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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Chris Kreider, Rangers overtake Penguins, force Game 7

May 14, 2022, 2:00 AM

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Chris Kreider's second goal of the night was the tiebreaker with 1:28 left in the third period Friday as the visiting New York Rangers topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 to set up a Game 7 in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Kreider's slapshot from the left point popped off of and over goaltender Louis Domingue to break a 3-3 tie. Andrew Copp added an empty-netter with 26.4 seconds left, completing New York's rally from a 2-0 deficit on the night.

Mika Zibanejad had two goals and two assists while Adam Fox had four assists for the Rangers, who have won two straight to even the series.

New York goaltender Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves and picked up an assist.

Jeff Carter, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins, and Domingue made 33 saves.

Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday in New York.

Pittsburgh played without captain Sidney Crosby, who left Game 5 after a high hit by New York's Jacob Trouba.

The Penguins then lost forward Brian Boyle, who left late in the first after he hit Trouba.

Carter opened the scoring at 14:12 of the first. After Kasperi Kapanen's sharp-angle shot, Carter backhanded in the rebound.

Pittsburgh pushed it to 2-0 when Rust scored 1:36 later. From the bottom of the left circle, Rust one-timed a cross-ice pass from Jake Guentzel inside the near post.

In the second, New York scored three unanswered goals, the first two by Zibanejad to tie it.

At 5:05 and just five seconds into a power play, Zibanejad blasted a shot short side from the top of the right circle to make it 2-1, and 1:16 later, he scored on a one-timer past a screen to knot it 2-2.

Shesterkin's long outlet pass to Zibanejad led to a go-ahead goal. As Domingue got his glove on Zibanejad's shot but didn't hold on, Kreider was spinning away from Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson above the crease and swept the rebound in at 13:48 of the second.

Malkin tied it 3-3 at 16:36 of the second. He poked a pass from Trouba intended for K'Andre Miller near the blue line for a long breakaway with Miller closely chasing. Malkin beat Shesterkin under his glove.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby ruled out for Game 6

May 13, 2022, 4:11 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in Friday's Game 6 against the visiting New York Rangers, coach Mike Sullivan confirmed.

Crosby, who absorbed a high, hard hit from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in Game 5 on Wednesday, did not participate in Pittsburgh's morning skate Friday. Crosby did skate with skills coach Ty Hennes.

Sullivan also ruled out goaltender Tristan Jarry and defenseman Brian Dumoulin, while forward Rickard Rakell is a game-time decision.

The Penguins have a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Game 7, if necessary, would be on Sunday in New York.

Crosby, 34, did not return to the game after the second-period hit from Trouba, who was not penalized on the play or disciplined by the league. The Rangers stayed alive in the series with a 5-3 home victory.

Crosby has two goals and seven assists in the series. In the regular season, the three-time Stanley Cup champion had 31 goals and 53 assists in 69 games.

Jarry has not played since breaking a bone in his foot on April 14. He resumed on-ice workouts last weekend.

Dumoulin (undisclosed) and Rakell (head) have not played since Game 1, a 4-3 victory by the Penguins in triple-overtime on May 3.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Sidney Crosby uncertain as Penguins try to finish Rangers

May 12, 2022, 5:51 PM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will have another chance to close out their first-round playoff series Friday when they host the New York Rangers for Game 6.

That much, they know. What the Penguins' lineup will look like is another story.

Of greatest interest is the status of Pittsburgh center and captain Sidney Crosby, who left in the second period of Wednesday's 5-3 Game 5 loss in New York after he got leveled by Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba, when it appeared Crosby took an elbow to the head.

Crosby has a history of concussions, but Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is saying only that his top player is being evaluated for an upper-body injury.

Trouba did not draw a fine or suspension for the hit. Sullivan took the high road: "It's not my responsibility to share my opinion on whether or not it (it was a legal hit). That's the league's job."

It's Sullivan's job to prepare his team, regardless of who is available. After Crosby left Game 5 with Pittsburgh leading 2-0, the Penguins stutter-stepped and the Rangers surged to the comeback win.

"We have a lot of depth at all the positions, and we believe we have what it takes to win," Sullivan said. "We have a capable group. This group has always had the next-man-up mentality, and we'll continue to do that moving forward."

Crosby leads the Penguins with nine points. Fellow center Evgeni Malkin moved up from the second line to Crosby's spot between wingers Jake Guentzel (eight points) and Bryan Rust (six). It seems likely that's where Malkin will play Friday if Crosby isn't available.

