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.
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.
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 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 2, 2013
In less than two minutes, the Chicago Blackhawks did all the damage they needed to do. And then they just kept scoring. The Blackhawks scored three goals during a span of 1 minute, 39 seconds early in the first period and Brandon Saad and Dave Bolland finished with two goals apiece in Chicago's 7-1 rout of the host Detroit Red Wings on Sunday - Gordie Howe's 85th birthday. Howe was on hand at Joe Louis Arena signing autographs. Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio - Howe's fellow members on the famed "Production Line" - were also in attendance, and the Red Wings wore jerseys with his retired No. 9 during warm-ups.
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 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 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 20, 2013 |
DEFENSEMAN Matt Niskanen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Sidney Crosby had two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Niskanen's goal at 11:58 came 9 seconds after the Penguins killed a 4-minute penalty. The winning streak is the longest of the season for the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins and the second-longest in the NHL this season. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves and Crosby added his NHL-leading 36th and 37th assists for the Penguins, who were without reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin (shoulder)
March 18, 2013 |
THE REIGNING NHL MVP is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. The league's top-scoring defenseman is out, too, apparently because of a lower-body issue. Still, it hardly matters for the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby scored his 13th goal, Joe Vitale added his first in more than a year, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots as the Penguins beat the visiting Boston Bruins Sunday, 2-1, for their ninth straight win. "It seems like it's always different guys, so that's what you need in order to have success consistently.