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 26, 2012
Sidney Crosby scored in his second straight game and added an assist to help the host Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils, 5-2, on Sunday night. Crosby, who snapped out of a career-long 12-game goal drought Saturday, gave the Penguins some breathing room with a wrist shot by goalie Martin Brodeur early in the third period. Evgeni Malkin also had a goal and an assist for the Penguins to push his points total to 97, tops in the NHL. Pittsburgh has won 10 straight at Consol Energy Center and moved back within a point of the New York Rangers for the top stop in the Eastern Conference.
March 18, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - With the Flyers protecting a one-goal lead in the final frantic seconds Sunday afternoon, goalie Steve Mason tried desperately to scramble back into position as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby came crashing toward the net and put a shot off the right post. "I think that's all I gave him," Mason cracked after the Flyers escaped with a 4-3 victory at the Consol Energy Center, completing a weekend sweep of the injury-ravaged Penguins. Mason kidded that the post was "part of the equipment.
April 14, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - In the postgame showers, Hal Gill, the hulking Flyers defenseman who played Saturday for the first time since Dec. 21, was singing "New York, New York. " The Flyers are headed to Broadway. Continuing their uncanny dominance in Pittsburgh, the Flyers scored a wild, 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center on Saturday afternoon, ensuring that they will face the New York Rangers in the playoffs. But the victory, which clinched third place in the Metropolitan Division, was tempered by an injury to goalie Steve Mason, who left the game after the second period with what the Flyers called an upper-body injury.