"(Malkin) is a superstar player," said Guentzel, who leads Pittsburgh with seven goals. "He's a guy that likes the puck on his stick, and he's just another unreal passer. For me, (it's about) just trying to find open spots and get him the puck as much as possible."

It is unclear whether fellow injured Penguins Tristan Jarry, the No. 1 goaltender, or winger Rickard Rakell will be available Friday. Both have been making progress in practice.

The Rangers, meanwhile, gathered momentum by staving off elimination with the Game 5 rally. Winning in Pittsburgh on Friday would take the series to Game 7 Sunday in New York.

One contributing factor was the play of what is called the Kid Line, the forward combination of young players Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko.

Lafreniere had a goal and an assist, Chytil a goal and Kakko an assist during the Rangers' comeback Wednesday.

"We are young guys, but I think we have built from every game," Chytil said. "I think we have that chemistry, and we are just trying to play hockey, have fun, and do the right things. I think we are getting better each game."

Lafreniere said, "I think we did a good job of staying calm and sticking to the game. It's a lot of fun, but we have to work hard every shift."

The Rangers also benefited from a bounce-back game from goaltender Igor Shesterkin.

Widely considered the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie during the regular season and on Thursday named a finalist for the Hart Trophy as league MVP, Shesterkin was yanked in each of New York's losses in Games 3 and 4 in Pittsburgh, but coach Gerard Gallant was defiant in saying he is sticking with Shesterkin.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Status of Penguins' Sidney Crosby unclear after high hit

May 12, 2022, 4:30 AM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins missed an opportunity to close out the host New York Rangers in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday, and their chances of advancing might be diminished due to an injury to their star center.

Sidney Crosby took an elbow to the head from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba late in the second period, and Crosby never returned to the ice after that shift ended. No penalty was called.

Following the game, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said merely that Crosby was being assessed for an upper-body injury. The coach was asked to comment on the play that injured Crosby, and Sullivan replied, "Did you see the hit? You probably have the same opinion I do."

Trouba scored a goal a few minutes after his hit on Crosby, helping the Rangers win 5-3 to slice their deficit in the Eastern Conference opening-round matchup to 3-2. Game 6 is scheduled for Friday in Pittsburgh.

Crosby, 34, had two goals and seven assists in the first four games of the series, but he didn't add a point before exiting Game 5.

In the regular season, he had 31 goals and 53 assists in 69 games. The three-time Stanley Cup champion has played all 17 of his NHL seasons in Pittsburgh.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins G Tristan Jarry (foot) resumes workouts

May 7, 2022, 4:19 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry resumed on-ice workouts Saturday, an important step in his recovery from a foot injury.

Prior to the team's optional morning skate, Jarry worked on positioning and footwork with Penguins goaltending coach Andy Chiodo.

There is still no timetable for the return of Jarry, who has been considered week-to-week since breaking a bone in his foot on April 14.

Pittsburgh hosts the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday night. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

With Jarry out and backup Casey DeSmith done for the season after core-muscle surgery Friday, No. 3 netminder Louis Domingue will make his second straight start. Domingue, who relieved the injured DeSmith in overtime in Game 1, had 35 saves in Thursday's 5-2 loss in Game 2 in New York.

Jarry, 27, made the Metropolitan Division All-Star team this season and finished 34-18-6 with four shutouts, a 2.42 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild
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Penguins G Casey DeSmith out for season after surgery

May 6, 2022, 5:43 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith will miss the rest of the playoffs following successful core muscle surgery on Friday morning, coach Mike Sullivan announced.

DeSmith was injured Tuesday during Pittsburgh's 4-3 win in triple-overtime in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series against the New York Rangers.

DeSmith, 30, started in place of injured All-Star Tristan Jarry and made 48 saves before leaving with 10:42 left in the second OT due to a lower-body injury.

Louis Domingue relieved DeSmith in Game 1 and started Game 2 on Thursday night. The Rangers won 5-2 to even the series at 1-1, with Game 3 on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

DeSmith was 11-6-5 with three shutouts, a 2.79 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in the 2021-22 regular season.

Jarry, 27, is considered day-to-day with a foot injury. He was 34-18-6 with four shutouts, a 2.42 GAA and a .919 save percentage in the regular season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings
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Penguins' Casey DeSmith, Rickard Rakell deemed day-to-day

May 4, 2022, 7:00 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith and forward Rickard Rakell are considered day-to-day with their respective injuries, coach Mike Sullivan announced Wednesday.

