Tag: Professional hockey

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Sports

Penguins romp by Blue Jackets 4-2

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.

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Rookie Megna lifts Penguins past Canes, 3-1

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.

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Jason Collins came out; NBA should let him play

In this photo provided by ABC, NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses for a photo with television journalist George Stephanopoulos, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless) by Jeff Pearlman (CNN) — It was merely a dream, wasn’t it? That whole Jason Collins thing of six months ago — never happened, right? The headline news of his becoming the first openly gay active male professional athlete in a team sport. The Sports Illustrated cover. The supportive tweets from everyone ranging from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Jason Kidd and LeBron James. The interviews. The raves (“Game-changing!”). The altered landscape.

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Sports

Malkin scores in SO, Pens beat Canucks 4-3

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.

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Entertainment

Blues museum to call St. Louis home, sweet home

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.

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Sports

Crosby, Fleury lead Penguins past Sabres 4-1

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.