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Op-Ed: NHL's Metropolitan division is well-balanced, hard to predict

With 2014-15 NHL regular season about to get going, it's time revisit what teams of the Metropolitan division have done over the course of the summer.

Are the Vancouver Canucks looking at newly-fired Dan Bylsma?

With today's announcement from Pittsburgh that the Pens have hired Jim Rutherford to replace Ray Shero, and that the G.M.'s first act was to fire coach Dan Bylsma, the question becomes - what about Bylsma? Could he end up with the Vancouver Canucks?

NHL Playoff Scores: Penguins rally past Blue Jackets 4-3

Pittsburgh - Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference Playoffs between Pittsburgh and Columbus had all the drama hockey fans could hope for and in the end, the Penguins rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Blue Jackets 4-3.

Red Wings clinch 23rd consecutive playoff berth against Pens

The Detroit Red Wings didn't win the battle Wednesday night but they won the war. The Wings lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, but gained a point by taking it to extra-time. That one point clinched the Wings' 23rd straight playoff appearance.

NHL: Gary Bettman upholds Shawn Thornton 15 game suspension

Boston Bruin forward Shawn Thornton appealed Brendan Shanahan's decision to suspend him 15 games for a cheap shot on Brooks Orpik but has lost his appeal, it was announced the day before Christmas. He has one appeal option remaining.

Op-Ed: If Brooks Orpik fights, he doesn't end up unconscious

I have watched the replays a million times. And I'm convinced that what happened between Boston and Pittsburgh Saturday night could have been prevented if the National Hockey League (NHL) stopped messing with "The Code."

Shawn Thornton assault on Brooks Orpik calls for long suspension

We've seen it before, the kind of scene that Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins created when he threw an unsuspecting Brooks Orpik to the ice and pounded him in the head. Officials in civvies on the ice, the prone player, the signal it's serious.

NHL Scores: Pittsburgh hands Anaheim fourth straight defeat

Pittsburgh - Anaheim got off to a very quick start this season, winning 15 of their first 19 games, but the Ducks have hit a rough patch on this road trip, losing their fourth straight game, this time to Pittsburgh 3-1 on Monday night.

NHL News and Rumors — Minnesota Wild looking at Marc-Andre Fleury

Minneapolis - The Minnesota Wild made some big moves last season during free agency to boost the talent level on the roster and now it appears they want to add a new goalie to the mix before the start of the 2013-14 NHL season.

Jason Spezza back skating for Ottawa Senators, may return Round 2

Despite their first round win over the second seed Montreal Canadiens, pundits may not now consider the Ottawa Senators a legitimate threat for the Stanley Cup. But if they get back star center Jason Spezza that may change, and it looks as if they will.

Sidney Crosby: 5-point game has him on track for 100-point season

Sidney Crosby played set-up man extraordinaire on Sunday night in Pittsburgh with 5 assists in a 6-1 win versus the Islanders. Over the past 8 games the Pens superstar has 20 points and if he continues that pace he'll hit 100 for the shortened season.

Op-Ed: NHL's nasty Matt Cooke can fool some of the people, but not me

Matt Cooke may have fooled many people by contritely telling cameras that raising his foot and jamming it down onto the back of Erik Karlsson's lower leg was an accident. But if you believe him, I'd like to talk to you about buying an ice-rink on Mars.

NHL: Leafs, Penguins, Blues victorious

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers and New York Islanders were all victorious in Thursday's early games.

Players already on the move as NHL CBA nears expiry

With the NHL's collective bargaining agreement set to expire midnight Saturday, several players have reportedly made arrangements to join other teams - and in some cases, they'll be suiting up immediately.

NHL: Flyers rally late to top Penguins in Game 1

Pittsburgh - The opening game of the NHL playoffs featured one of the most storied interstate rivalries in sports that looked to be a wash for Pittsburgh after the first period, but a resilient Philly team mounted a late game comeback.

Op-Ed: NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference Preview

The NHL season is finally over and the playoffs are set. The Eastern Conference lineup features a few perennial favorites as well as a resurgent New York Rangers team.

Sidney Crosby looks to 'test' recovery before playing again

Sounding understandably nervous about how things may go when he returns to NHL action, on Friday Sidney Crosby said he wanted to be as "tested" as possible before playing. Crosby has been out since Dec. 5 after suffering recurring concussion symptoms.

Op-Ed: They ought to sit Sidney Crosby down with a good book

Let's get right to it: Is it me or does the notion of Sidney Crosby continuing workouts since his last setback sound...unwise? Yes, as of March 7 he's been cleared for contact at practice, but this layperson worries they've set him up only to fail again.

Goalie up for grabs: Detroit Red Wings put Ty Conklin on waivers

With the return from injury of Detroit Red Wing starter Jimmy Howard it became the proverbial numbers game and, after a stellar run by Joey MacDonald, the number for goalie Ty Conklin is up. Conklin has been put on waivers.

Sid the Kid: Two broken vertabrae in neck missed by doctors

On Saturday the agent, for Sidney Crosby, Pat Brisson confirmed his client had another injury mixed in with his well-documented concussion woes - two broken vertebrae in his neck. That injury, however, healed without his doctors knowing it existed.

Op-Ed: What Sidney Crosby means to a generation of hockey fans

If it’s at all possible, Sidney Crosby looked better in his return to the NHL after a 10-month layoff than he did when he left (He was on pace for 64 goals and 132 points.)

NHL players need to protect & respect says former Leaf Sundin Special

Toronto - From the time he entered the NHL to the time he retired, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin has seen the game of hockey change considerably.

Former Leafs star Mats Sundin helps kids shape up Special

Toronto - Former NHL star Mats Sundin may have ended his career as a Vancouver Canuck, but he made a welcomed return to his “second home” as a Toronto Maple Leaf.

NHL: Crosby return facing questions as training camp draws closer

It's been over seven months since Sidney Crosby played in an NHL game, and as training camp approaches in September, it's unclear whether the Penguins star will be ready to start the season while he continues his recovery from post-concussion symptoms.

Op-Ed: Pittsburgh Penguins' future darker than it seems

When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009 immediate speculation of a Penguins dynasty marched through news mediums.

Montreal fans fill streets after Canadiens win Game 7

Montreal - In what seems like an unlikely Cinderella story, the Montreal Canadiens have defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-2 victory and thousands of fans in the Montreal were celebrating their hockey heroes peacefully,but by midnight a riot broke out.

Crosby's 6 Points Highlight High-Scoring Night in the NHL

Getting a point on all six of Pittsburgh's goals in a 6-4 win over the New York Islanders, Sidney Crosby puts himself back in the hunt for the Art Ross Trophy.

Pittsburgh Penguins win first Stanely Cup since 1992

For the first time since 1992, the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in a thrilling Game 7 victory over the reigning champs, the Detroit Red Wings.

Penguins Beat Red Wings in First Meeting Since Stanley Cup Finals

When a team is losing 5-2 in the third period against the defending Stanley Cup Champions it is usually time to call it quits, regroup, and think about the next game. At that point, many Pens fans probably turned off the TV or radio in shame.

Pens Sign Satan and Fedotenko, Re-Sign Fleury and Orpik

The Pittsburgh Penguins attempt to overcome the loss of Marián Hossa by signing right winger Miroslav Satan and forward Ruslan Fedotenko each to a one year contract.
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Superstar Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguin teammates are out of the NHL playoffs after being...
Superstar Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguin teammates are out of the NHL playoffs after being eliminated in the first round by the New York Rangers.
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