Penguins wary, Preds confident as Stanley Cup Game 2 looms

PITTSBURGH — The winning team went nearly two full periods without a shot. The hottest goaltender in the playoffs was only tested 11 times in 58 minutes — and lost. No wonder Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan described his team’s 5-3 victory over Nashville in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final as “bizarre.” And […]

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Pens survive

PITTSBURGH — A fan-flung catfish was the most threatening thing Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne saw during the second period Monday night. For much of the third, too. The squishy mass went splat at the blue line — and thankfully nobody worried about challenging whether it was offside. While the moment was funny, it told part […]

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Penguins heading back to Stanley Cup Final

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final. Chris Kunitz beat Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night. Kunitz scored twice, his first two of the playoffs. Justin […]

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Game 7 offers chance at history for Penguins and Senators

PITTSBURGH — Craig Anderson is a realist, the byproduct of 15 years playing the most demanding position in the NHL. The Ottawa goaltender would like to chalk his 45-save masterpiece in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh up to his own brilliance. He knows that’s not exactly the case. “I think you […]

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Penguins, Senators heading to Game 7

OTTAWA, Ontario — All the right things were said. The Senators are a good team, a proud group. They’ll make a push. It won’t be easy. Have to match their best. The messages the Penguins preached prior to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday turned out to be very much accurate. Especially […]

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Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins

OTTAWA, Ontario — Guy Boucher has typically kept his team off the ice on off-days during the postseason. Not Monday. The Ottawa coach opted for a half-hour practice ahead of Game 6 on Tuesday night to help his team “refresh” and “reload” after a 7-0 beating by Pittsburgh, one of the worst losses in team […]

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Predators oust Ducks; reach 1st Stanley Cup Final

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Colton Sissons scored his third goal with 6:00 left, ensuring the Nashville Predators’ magical postseason now includes the franchise’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final after eliminating the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 on Monday night. The Predators, who’ve never won even a division title in their […]

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Pens head home with momentum for Game 5

PITTSBURGH — The situation looked dire. On the road. Down a game. Starting a goalie that hadn’t been on the ice for an opening faceoff in nearly six weeks. Yet the Pittsburgh Penguins responded the way they’ve always responded since Mike Sullivan took over as head coach nearly 18 months ago: like champions. Their 3-2 […]

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Penguins turn to Matt Murray for Game 4 of Eastern final

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Pittsburgh Penguins will give Matt Murray his first start of the playoffs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final Friday night in Ottawa. Coach Mike Sullivan announced the decision a few hours before the game. Murray replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period of a one-sided Game 3 loss on […]

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Sullivan keeps quiet on Penguins’ goalie situation

OTTAWA, Ontario — Mike Sullivan isn’t any hurry to announce who will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Friday’s critical Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa. The defending Stanley Cup champions have relied heavily on Marc-Andre Fleury during their run to the NHL’s final four, but he faltered in Game […]

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