Blue Jackets rally again as odd pattern continues

One game, two, maybe three, it's a quirk. Four games, it's a pattern. It has happened each game of the Penguins' first-round playoff series.

about 23 hours ago

Penguins notebook: No Calder in future for Maatta

The team laments that Olli Maatta is not among finalists for Calder Trophy as top NHL rookie.

about 23 hours ago

 Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save against the Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Ron Cook: Pressure in series now shifts to Penguins' Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury talked a brave game minutes after giving up a late tying goal and then the winning overtime goal in a 4-3 loss to

about 23 hours ago

 The Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury dives as the puck goes into the net to send the game into overtime against the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Penguins blow three-goal lead, fall to Blue Jackets, 4-3, in overtime

There's a two-day break before the next game. Whether that's enough time to shake off the effects of this loss remains to be seen.

about 23 hours ago

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 4.23.14

Heavy Penguins playoff talk and Pirates analysis, plus the Steelers and the NFL Draft in this week's

1 day ago

Penguins notebook: Keeping poise is crucial for Columbus

The Blue Jackets recognize the challenge the Penguins present, but will be ‘throwing everything we have at them’ in Game 4.

2 days ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Blue Jackets Boone Jenner in the third period Monday night in Columbus,

Penguins goaltender passes a major test in comeback win

The Penguins show confidence in Marc-Andre Fleury, who rebounds with strong Game 3 after allowing two early goals.

2 days ago

 The Penguins celebrate the game winner in the third period Monday night against the Blue Jackets.

Ron Cook: Penguins' experience plays enormous role

The Blue Jackets learn a hard lesson in Game 3 about how important experience is in the postseason.

2 days ago

 Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky denies James Neal Monday. But the fact that the Penguins were aggressive and put pressure on Bobrovsky, including holding a 41-20 advantage in shots, ultimately paid off.

Power play triggers more confidence for Penguins

The Penguins hope smoother, better organized power play leads to more shots and goals and less aggression from Columbus’ penalty-killers.

2 days ago

 Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.

Young Penguins defenseman keeps his cool

Olli Maatta, 19, wasn't expected to play in the NHL this season, but he has been "awesome" and "mature."

2 days ago

 The Penguins' Brooks Orpik, Robert Bortuzzo and Evgeni Malkin.

Ron Cook: Orpik puts new spin on big goals

The Penguins were all but dead in Game 3 of their playoff series against Columbus. Then Brooks Orpik made a game-changing play.

2 days ago

Penguins notebook: Players become fans when there's time

Penguins have keen interest in other playoff series, finding time to watch games on TV.

3 days ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner in the third period.

Penguins overcome slow start to grab 4-3 win over Blue Jackets in Game 3

They overcame a start that had to be about as bad as they could imagine to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

2 days ago

Shelly Anderson's Penguins hockey chat transcript: 4.21.14

Shelly takes your questions from Columbus, Ohio, site of tonight's game 3 opening round matchup versus the Blue Jackets.

3 days ago

Penguins notebook: Gibbons’ status is ‘day to day’

Gibbons, who left Saturday’s game after getting Penguins’ first two goals, is considered day to day, Bylsma says.

4 days ago

 Penguins fans cheer Saturday night as Paul Martin celebrates his assist on a power-play goal by Matt Niskanen in the first period against the Blue Jackets.

Even with the shift to Nationwide Arena, Penguins fans still could have an impact

Local fans usually have a strong presence in Columbus because of the proximity of the two cities. Faceoff for Game 3 is at 7:08 p.m.

4 days ago

 Penguins center Sidney Crosby is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal.

Ron Cook: Highly paid stars somewhat absent

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang have not scored in the first two playoff games against Columbus.

4 days ago

 The Blue Jackets' David Savard pushes Peguins forward Joe Vitale out of the way as goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky makes a save in the second period of Game 2 Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.

Hits quit coming for Penguins against Blue Jackets

Columbus has been aggressive and physical against the Penguins, piling up a 99-55 differential in hits through two games.

4 days ago

Penguins work overtime -- for a loss

With all the added intensity of playoff hockey, so, too, can come a long, long night, as it was Saturday for the Penguins and Blue Jackets.

4 days ago

Blue Jackets rise up with special teams

The Penguins owned the top power play and one of the top penalty-killing units, but the Blue Jackets earned a 1-1 split with special teams.

4 days ago

 Dan Bylsma tries to drive a point home during a timeout in the second period Saturday night.

Ron Cook: This one loss about as bad as they come for Penguins

Sure it's only one setback in a seven-game series, but the Penguins looked far from a great team Saturday night against the Blue Jackets.

4 days ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Columbus' R.J. Umberger, a Plum native.

Penguins notebook: R.J. Umberger back in lineup for Columbus

Plum native R. J. Umberger returns to Columbus lineup after missing series opener against Penguins with undisclosed injury.

4 days ago

 Penguins' Brian Gibbons scores his second goal in the first period against the Blue Jackets at the Consol Energy Center.

Blue Jackets beat Penguins in double OT, 4-3

It took Columbus 14 years to win a Stanley Cup playoff game. Today, it probably seems worth the wait.

4 days ago

 Sidney Crosby reaches for the puck against the Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin in the first period of Game 1 Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Dubinsky, Johnson try to stop Penguins' Crosby

Sidney Crosby shrugs off Columbus' tactic of using Brandon Dubinsky and Jack Johnson to try to shut him down in their first-round series.

5 days ago

 Penguins winger Jussi Jokinen is congratulated by Olli Maatta after scoring against the Blue Jackets in the first period Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Olli Maatta gets lesson on playoffs' intensity

Young defenseman Olli Maatta finds that after a slow, nervous start, his first playoff game was pretty much what he expected.

6 days ago

 Penguins winger Beau Bennett celebrates his goal Wednesday night with Brandon Sutter, left, and Matt Niskanen, right.

Nastiness missing from Penguins-Blue Jackets, at least for the moment

The Penguins know familiarity breeds many hacks and slashes in the NHL playoffs, even if that was not obvious in Game 1 against Columbus.

5 days ago

 The Penguins' Kris Letang (58) and fellow defenseman Matt Niskanen seem to be moving in opposite directions after Game 1 against Columbus.

Gene Collier: Dan Bylsma makes his own power play

Kris Letang was criticized by coach Dan Bylsma for his play Wednesday night, and the defenseman acknowledged he made a lot of mistakes.

6 days ago

 Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen fight for the puck Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Ryan Johansen's skills keep Penguins on full alert

Columbus center Ryan Johansen was quiet in the opener, but the Penguins will be wary of him as their first-round series continues.

1 week ago

 The Penguins' Brandon Sutter watches a shot by Beau Bennett go in the net against Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in the second period of Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Playoff series could trigger rivalry at last

A fierce postseason series could help develop a rivalry between the Penguins and their 'neighbors,' the Columbus Blue Jackets.

1 week ago

 Penguins winger Beau Bennett, left, celebrates his goal in the second period Wednesday night against the Blue Jackets.

Third-line dance likely to continue for Penguins

Game situations likely will determine the left winger on the third line for the Penguins throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

1 week ago

 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury weathered the storm after a shaky start Wednesday night, and he must continue to stay poised the rest of the way.

Ron Cook: All eyes on Marc-Andre Fleury once again

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury handled the spotlight Wednesday night, but the pressure isn't not going away anytime soon.

1 week ago

 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week ago

Pens assign three players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

Dave Molinari scouts the NHL playoffs


1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


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