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.
March 9, 2013 |
There's something about games between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins that makes it look as if both teams have beer-league defenses. It happened in last year's wild playoffs, and it happened in last month's 11-goal game in Pittsburgh. It happened again Thursday night as the Flyers scored four first-period goals - two on the power play by the blistering Jake Voracek - but watched the Penguins answer with three unanswered tallies in the second period. By the time it ended, both starting goalies had been yanked, and the Penguins emerged with a 5-4 comeback victory before a stunned sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.
March 8, 2013 |
IT HAS BEEN a difficult transition, but Capitals coach Adam Oates thinks he is on to something - trying to get Alex Ovechkin to play on his natural, right-wing side. "You look back through the history of baseball and every shortstop throws right. Why? Because it's too hard to make the throw lefthanded," Oates told CBC in a recent interview. "How many plays won't be made because a lefthanded shortstop isn't able to turn, get set and make the throw with strength and speed?" It has become a leaguewide trend, and the Flyers are tuned in. Oates referenced the feng-shui of the Bruins lineup, which has four left-shooting wings, four right-shooting wings, two left-shooting centers, two right-shooting centers, three left-shooting defensemen and three right-shooting defensemen.
March 6, 2013 |
THE NHL announced Monday that all 14 teams that miss the playoffs, or the teams that hold the rights to the top 14 picks, will be eligible to win the No. 1 draft pick when the lottery is held on April 29. Under the previous system, the five teams with the fewest points had the opportunity to win the top selection since no team could move up more than four spots. The league also announced that all seven rounds of the draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., will be held on June 30. The previous six drafts were held over a 2-day span.
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.