April 7, 2013
Jussi Jokinen certainly knows how to make an entrance. The newly acquired Pittsburgh forward scored a goal in regulation in his debut and then added the only tally in the shootout as the Penguins edged the New York Rangers, 2-1, on Friday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots and then stoned Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Callahan in the shootout. Sabres stop Senators Brian Flynn and Jochen Hecht scored third-period goals 12 seconds apart, and the host Buffalo Sabres rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-2. Buffalo (15-17-6)
April 2, 2013 |
SIDNEY CROSBY has a broken jaw and is out indefinitely after being hit in the mouth with a puck during a win against the New York Islanders on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Penguins said on the team website Sunday that Crosby had surgery Saturday night, and there will be an update on his status later in the week. Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer, was struck in the face during the first period of the Penguins' 2-0 win. Slow-motion replays showed multiple teeth flying out of his mouth after the puck struck him during his first shift.
April 1, 2013
Despite losing their captain, the Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to finish the month unbeaten. The Pens welcomed star forward Jarome Iginla, but lost Sidney Crosby early in the first period after he was hit in the mouth by a puck. Still, the Penguins managed to overcome the injury to Crosby on Saturday for their 15th straight victory as Matt Cooke and James Neal scored third-period goals during a 2-0 victory against the New York Islanders. Crosby skated off the ice with a towel covering his mouth after a slap shot by teammate Brooks Orpik deflected off a stick and hit the NHL scoring leader in the face 1 minute, 28 seconds into the game.
March 30, 2013 |
The contrast only makes it worse. A year ago, the Flyers eliminated their bitter rivals from Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs. The year before, the Flyers went one round further than the Penguins. The year before that, the Flyers went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. On Thursday, Penguins fans woke up to news that their first-place team had acquired future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla in a late-night trade. Iginla joined winger Brenden Morrow and defenseman Douglas Murray, brought in as Pens general manager Ray Shero loads up for a run at the Cup. Flyers fans?
March 29, 2013
Already riding a big winning streak, the Penguins' quest for the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup received a rocket-fueled boost late Wednesday night when general manager Ray Shero acquired six-time all-star forward Jarome Iginla from Calgary. All it took was the rights to a couple of prospects and a 2013 first-round draft pick, a pittance for a future Hall of Famer still searching for his first championship after 16 seasons in western Canada. Iginla did not suit up for Wednesday night's game against Colorado - snapping a streak of 441 consecutive games played - and waited for the phone to ring.
March 29, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby knows the Pittsburgh Penguins will be considered Stanley Cup contenders so long as his familiar No. 87 hangs in the dressing room. "We're always in the conversation as far as favorites," Crosby said. At the moment, a case could be made the Penguins are the only ones in it. Already riding a 13-game winning streak behind the typically sublime Crosby and a suddenly responsible defense, Pittsburgh's quest for the franchise's fourth Cup received a rocket-fueled boost late Wednesday night when general manager Ray Shero acquired six-time All-Star forward Jarome Iginla from Calgary.
March 28, 2013 |
SIDNEY CROSBY scored the game's only goal late in the second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to 13 with a 1-0 victory over visiting Montreal on Tuesday night. Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 shots he faced but did not play in the third period following a collision in front of the Penguins' net. Tomas Vokoun filled in and made 15 saves to give Pittsburgh just the fourth combined shutout in franchise history. There was no immediate word on the nature or severity of Fleury's problem.
March 27, 2013
Sidney Crosby scored the game's only goal late in the second period and the host Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to 13 with a 1-0 victory over Montreal on Tuesday night. Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 shots he faced but did not play in the third period following a collision in front of the Penguins' net. Tomas Vokoun filled in and made 15 saves. Isles edge Caps John Tavares broke a tie with 5 minutes, 18 seconds left to help the New York Islanders beat the host Washington Capitals, 3-2. New York (15-15-3)
March 26, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - It was supposed to be a week for the Flyers to get recharged and have three grueling practices that would prime them for a playoff run. Instead, two of their regulars - forward Danny Briere and defenseman Nick Grossmann - were injured during workouts and missed Sunday night's game in Pittsburgh. The injuries were not revealed by general manager Paul Holmgren until Sunday. Holmgren would only say they both had upper-body injuries and were listed as day-to-day. Grossmann, whose 82 blocked shots placed him third in the NHL, took part in Sunday's morning skate.
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.