NHL Atlantic Division - the best personalized free web-based Email en en NHL Atlantic Division Penguins strike early, rout Senators 7-0 to take 3-2 lead PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our game." It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending Stanley Cup champions put together Sunday in a 7-0 demolition of the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference ... Mon, 22 May 2017 01:10:00 GMT 2017-05-22T01:10:00Z Resilient Penguins head home with momentum as Game 5 looms PITTSBURGH (AP) — 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. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 19:47:00 GMT 2017-05-20T19:47:00Z Sidney Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Matt Murray was back — and so was Sidney Crosby. Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Crosby had only one point as the defending champion Pengui... Sat, 20 May 2017 04:36:00 GMT 2017-05-20T04:36:00Z Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — 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 3, allowing four goals in just over 13 mi... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:35:00Z NHL's 20 greatest teams filled with Stanley Cup dynasties The "Great One" thinks the 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers are the greatest team he played on, but there's no shortage of debate over whether that's the best team of all-time. Four of Wayne Gretzky's 1980s Oilers dynasty teams are among the 20 "Greatest NHL teams" as voted by fans during the league's 100th anniversary. Also among the top 20 are three teams from the Montreal Canadien... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:04:00 GMT 2017-05-18T15:04:00Z Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3 OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman and his Ottawa Senators teammates heard all the chatter on social media about their style of play, which some perceived as "boring." Their response? Well, LOL. And another big W. Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith scored in a 2:18 span midway through the first period to chase goalie Marc-And... Thu, 18 May 2017 05:20:00 GMT 2017-05-18T05:20:00Z Banged-up Penguins march on vs Senators as injuries mount Seeing a top-line forward and your most indispensable defenseman walking slowly down the tunnel and out of sight during a game would be startling if the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't grown so used to it. At least Bryan Rust and Justin Schultz felt well enough on Tuesday to join the rest of the team as the defending Stanley Cup champions hopped a plane and h... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:46:00Z Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan calls the energetic back-and-forth on the Pittsburgh Penguins bench "a man's argument." If his players have something to say, Sullivan wants them to get it out. Enter Phil Kessel, the mercurial forward with the blistering shot and occasionally blistering tongue. Frustrated by an inability to get anything ... Tue, 16 May 2017 04:18:00 GMT 2017-05-16T04:18:00Z Pens, Sens, Preds, Ducks traded their way to NHL's final 4 Draft and develop is the most common way to win in the salary-cap NHL, and with eight of the past 11 playoff MVPs being homegrown, that hasn't changed. But the four teams left vying for the Stanley Cup this spring — the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators in the East and Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks in the West — all made a handful of significant trades to get t... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:23:00Z Senators look to build off Game 1 win against Penguins PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Ottawa Senators heard the naysayers. The chorus has grown so loud over the last month, tuning it out simply wasn't an option no matter how many one-goal victories they pulled off in the playoffs. "A lot of people were doubting us and almost made us start doubting ourselves," defenseman Cody Ceci said. Emphasis on almost. If there was... Sun, 14 May 2017 21:40:00 GMT 2017-05-14T21:40:00Z Bobby Ryan lifts Senators past Penguins in OT in Game 1 PITTSBURGH (AP) — By his own estimate, it took Ottawa's Bobby Ryan a full 82 games to adjust to first-year coach Guy Boucher's system. Consider the forward all caught up. The rest of the consistently surprising Senators, too. Ryan broke in alone on Marc-Andre Fleury and deked the Pittsburgh goalie before flipping a backhand into the ope... Sun, 14 May 2017 03:46:00 GMT 2017-05-14T03:46:00Z It's a trap! Cup champion Penguins wary of stingy Senators PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the first two rounds of the playoffs engaging in high-stakes games of rope-a-dope with Columbus and Washington, absorbing some hits, avoiding others and counterpunching brilliantly to get halfway to a second straight Stanley Cup. A very different challenge awaits in the Eastern Conference final in what amoun... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:35:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:35:00Z Jason Botterill leaves Penguins to take over as Sabres' GM BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Botterill has no second thoughts over leaving the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins while they are in the midst of yet another playoff run. The lure of returning to the Buffalo Sabres, an organization with which Botterill ended his playing career, and opportunity to make his mark as a first-time general manager outweighed the close ties he est... Fri, 12 May 2017 00:42:00 GMT 2017-05-12T00:42:00Z Penguins just now finding their groove going into East final WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury and his teammates played their best game of the playoffs so far, and it feels like just the beginning for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 with their strongest 60-minute performance yet thanks in large part to Fleury's 29 saves. But with the Ottawa Senators up next in t... Thu, 11 May 2017 06:46:00 GMT 2017-05-11T06:46:00Z Penguins shut out Capitals in Game 7, advance to East final WASHINGTON (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury thanked his stick and flashed a smile so wide it could be seen through his mask. This was vintage Fleury, and he has the Pittsburgh Penguins one step closer to another Stanley Cup. Fleury stopped all 29 shots in a turn-back-the-clock performance to shut out the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 on Wed... Thu, 11 May 2017 04:07:00 GMT 2017-05-11T04:07:00Z Senators back in conference finals for 1st time in 10 years NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson and the Senators have goals this season beyond the Eastern Conference finals. Still, Ottawa planned to enjoy the achievement for a night before getting back to work. After all, it's been a while. Karlsson had a goal and an assist to help the Senators