Sidney Crosby - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Sidney Crosby Hoffman's goal helps Senators beat Penguins to force Game 7 OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Hoffman fired a slap shot through traffic off a pass from Fredrik Claesson to put the Senators ahead at 1:34 of the t... Wed, 24 May 2017 03:56:00 GMT 2017-05-24T03:56:00Z Desperate Ottawa tries to avoid elimination by Penguins OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — 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 playoff history. Players thought the practice, as well as an encour... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:10:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:10:00Z 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 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 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 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 Easter Epic! Nedved! Caps add playoff letdown to long list The Washington Capitals' history of playoff disappointments began even before they ever reached the postseason. The proof is hanging in the closet in Bruce Peters' home in Waldorf, Maryland, about 30 miles away from where the Presidents' Trophy winners lost Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night with a spot in the Eastern Conference finals at stake. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 02:57:00 GMT 2017-05-11T02:57:00Z 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 Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards A week after he was knocked out of playoff game with a concussion, Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby slid headfirst into the boards during another tense game against the Washington Capitals. He did not come out of Game 6 on Monday night. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Tuesday that the league's centralize... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:52:00Z Capitals overwhelm Penguins 5-2 to force Game 7 PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise's inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses. And they don't care. It's not 1992. It's not 1996, 2009 or 2016 for that matter. The Capitals have spent the better part of the season insisting this time, things will be differen... Tue, 09 May 2017 03:42:00 GMT 2017-05-09T03:42:00Z Pressure still on Caps, but spotlight is on Fleury in Game 6 Three goals in five minutes sparked sing-song chants of "FLEU-RY! FLEU-RY!" and might've planted enough of a seed of belief for the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All series the Capitals had struggled to beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but he allowed four goals on 32 shots in the Penguins' Game 5 loss Saturday night in probably his worst performance ... Mon, 08 May 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-05-08T06:23:00Z Capitals rally past Penguins in Game 5 to avoid elimination WASHINGTON (AP) — It was quiet in the Washington Capitals' locker room during the second intermission as they stared down the prospect of the end of their season and last best chance at a Stanley Cup potentially being 20 minutes away. A few minutes into the third period, the players made their home rink very, very loud. Nicklas Backstrom changed the cours... Sun, 07 May 2017 03:14:00 GMT 2017-05-07T03:14:00Z Crosby returns for Penguins after concussion WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup for Game 5 against the Washington Capitals after missing the previous game with a concussion. Crosby is in the lineup five days after being concussed on a cross-check to the head by Matt Niskanen in Game 3. Coach Mike Sullivan said Saturday morning that Crosby had passed his concussion test and was c... Sat, 06 May 2017 23:30:00 GMT 2017-05-06T23:30:00Z 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 Penguins star Crosby returns to practice after concussion CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Sidney Crosby returned to work Friday, practicing with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates barely four days removed from a frightening hit that left the him with a concussion, and his status for the rest of the playoffs uncertain. While the two-time MVP declined to get into specifics whether he'll be available for Game 5 at Wa... Fri, 05 May 2017 18:54:00 GMT 2017-05-05T18:54:00Z Concussed Crosby skates with Penguins, no word on return PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is skating again, but coach Mike Sullivan provided no update on when his star will be ready to return from a concussion. Crosby sat out Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory in Game 4 of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington on Wednesday night. He was diagnosed with his second concussion of the season after taking ... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:11:00Z Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead PITTSBURGH (AP) — Forget about revenge for the brutal cross-check that knocked Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby out of the playoffs indefinitely. Marc-Andre Fleury didn't want any part of it. The Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender came up with a more effective method of retribution against the Washington Capitals. "The best way to mak... Thu, 04 May 2017 13:42:00 GMT 2017-05-04T13:42:00Z Penguins star Sidney Crosby out with another concussion PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly heading to the dressing room on Monday night following a violent cross-check to the jaw from Washi... Wed, 03 May 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-05-03T01:27:00Z Shattenkirk nets OT winner for Caps; Crosby exits PITTSBURGH (AP) — A shot from the point by Washington's Kevin Shattenkirk salvaged — or at the very least, extended — his team's season. A far different kind of shot may end up determining the outcome of a playoff series growing more contentious by the shift. Shattenkirk's goal 3:13 into overtime lifted the Capitals to a 3-2 victory ove... Tue, 02 May 2017 04:39:00 GMT 2017-05-02T04:39:00Z Desperate Capitals go back to Holtby for Game 3 vs. Penguins Desperate times called for a players-only meeting in the Washington Capitals' locker room after they fell behind 2-0 in their second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. What was said? Matt Niskanen called it "none of your business," Alex Ovechkin insisted "it stays between us," and Justin Williams said, "We'll keep that between us." ... Mon, 01 May 2017 06:17:00 GMT 2017-05-01T06:17:00Z Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead WASHINGTON (AP) — When Sidney Crosby wasn't beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice. No matter the unconventional plays or style of game, Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling after beating the Capitals 6-2 in Game 2 Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series between the NHL's top two... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:42:00 GMT 2017-04-30T04:42:00Z 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 Crosby scores twice, Bonino has winner as Pens beat Caps WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby outdueled Alex Ovechkin in a vintage goal-for-goal showdown between the NHL's top teams, and Nick Bonino and Marc-Andre Fleury put the finishing touches on a playoff classic. Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Bonino had the winner in the third period and Fleury made dazzling saves with and without his stick, helping th... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:41:00 GMT 2017-04-28T03:41:00Z