalties.

5 days ago


 Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stops Steve Downie in Game One of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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 week 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 week 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 week 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.

1 week 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 week 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 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.”

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago



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