reached the third round of the playoffs for the first tim... Wed, 10 May 2017 06:41:00 GMT 2017-05-10T06:41:00Z Karlsson leads Senators past Rangers into East finals NEW YORK (AP) — Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators showed off their toughness in the third period. The New York Rangers pushed and pushed, but the resilient Senators held on — all the way to their first Eastern Conference final in 10 years. Karlsson had a goal and an assist, Craig Anderson made 37 saves and the Senators eliminated the Rangers with a 4-... Wed, 10 May 2017 04:14:00 GMT 2017-05-10T04:14:00Z Capitals, Ducks confront Game 7 demons vs. Penguins, Oilers Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have lost six of nine Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, and the Ducks have lost five in a row with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, including a heartbreaker in each of the last four years. Wednesday night is the chance for each team... Wed, 10 May 2017 02:37:00 GMT 2017-05-10T02:37:00Z Rangers need win at home for another shot in Ottawa NEW YORK (AP) — The Rangers have had a tough time closing out against the Senators in Ottawa, a challenge they're eager to take on again. First, there's business to take care of in New York. After giving up another late lead before losing in overtime again on the road, the Rangers return home needing a win in Game 6 on Tuesday night to avoid elimination in their Eastern Conf... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:47:00 GMT 2017-05-09T00:47:00Z Ovechkin on move for Caps' elimination game vs. Penguins? ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is Washington's third-line left winger as they face elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At least, that is what coach Barry Trotz did in practice Friday as the desperate Capitals, down 3-1 in their second-round series, prepared for Game 5 on Saturday night in Washington. The Penguins could be getting Sidney Crosby back from a concu... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:42:00Z Rangers top Senators 4-1, tie series 2-2 NEW YORK (AP) — While New York stars Rick Nash and Chris Kreider receive playoff-level attention from Ottawa, Oscar Lindberg and Tanner Glass are providing an unexpected lift for the Rangers. Lindberg scored two goals, Glass had two assists and the Rangers beat the Senators 4-1 on Thursday night to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. ... Fri, 05 May 2017 13:18:00 GMT 2017-05-05T13:18:00Z Zuccarello leads Rangers to 4-1 win over Senators in Game 3 NEW YORK (AP) — Mats Zuccarello got the New York Rangers off to a fast start and they cruised to a crucial win against the Ottawa Senators. Zuccarello had a goal and an assist in the first period and the Rangers went on to a 4-1 victory Tuesday night that cut the Senators' lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Michael Grabner, Rick Nash and Oscar Lindberg a... Wed, 03 May 2017 04:01:00 GMT 2017-05-03T04:01:00Z Rangers regroup after tough loss, confident for Game 3 GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Back home and with an extra day off following their tough double-overtime loss at Ottawa, the New York Rangers are a confident group as they prepare to face the Senators in Game 3. The Rangers led 5-3 late in the third period on Saturday before Ottawa's Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice in the last 3:19 to tie the score and then got... Tue, 02 May 2017 06:45:00 GMT 2017-05-02T06:45:00Z Pageau gets fourth goal in 2OT to lift Sens over Rangers 6-5 OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jean-Gabriel Pageau might not have seen the goal that capped his 'legendary game' for the Ottawa Senators. Pageau scored a career-high four goals, including the winner 2:54 into the second overtime to lift the Senators to a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, giving Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:58:00 GMT 2017-04-30T01:58:00Z Life of a goalie in Eastern playoff series is complicated WASHINGTON (AP) — When the difference between winning and losing is a puck shot from behind the goal line that goes in off his helmet, all Henrik Lundqvist can do is shake his head. Among the hundreds of decisions and 41 saves he made against the Ottawa Senators, the New York Rangers goaltender knew all anyone wanted to know was how that one crazy goal went in. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:48:00 GMT 2017-04-28T21:48:00Z Detroit Pistons submit bids for future NBA All-Star Game DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have put in bids to host a future NBA All-Star Game at Little Caesars Arena. The team says in a release Friday that bids were submitted to the league for 2020 and 2021. Little Caesars Arena is being built just north of downtown Detroit and is expected to open this year. It also will be home to the NHL'... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:38:00 GMT 2017-04-28T18:38:00Z Zuccarello leads Rangers in East semifinals against Senators NEW YORK (AP) — Mats Zuccarello has worked hard to become a consistent scoring leader for the New York Rangers. The 29-year-old Norwegian shuffled between the minors and the NHL after signing with the Rangers in 2010. He spent the 2012-13 season in the KHL during the NHL lockout before re-signing with New York in March 2013. Zuccarello then had a breakout season after that a... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:37:00 GMT 2017-04-26T22:37:00Z Caps, Pens arrive at showdown with key differences from '16 ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins arrive at their latest showdown looking very much like they did a year ago. It's the little things that might matter most this time around. The Capitals added center Lars Eller and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk as a direct response to losing their second-round series l... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:43:00 GMT 2017-04-26T20:43:00Z Bruins will bring back Bruce Cassidy as head coach BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins are bringing Bruce Cassidy back next season, dropping the interim tag from his title as a reward for leading the team back to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Cassidy replaced Claude Julien, the winningest coach in the history of the Original Six franchise, on Feb. 8 and led the team to an 18-8-1 record to ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:19:00 GMT 2017-04-26T13:19:00Z Penguins-Capitals rivalry highlights playoffs' second round It is the playoff format everyone loves to hate, but say this for the NHL's divisional setup: It is serving up a tasty feast of rivalries in the second round. For the second consecutive year, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals after they hadn't met in the playoffs since 2009. Washington and Pittsburgh were the league... 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