January 31, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS star Sidney Crosby skated at the team's Consol Energy Center yesterday for the first time in more than 6 weeks. He was accompanied by injured teammates Jordan Staal and Simon Despres. The Penguins are not giving a timetable regarding when Crosby might return to play. Over the weekend it was revealed that Crosby suffered a neck injury in January 2011 that might have complicated his 11-month recovery from a concussion. The team acknowledged on Saturday that neurological spine specialist Dr. Robert S. Bray, in Los Angeles, discovered an unspecified neck injury that was "fully healed.
March 15, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - The 1-16 game has been the ultimate mismatch - 108-0 over 27 NCAA Tournaments. The 16-seed had only led at the half six times. So what exactly was UNC Asheville doing in front at halftime and well into the second half against Syracuse at Consol Energy Center? Well, the team with the undersized players was playing with much more passion, getting most of the loose balls and hitting the requisite number of threes that a huge underdog must. Just when you thought this might finally happen, Asheville stopped scoring.
March 12, 2012
The East Regional features two teams that swept through the weekend to win their conference tournaments, but they're neither Syracuse nor Ohio State. Florida State knocked off Duke and North Carolina - each for the second time this season - to capture the ACC and snatch a three seed. Vanderbilt upset Kentucky for the SEC crown and sits at No. 5. The Vanderbilt Commodores will take on Ivy League champion Harvard, which will play its first NCAA game since 1946. The NCAA could charge extra for an academic showdown between the schools after the game.
March 8, 2012
Pascal Dupuis scored twice and had an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied at home to beat the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory. Jordan Staal added a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to a career-best six games and rookie Brad Thiessen stopped 22 shots. The Penguins started the day by unveiling a statue honoring Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux outside Consol Energy Center. The three-time MVP, now the team owner, watched from his box as Pittsburgh won for the 11th time in its last 12 home games to strengthen its hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
March 23, 2012
Soul (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0), Friday at 8 p.m. at Consol Energy Center TV/Radio: NFL Network/ESPN-AM (950) Soul update: They won their season opener at New Orleans when Donovan Morgan scored a late touchdown and Bryan Robinson blocked a potential game-winning field goal. Power update: They won their opener at Orlando even after half the team was fired for threatening a strike just before kickoff. Leaguewide, players are disgruntled about the AFL's lack of benefits and a pay scale in which everyone except the starting quarterback earns $400 per game.
June 17, 2013
THE SOUL seems to be more comfortable on the road than a fleet of truck drivers. After being upset in May by lowly Pittsburgh at the Wells Fargo Center, the Soul returned the favor by thumping the host Power, 59-21, on Saturday at the Consol Energy Center. Philadelphia set a team record for fewest points allowed and improved to 7-5. The Soul is 5-1 away from home. "This is the time of year when you have to get on a roll and start stringing wins together," coach Clint Dolezel said.
April 13, 2012
Players to watch FLYERS: Center Danny Briere He is to the playoffs what Reggie Jackson was to baseball's postseason. Briere has 98 points in 98 career playoff games, and he has 31 goals - including two in Wednesday's opener - in 58 playoff games with the Flyers. PENGUINS: Center Jordan Staal He gets lost in all the talk about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but he is one of the Penguins' most important players. Staal's defensive work was eye-opening in the opener as he blanked high-scoring center Claude Giroux, who managed just one shot.
March 25, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - During each of the previous two seasons, the Flyers ended long winning streaks by the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Sunday night, however, they couldn't complete the trifecta. Tyler Kennedy, who had missed the previous game because of an illness, scored on a tracer from the left circle with 2 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting the Penguins to their 12th consecutive victory, a 2-1 win over the Flyers at Consol Energy Center. Kennedy fired his shot high and to the short side as goalie Ilya Bryzgalov appeared to be screened.
April 11, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - The spotlights in the Consol Energy Center were impossibly bright and blinding, flashing just enough in the pregame to reveal the packed Penguins crowd in all white T-shirts. Just a few feet from Ilya Bryzgalov's crease, two mocking Penguins fans were dressed in bear costumes - Bryzgalov said this week he does not fear Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, only bears in the forest. For the Flyers, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals started - mentally and physically - in just about the most hostile way possible.
April 13, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - If the Flyers are going to make a Stanley Cup playoff run, they will have to end a puzzling late-season trend: fizzling in the third period. It's puzzling because the Flyers have been outstanding in the third period during most of the season; they have a club-record 11 wins in games in which they trailed in the final period. But in the last five games, they have been outscored, 11-3, in the last 20 minutes. That's the main reason they have fallen out of the battle for second place in the Metropolitan Division, guaranteeing they will start next week's playoffs on the road.