Neither player took part in an optional practice at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday. That session came one day after the Penguins posted a 4-3 victory in triple-overtime against the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series. Game 2 is Thursday in New York.

DeSmith, 30, started in place of Tristan Jarry (foot) and made 48 saves before leaving with 10:42 remaining in the second overtime due to a lower-body injury. Louis Domingue relieved DeSmith and stopped 17 shots in the final 16:33.

Rakell, 28, did not return to Game 1 following a hit to the chest from defenseman Ryan Lindgren late in the first period.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins G Tristan Jarry to miss start of playoffs

May 1, 2022, 7:17 PM

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Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry is expected to miss the start of the Penguins' Eastern Conference first-round series against the New York Rangers, coach Mike Sullivan announced Sunday.

Sullivan labeled both Jarry and forward Jason Zucker as day-to-day as they deal with their respective injuries. Game 1 is Tuesday night in New York.

Jarry hasn't played since sustaining a lower-body injury in Pittsburgh's win over the New York Islanders on April 14, while Zucker suffered an undisclosed injury in the Penguins' loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

"We don't expect to have them for the first couple of games, I will say that," Sullivan said. "But their status right now is day-to-day. We'll update you guys as we go."

Casey DeSmith, 30, is expected to start in net for the series opener. He was 11-6-5 this season with a 2.79 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage and three shutouts in 26 games (24 starts).

Jarry, 27, enjoyed a career season, setting personal bests in wins (34), GAA (2.42) and shutouts (four).

Zucker, 30, registered 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 41 games this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers
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Rangers' Artemi Panarin, Andrew Copp out vs. Capitals

April 29, 2022, 5:51 PM

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New York Rangers forwards Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp have been ruled out of Friday's regular-season finale against the visiting Washington Capitals.

Panarin sustained an upper-body injury and Copp aggravated a lower-body ailment during the second period of New York's 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Both players sat out the Rangers' 4-3 setback to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

"Just day-to-day, getting better, just being cautious," New York coach Gerard Gallant said. "I fully expect them (to be ready for the playoffs). Just being safe."

The Rangers (51-24-6, 108 points) are locked into the second seed in the Metropolitan Division. They will square off against either the Pittsburgh Penguins or Capitals in the playoffs.

Panarin, 30, has recorded career-high totals in both assists (74) and points (96) this season. His 22 goals are third-best on the team.

Copp, 27, has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 16 games with the Rangers. He was acquired last month from the Winnipeg Jets.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins CEO David Morehouse steps down

April 28, 2022, 2:01 AM

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Pittsburgh Penguins president/chief executive officer David Morehouse left his post Wednesday after 16 years with the club.

During Morehouse's time in charge, the Penguins won three Stanley Cups. His exit comes less than a year after previous owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux sold the team to Fenway Sports Group.

"I want to thank Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux for taking a chance on me in 2007 and giving this Pittsburgh kid the dream of a lifetime to run his hometown hockey team," Morehouse said in a statement. "During those 16 years I've been lucky enough that this never felt like a 'job.' It always felt like a partnership -- with ownership, players, coaches, staff, and Pittsburgh fans. We had some incredible times together, including three Stanley Cups and watching Pittsburgh turn into a true hockey town."

Morehouse added, "I'm confident that the Penguins' future is in good hands with Fenway Sports Group. The new ownership group prioritizes winning and that has always been the philosophy of the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have experience running successful franchises and we have some of the best staff in sports already in place. Together, the legacy of the Penguins is sure to continue."

Fenway Sports Group principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner said in a joint statement, "As a leader of the Penguins franchise for nearly a decade and a half, David presided over an era that is formidable in every way. We are grateful for the leadership he has provided throughout this remarkable period, overseeing the construction of a new arena, record sell-outs, and Stanley Cup championships.

"David has been instrumental in making the Penguins one of the most successful franchises in the NHL and we are thankful for the immense time, energy, and love he has poured into the organization."

Morehouse first joined the Penguins in 2004 as a consultant regarding their new arena. He became club president three years later, ahead of the team's championship runs in 2009, 2016 and 2017, and he added the CEO title in 2010.

