Pittsburgh’s Ron Hainsey key threat for Penguins

Ron Hainsey avoiding a big hit and carrying the puck from end to end isn’t what the Pittsburgh Penguins ask of him or any other defenseman not named Kris Letang. Out long term after neck surgery, Letang isn’t a part of this run, but a key adjustment by Hainsey and the other defensemen in the […]

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Penguins confident despite pair of losses to Predators

PITTSBURGH — The goals that came so easily to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final — the ones that arrived in bunches and seemed to signal an emphatic end to Pekka Rinne’s spectacular playoff run — have disappeared. Across six periods in Nashville, the NHL’s highest-scoring team managed […]

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Predators beat Pens to even series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Frederick Gaudreau sure is doing his best to earn his own locker with the Nashville Predators with a Stanley Cup Final debut for the ages. And with Pekka Rinne turning in his best performance in this series, the Predators are going back to Pittsburgh having tied up the defending champs at 2-2, […]

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Subban and Nashville have Penguins distracted in Stanley Cup Finals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — P.K. Subban says ask the Pittsburgh Penguins if he’s getting under their skin. The All-Star defenseman only knows he apparently needs to work on his breath on the ice and loves the challenge of helping shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. And he loves gamesmanship. Crosby isn’t in the mood to […]

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Predators rout Penguins in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Predators coach Peter Laviolette heard all the questions and criticism of Pekka Rinne after the goaltender’s struggles in the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh. Well, Laviolette never thought of switching goalies. A change of scenery helped Rinne and all his Nashville teammates as they dominated once again on their own ice for […]

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Even with long layoff, time is one the side of Penguins in Cup Finals

Time is on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ side, with or without momentum. Up 2-0 on the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final, the defending champions have no problem with the schedule that would require 17 days to complete the series if it goes seven games. That’s how the Penguins won the Cup a year ago, […]

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An age-old fish tale that’s been held in a Wolf’s hand until Cup Finals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Detroit Red Wings fans have their octopi. The Panthers’ faithful in Florida had the “rat trick.” Nashville? The Predators have catfish, the Southern staple that has become a beloved badge of honor fans delight in throwing onto the ice for good luck. Who started Music City’s slippery tradition? This fish tale stretches […]

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Bonino banged up for Penguins, may miss Game 3 of Stanley Cup Finals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pittsburgh center Nick Bonino was wearing a walking boot on his left foot and using crutches Friday, raising the possibility that he will not play in Nashville in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said the veteran has a lower-body injury and will be a game-time decision […]

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Guentzel climbing record book for Penguins

PITTSBURGH — The fresh-faced, 22-year-old rookie who leads the NHL in playoff goals — a hot streak that has him in the middle of the Conn Smythe Trophy conversation given to the postseason MVP — was once too embarrassed to shoot the puck. So Jake Guentzel didn’t. Not in any sort of great quantity. Better […]

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Big 3rd period seals Penguins’ victory

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins kept Pekka Rinne plenty busy this time. Too busy for Rinne and the rest of the Nashville Predators to keep up with the surging defending Stanley Cup champions. Jake Guentzel, Scott Wilson and Evgeni Malkin scored 3:18 apart early in the third period as the Penguins chased Rinne and pulled […]

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