Columbus Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger (18) looks for a rebound as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot in the first period in Pittsburgh Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have tweaked their approach in hopes of taking some of the pressure off goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. While Fleury appreciates his teammates’ effort to play a little more responsibly on defense, he doesn’t mind showing he can still handle himself when things get busy in front of him.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jayson Megna (59) and Brandon Sutter (16) look for a shot against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters (35) as Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk (27) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Hurricanes’ Andrej Sekera (4), of Slovakia looks for possession at left. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) by Joedy McCrearyAP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When he eventually tells the story of his first career goal, Pittsburgh rookie Jayson Megna won’t embellish any of the details. Sidney Crosby did set it up, and it did ice a victory that ended a losing streak. That it clicked in off his shin pad? No big deal.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin (71) gets the game-winning goal past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) in an overtime shootout during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Dan ScifoAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks had gone two years and 157 games since they last faced each other. They picked up right where they left off.
A woman pushes a stroller past the site of the National Blues Museum, set to open next year, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) by Alan Scher ZagierAssociated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Die-hard music lovers, casual fans and globe-trotting tourists readily embrace Chicago as the home of the blues, spurred in large part by the Great Migration northward of Southern Blacks in the early and mid-20th century. Robert Johnson, the genre’s godfather, famously sang of “Sweet Home Chicago,” and the Chicago Blues Festival draws more than 100,000 people each summer. But come next year, the National Blues Museum won’t find a home in Chicago, but in a rival Midwest city 300 miles to the south.
Andrew McCutchen, left front row, Garrett Jones, second from right front row, and Tony Sanchez, second from left, back row, watch an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The Pirates face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NL division series on Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Dan Scifo Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The past two seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins have topped the NHL in scoring. They’ve come up short in the playoffs both times, eliminated with a pair of disappointing early exits. The Penguins are playing better defense so far this season, and embattled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is leading the way.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman talks about the Stadium Series hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins to be held in March, during a…
In this July 27, 2013 photo, Yokohama DeNa BayStars Nyjer Morgan watches his RBI infield single for the go-ahead run in front of Hanshin Tigers catcher Akira Fujii in the six inning of a baseball game at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, western Japan. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Given his past as a two-sport athlete (ice hockey and baseball), former Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan figured he would have no trouble adjusting to Japan’s unique brand of baseball. A slow start and demotion to the minor leagues may have shaken that confidence, but Morgan is now starting to make a major impact with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars of Japan’s Central League. The 33-year-old native of San Francisco is batting .303 with 31 RBIs and a career-high seven home runs in 67 games as the No. 3 hitter for the BayStars.
GEORGES LARAQUE (AP Photo/File) MONTREAL (AP) – Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is going into politics. Laraque announced Tuesday that he would campaign…
In this June 3, 2013, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) prepares for a face off during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh. The NHL has the best names in the business. Nicknames, that is. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Tazer. Bicksy. Crosby is known as the “Sid the Kid.” (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) by Nancy Armour CHICAGO (AP) — The best names in the NHL are the ones that never make the roster. Or get used by Mom. Tazer. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Sid the Kid. Looch (who also goes by Gino). The Bulin Wall. Kells. “There’s always someone, or a few guys, that want to call you different things,” said Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, dubbed “The ManChild” by his teammates. “I guess it’s just part of the camaraderie of the sport and the guys being close. I’m not really sure of the exact science.”