The Penguins have sold out all 633 of their home games since February 2007, and they are headed to the postseason for the 16th consecutive year, the longest current run among teams in the NHL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

With Morehouse's exit, Brian Burke and Kevin Acklin will run the Penguins' front office.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers
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Rangers' Artemi Panarin, Andrew Copp out vs. Canadiens

April 27, 2022, 6:06 PM

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New York Rangers forwards Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp have been ruled out of Wednesday's home game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Panarin sustained an upper-body injury and Copp aggravated a lower-body ailment during the second period of New York's 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

"Nothing major, obviously," Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. "I'll know more today, but there's nothing to worry about. Not going to play tonight either one of them, but there's no concern if they'll play next week."

The Rangers (51-23-6, 108 points) are locked into the second seed in the Metropolitan Division. They will square off against either the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals in the playoffs.

Panarin, 30, has recorded career-high totals in both assists (74) and points (96) this season. His 22 goals are third-best on the team.

Copp, 27, has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 16 games with the Rangers. He was acquired last month from the Winnipeg Jets.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins G Tristan Jarry nursing lower-body injury

April 16, 2022, 3:09 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan announced Saturday morning.

Jarry, 26, went the distance in Pittsburgh's 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday, turning aside 36 of 39 shots.

He has enjoyed a career season in 2021-22, setting personal bests in wins (34), goals-against average (2.42) and shutouts (four).

Jarry owns a 93-47-13 record with a 2.57 GAA and .915 save percentage in 159 career games (151 starts) with the Penguins.

Casey DeSmith is expected to start for Pittsburgh (43-22-11, 97 points) in Saturday afternoon's game at Boston.

"His game has really evolved over the course of the season," Sullivan said of DeSmith. "I think since the turn of the calendar year, he's put really solid hockey together for us. He's given us a chance to win each and every night."

DeSmith, 30, is 8-4-5 with two shutouts, a 2.94 GAA and .906 save percentage in 21 games (19 starts) this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Report: Penguins to meet Bruins in 2023 Winter Classic

April 13, 2022, 4:09 PM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Boston Bruins in the 2023 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Jan. 2, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The NHL announced in February that the Bruins would host the game, with the opponent and date left to be set.

This will be the third Winter Classic for the Penguins, who played in the inaugural game against the Buffalo Sabres in Orchard Park, N.Y. That game, played on Jan. 1, 2008, marked the NHL beginning its tradition of hosting an outdoor game to start the new calendar year.

It will be the fifth NHL regular-season outdoor game for the Bruins and the second time the Winter Classic has been played at Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox. The Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime on Jan. 1, 2010, to win the third Winter Classic.

The St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-4 at Target Field in Minneapolis on Jan. 1 to win the 2022 Winter Classic.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Colorado Avalanche
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Penguins F Evgeni Malkin gets hearing for crosscheck to face

April 11, 2022, 3:38 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward and three-time All-Star Evgeni Malkin faces a hearing with the league Monday evening following a crosscheck to the face of Nashville's Mark Borowiecki.

The incident occurred Sunday during the Penguins' 3-2 win over the visiting Predators. Malkin was issued a double-minor for high sticking after drawing blood, avoiding a match penalty on the play. Borowiecki was given a two-minute minor for slashing.

It's expected the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner will be suspended multiple games.

Malkin, 35, was suspended once before, earning a one-game ban in 2019 for swinging his stick at the head of Michael Raffl, then of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Malkin has 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 37 games played this season. He has 1,141 career points (441 goals, 700 assists) over his 16-year career with the Penguins. He was selected No. 2 overall in the 2004 draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Sidney Crosby (illness) among 3 scratched by Penguins

April 7, 2022, 11:10 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain and leading scorer Sidney Crosby is one of three Pittsburgh players who will miss Thursday's game against the Rangers at New York because of illness.

Also out because of illness are defenseman John Marino and forward Radim Zohorna.

According to the Penguins, the illnesses are not related to COVID-19.

Crosby, the eight-time All-Star and two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, has 72 points (26 goals, 46 assists) in 59 games in his 17th NHL season.

Marino is in his third NHL season, all with Pittsburgh. He has 24 points (one goal, 23 assists) in 71 games.

Zohorna, in his second season, has chipped in two goals and four assists in 17 games.

Pittsburgh (41-20-10, 92 points) trails second-place New York (45-20-6, 96 points) in the Metropolitan Division, making their game Thursday crucial for playoff positioning.

--Field Level Media