May 2, 2013
Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the visiting New York Islanders on Wednesday night. Beau Bennett, Kris Letang, and Tanner Glass also scored for the Penguins, who had no trouble against the upstart Islanders, even with star Sidney Crosby sidelined by a broken jaw. Pittsburgh hardly needed its captain to continue its mastery of the Islanders, who made their first playoff appearance since 2007.
April 18, 2013
Brenden Morrow scored two goals for the second straight game as the host Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens, 6-4, Wednesday night to move closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Brandon Sutter added two goals for Pittsburgh, and newly acquired Jarome Iginla and Doug Murray also scored for the Penguins, who had little trouble with Montreal despite playing without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots, and Pittsburgh dominated in racing to a quick 4-0 lead.
April 10, 2013
Beau Bennett and Evgeni Malkin scored 13 seconds apart in the third period and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title by beating the free-falling Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3, on Tuesday night. Brenden Morrow scored his first goal with the Penguins, Robert Bortuzzo added a goal, and Pascal Dupuis had an empty-netter and two assists. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for the Penguins, who were without a handful of regulars - including captain Sidney Crosby, James Neal, and Kris Letang - but still had plenty of timely firepower to hand the Hurricanes their club-record eighth straight home loss.
April 10, 2013 |
LACING ON skates is going to have to wait. At this point, Sidney Crosby would settle for a meal that didn't require a straw. The Pittsburgh Penguins star and his surgically repaired mouth remain on a liquid diet as he recovers from a broken jaw sustained in a win over the New York Islanders on March 30. The NHL's leading scorer remains sidelined indefinitely and has not been cleared to return to practice. Crosby - sporting a handful of new teeth - spoke on Monday for the first time since taking a puck to the face in the first period against the Islanders when a slap shot from teammate Brooks Orpik was redirected at Crosby's face.
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.