March 16, 2012
Sidney Crosby's return after three months of inactivity didn't hurt the chemistry of the Pittsburgh Penguins one bit as they surged closer to the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. Crosby played for the first time since another bout with concussion symptoms forced him to the sidelines Dec. 5. He got on the score sheet Thursday night with an assist as the Penguins beat the Rangers, 5-2, in New York. Devils 1, Avalanche 0 Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise scored in the shootout to give New Jersey a win over the Avalanche in Newark N.J. Leafs 3, Lightning 1 James Reimer made 34 saves, taking a shutout into the final minute, and Toronto snapped a five-game skid with a win at Tampa Bay. Panthers 6, Bruins 2 Jose Theodore stopped 24 shots and Florida scored three second-period goals to beat Boston in Sunrise, Fla. Hurricanes 2, Blues 0 Chad LaRose and Jeff Skinner scored, Cam Ward recorded his 200th NHL victory, and Carolina beat St. Louis in Raleigh, N.C. Kings sign Brian O'Neill Los Angeles signed Yardley's Brian O'Neill to a one-year entry-level contract.
January 25, 2013
Marian Gaborik scored twice in the first period and then completed his hat trick 27 seconds into overtime as the New York Rangers overcame a pair of blown leads and beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden for their first win of the season. Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Rangers (2-1), who squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 en route to avenging a season-opening loss at Boston on Saturday. Penguins fall Former Flyer James van Riemsdyk scored twice; James Reimer stopped 28 shots; and the Toronto Maple Leafs raced past the Penguins, 5-2, to spoil Pittsburgh's home opener.
February 4, 2013
Chris Kunitz scored a hat trick in the Pittsburgh Penguins' Super Bowl Sunday visit to the nation's capital, leading a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals that reflected both teams' fortunes so far in the lockout-shortened season. Kris Letang, Paul Martin, and Matt Cooke also scored; Sidney Crosby had three assists; and Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves against his former team for the Penguins, who have won three straight and four of five to lead the Atlantic Division. Devils bounce back Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22d career shutout and the New Jersey Devils beat the host New York Islanders, 2-0. Steve Bernier scored for New Jersey in the third period and David Clarkson added an empty-netter to help the Devils snap a four-game winless streak (0-1-3)
April 27, 2013
Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Ryan Miller made 30 saves before the tiebreaker to give the host Buffalo Sabres in a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night in the regular-season finale for both teams. Miller, playing in his 500th game with the Sabres, sealed the win when he stopped John Tavares' shot in the third round of the shootout. The Islanders moved up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference and lead the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators by one point, but the Rangers have one game left and Ottawa has two remaining this weekend.
May 18, 2013
Sidney Crosby had his second career playoff hat trick and the host Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, on Friday night to take a two-games-to-none lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Brenden Morrow added his first playoff goal in more than five years, Tomas Vokoun made 19 saves, and the Penguins rode their superstar captain to their fourth straight victory. Crosby beat Craig Anderson three times in the game's first 22 minutes, sending the goalie to the bench after stopping 18 of 21 shots.
May 1, 2013
Penguins star Sidney Crosby practiced Monday but his status remains uncertain for Wednesday's playoff opener against the New York Islanders. Crosby hasn't played since suffering a broken jaw a month ago. He said he'll see doctors again Tuesday and will not play until he is given clearance. Another chance The St. Louis Blues are getting yet another shot at the Los Angeles Kings, starting Tuesday. Los Angeles beat the Blues during its run to the Stanley Cup championship last season and swept St. Louis this season.
March 5, 2013
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored less than two minutes apart in the third period and the host Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, Monday. Chris Kunitz added his 12th of the season for Pittsburgh and James Neal scored an empty-net goal in the final minute as the Penguins sent the struggling Lightning to their fifth straight loss. Elsewhere: Nazem Kadri continued his points streak with a goal and an assist in the host Toronto Maple Leafs' 4-2 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils.
February 3, 2013
Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists, and the host Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their first home victory of the season by beating the New Jersey Devils, 5-1, Saturday. Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo scored his first NHL goal, Brandon Sutter got his first with Pittsburgh, and Kris Letang also found the back of the net for the Penguins, who handed the Devils their first loss in regulation this season. Nash lifts Rangers Rick Nash scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the New York Rangers beat the host Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2. Steven Stamkos scored both goals for the Lightning, who went 4-1 on a five-game homestand.
June 13, 2013
THE PICK Blackhawks in 6 The reason: This is an incredibly difficult series to predict. All along, my gut has told me Chicago is the league's best overall team - which would make me lean toward them in this matchup. But I never imagined the Bruins would have swept such a deep Penguins team out of the playoffs in the fashion they did last week. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla and Kris Letang were all muzzled so cleanly. Boston's road has been rather easy, though, when you consider the Bruins faced rather mediocre Maple Leaf and Ranger clubs, before dismantling the Pens.
April 26, 2013
Ryan Callahan's goal 2 minutes, 55 seconds into overtime gave the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the host Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night, locking up a playoff berth for the Rangers. Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, and Brad Richards scored the other New York goals, Richards' tally coming at 17:03 of the third period to force OT. Jiri Tlusty scored twice and Tuomo Ruutu added a goal for Carolina. Senators clinch spot Sergei Gonchar scored 47 seconds into overtime, Erik Karlsson set up Ottawa's first goal in his sooner-than-anticipated return from a torn Achilles tendon, and the Senators clinched a playoff berth by beating the Washington Capitals, 2-1. Craig Anderson made 19 saves.