Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins

 | 30-14-3
  • Goals For
    161 GF
  • Goals Against
    132 GA
  • Power Play %
    22.7 PP%
  • Penalty Kill %
    77.3 PK%
  • Penalty Mins
    343 PIM
  • The Canadian Press

    New Jersey travels to face Crosby and the Penguins

    New Jersey Devils (14-26-6, seventh in the East Division) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (30-14-3, second in the East Division) Pittsburgh; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EDT FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Penguins -296, Devils +232 BOTTOM LINE: Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh into a matchup with New Jersey. He's eighth in the NHL with 54 points, scoring 19 goals and totalling 35 assists. The Penguins are 30-14-3 against the rest of their division. Pittsburgh ranks second in the NHL averaging 5.9 assists per game, led by Crosby with 0.8. The Devils are 14-26-6 against the rest of their division. New Jersey has given up 38 power-play goals, killing 70.1% of opponent chances. The teams meet for the second straight game. TOP PERFORMERS: Brian Dumoulin leads the Penguins with a plus-16 in 32 games this season. Crosby has five goals over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh. Jesper Bratt leads the Devils with 20 total assists and has 25 points. Yegor Sharangovich has six assists over the last 10 games for New Jersey. LAST 10 GAMES: Penguins: 6-3-1, averaging 4.3 goals, 8.1 assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.1 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game with an .876 save percentage. Devils: 1-9-0, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.6 assists, 2.8 penalties and seven penalty minutes while allowing 4.2 goals per game with an .834 save percentage. INJURIES: Penguins: Frederick Gaudreau: out (lower body). Devils: Mackenzie Blackwood: day to day (upper body), Ty Smith: day to day (upper body). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Capitals beat Isles 1-0 in SO to reclaim sole East lead

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the deciding goal in a shootout, giving the Washington Capitals a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night to reclaim sole possession of first place in the East Division. Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 shots through overtime for his second shutout of the season and third of his career. Washington won for the seventh time in 11 games. Semyon Varlamov, who had a 29-save shutout in the teams’ last meeting on April 6, finished with 28 saves through overtime in this one. However, he gave up two goals on three attempts in the shootout. The Islanders fell one point behind the Capitals, tied for second place with Pittsburgh — which beat New Jersey 5-1. Boston is another three points back in fourth. After Anthony Beauvilier beat Samsonov with a backhand in the second round of the tiebreaker, Nicklas Backstrom scored off the crossbar and in to tie it. Brock Nelson misfired on the Islanders’ attempt in the third round before Kuznetsov beat Varlamov on the stickside to give the Capitals the win. RED WINGS 7, STARS 3 DETROIT (AP) — Jakub Vrana scored four goals in a game for the first time to help Detroit rout Dallas and match its victory total from last season. Detroit picked up its 17th victory in its 49th game, a year after winning 17 of 71 games in the previous pandemic-shortened season. The teams will play a fourth straight game Saturday night. Sam Gagner, Luke Glendening and Richard Panik also scored, and Thomas Greiss made 43 saves. Radek Faksa, Joe Pavelski and Denis Gurianov scored for Dallas. PENGUINS 5, DEVILS 1 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust each scored their 19th goals of the season and Pittsburgh beat Devils. Kasperi Kapanen returned to Pittsburgh’s lineup after missing 13 games with a left foot injury and had a goal and an assist. Teddy Blueger scored a short-handed goal, and Cody Ceci also scored for the Penguins. The teams also met Tuesday, when Pittsburgh became the first team in NHL history to win despite allowing six goals in the third period during a 7-6 victory. Tristan Jarry, who allowed those six goals on 11 third-period shots Tuesday, made 30 saves for the Penguins. Matt Tennyson scored for New Jersey. The teams will complete the three-game set Saturday in Pittsburgh. MAPLE LEAFS 5, JETS 3 WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mitch Marner had two goals and an assist, Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 34th goal and Toronto beat Winnipeg. Wayne Simmonds and Jason Spezza also scored and Jack Campbell made 34 saves to help the North Division-leading Maple Leafs move six points ahead of Winnipeg. Mark Scheifele, Andrew Copp and Kyle Connor scored for the Jets. The teams will complete the two-game series Saturday night in Winnipeg. LIGHTNING 3, BLUE JACKETS 1 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ondrej Palat scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Curtis McElhinney stopped 24 shots, leading Tampa Bay past Columbus. Blake Coleman had two goals, including an empty-netter with 25 seconds left. Seth Jones scored for the Blue Jackets. The teams will play again Sunday in Tampa. HURRICANES 4, PANTHERS 2 SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sebastian Aho scored two short-handed goals and to help Carolina beat Florida. Nino Niederreiter and Jordan Martinook also scored, Alex Nedeljkovic made 30 saves, and Martin Necas had three assists. The Hurricanes have won six consecutive games against the Panthers this season. Aleksander Barkov scored twice for Florida, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 25 shots. The Panthers lost for the first time at home in eight games. The teams will finish the two-game set Saturday. BRUINS 5, SABRES 1 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists and Boston beat Buffalo for its season-best sixth straight victory. Matt Grzelcyk scored the go-ahead goal 12:50 into the second period, and rookie Jeremy Swayman stopped 29 shots. Brad Marchand, with his team-leading 25th, Nick Ritchie and David Krejci also scored for the Bruins. Pastrnak has two goals and eight assists over a five-game point streak. Arttu Ruotsalainen scored for Buffalo. The teams will conclude the three-game series in Buffalo on Friday night. FLYERS 3, RANGERS 2 NEW YORK (AP) — James van Riemsdyk scored two power-play goals and Philadelphia beat New York to snap a two-game slide. Jakub Voracek scored the deciding goal for Philadelphia, and Brian Elliott made 33 saves. Ivan Provorov had two assists. Brendan Smith and Artemi Panarin scored New York, and Igor Shesterkin made 33 saves. The Rangers fell for the second straight game after four consecutive victories against the New Jersey Devils. The teams will finish the eight-game season series Friday night in New York. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Crosby, Rust lead Penguins past Devils 5-1

    PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust each scored their 19th goals of the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-1 on Thursday night. Kasperi Kapanen returned to Pittsburgh’s lineup after missing 13 games with a left foot injury and had a goal and an assist. Teddy Blueger scored a short-handed goal, and Cody Ceci also scored for the Penguins. The teams also met Tuesday, when Pittsburgh became the first team in NHL history to win despite allowing six goals in the third period during a 7-6 victory. The Penguins, who have 12 wins and points in 14 of their last 17 games, didn’t allow their big lead to slip away this time. Tristan Jarry, who allowed those six goals on 11 third-period shots Tuesday, made 30 saves for the Penguins. Matt Tennyson scored for New Jersey, his first goal since Dec. 15, 2015, when he played for San Jose. Aaron Dell was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 15 shots. Scott Wedgewood stopped seven shots in the Devils' eighth straight loss. The teams complete a three-game set Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins scored three times on their first four shots of the second period, turning a one-goal lead into a 5-1 game. Rust finished a one-timer from Jake Guentzel during a 2-on-1 at 12:03. Kapanen used his speed to work around defenceman Jonas Siegenthaler and beat Dell, as the Penguins scored consecutive goals in 25 seconds. Blueger scored his third goal in as many games at 15:59 of the second, giving Pittsburgh the four-goal margin. Crosby opened the scoring 41 seconds into the game, following an extended shift in the Devils zone. He picked off a pass near the top of the left circle and flipped a shot over Dell’s shoulder. Crosby scored for the 13th time in the opening minute of a game, tied with Mark Messier for the most in NHL history. WELCOME BACK Kapanen played fourth-line right wing Thursday so the Penguins could manage his minutes and he could regain his timing and conditioning on the fly. Kapanen scored four goals and 11 points in 13 games before his injury, as he flourished earlier this season on the team’s second line alongside Evgeni Malkin, who missed his 18th straight game with a lower-body injury. Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt returned to the lineup for the Devils. Zacha and Bratt, who share the team lead with 25 points, missed five and four games respectively, both with lower-body injuries. Zacha started at left wing on the second line, while Bratt opened as third-line right wing, but the two took shifts with Nico Hischier in the second period. CROSBY CHASING HISTORY Crosby, with 54 points in 46 games, is one point from his 16th season averaging at least one point per game. Crosby, who can appear in a maximum 55 games, is looking to join Wayne Gretzky as the only players in NHL history to have a point-per-game season in each of their first 16 years in the league. Crosby is also one goal from becoming the first player in team history to record 13 seasons of 20 or more goals. He would become the 36th player in NHL history to hit the mark and also pass Malkin and Penguins owner Mario Lemieux. Crosby has eight goals and 25 points in 18 games without Malkin this season. SCORCHING THE DEVILS Rust has points in 11 of his last 12 games — with eight goals and 16 points — against the Devils, including nine straight. Guentzel has points in eight straight against New Jersey, and has 10 goals and 23 points in 20 career games against the Devils. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dan Scifo, The Associated Press