18 hrs ago
Marshall: Metrics point to Crosby busting goal slump.
Note from Rossi: Jesse Marshall, a local hockey blogger, has agreed to share his unique brand of analytical insight on this blog.
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22 hrs ago
Who is the NHL's Dirtiest Player?
A lifetime goaltender, Jerard Fagerberg has warmed benches from Boston to Bangkok.
The Miami Herald
Penguins come back for 4-3 win over Blue Jackets in Game 3
Myles Chefetz does a tasting in the kitchen at Prime Fish with chef Todd Zimmer, April 14, 2014.
Morning Java: Pittsburgh 2, Ohio 0
Blogginess from the scene: Coincidence or not, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal got going after a shift in which Joe Vitale gave them a hard forecheck.
Northern Michigan News
Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.
Mon Apr 21, 2014
Fleury, 3-goal flurry lead Pens past Jackets, 4-3
A man who has accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen has also sued a former TV programming executive and two other industry figures.
Pens Steal 4-3 Victory Over Columbus to Take 2-1 Series Lead
Apr 21, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena.
Rossi: Lack of time together showing for Penguins' defense
The Penguins' top six defensemen have combined to play 387 postseason games. That seems like an advantage while playing the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Sun Apr 20, 2014
The Miami Herald
Ron Cook: This one loss about as bad as they come for Penguins
It's just one game. Keep telling yourself that. It will ease your pain. As former great Penguins coach Badger Bob Johnson said famously years ago as he held up three fingers, "You can lose three games and still win the series."
Sat Apr 19, 2014
Gene Collier: Dan Bylsma makes his own power play
That search for things the Penguins can improve on from Game 1 to Game 2 in this playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets did not exactly require assistance from trained special ops among the local authorities.
Fri Apr 18, 2014
Nastiness missing from Penguins-Blue Jackets, at least for the moment
It likely would be different -- a lot different -- if the guy wearing No. 19 was, say, Scott Hartnell instead of Ryan Johansen.
WBS Penguins: Division title still up for grabs
The Penguins and Binghamton Senators come into the game tied for first place in the East Division with 92 points.
Thu Apr 17, 2014
First Round Matchups: Backes vs. Toews
MARCH 1: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Soldier Field on March 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
Wed Apr 16, 2014
2014 NHL Playoff Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov at Nationwide Arena.
NHL Playoffs 2014: Boston College Alumni in the Stanley Cup Playoffs
This is a pretty weak series for BC connections. Tommy Cross plays for the Providence Bruins, while rising sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald is a Bruins pick.
Pressing question: How much pressure is on the Pens?
The lack of wins over quality opponents - neither the Sens nor Isles are in the playoffs this year - speaks to a larger issue facing the entire Penguins organization, prior to what could be the most important postseason in franchise history: There was running into the Halak wall in 2010.
Tampa Bay Online
Fennelly: All eyes on Stamkos as another test awaits
In 2011, in his first shift in his first game in his first NHL playoff season, Lightning center Steven Stamkos found himself airborne, horizontal, as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik crunched him into the boards.
Tue Apr 15, 2014
Stanley Cup Playoff Preview - Pittsburgh vs. Columbus
Pittsburgh cruised to a division title this season, taking the Metropolitan with 109 points -- 13 more than the second-place New York Rangers.
Get to Know a Blue Jacket: Ryan Johansen
For part of our preview of the Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets series, we profile a couple of important but perhaps lesser known players that may be the difference between winning and losing.
NHL Playoff Odds 2014: Handicapping Every Team's Championship Hopes
Spring means playoff hockey, and this year's battle for the Stanley Cup is going to be grueling, especially in the Western Conference, where six teams finished with 100 points or more.