2:17 PM EDT, Tue May 03, 2016

Postgame thoughts - Penguins 3, Capitals 2 - 05-02-16

  Observations from the Penguins' 3-2 win against the Capitals in Game 3: First things first, right winger Bryan Rust left the game in the first period after blocking a pair of shots on his first and only shift of the game. Head coach Mike Sullivan did not have an update on his status and described his injury as "lower-body." Rust injury pic.twitter.com/pu4ADO9fOd — Stephanie (@myregularface) May 3, 2016 Also, defenseman Kris Letang could be facing supplemental discipline after he struck Capitals left winger Marcus Johansson in the head late during the first...

Postgame thoughts - Penguins 6, Rangers 3 - 04-23-16

Observations from the Penguins' 6-3 win against the Rangers: The Penguins' 2014-15 season ended exactly 365 days ago on April 24, 2015 - there was a leap day this year - when they lost to the Rangers, 2-1, in overtime of Game 5 of their first-round series After the Penguins shook hands with the Rangers at Madison Square and shuffled off for a long summer, there was a lot of uncertainty about what was a very limited roster at the time. Almost one calendar year later, only seven Penguins players who skated in that 2015 Game 5 exchanged handshakes with the Rangers today after they ended New...

Postgame thoughts - Penguins 3, Rangers 1 - 04-19-16

Observations from the Penguins' 3-1 win against the Rangers: The Penguins' identity is speed and skating. Generally speaking, those traits aren't always connected to defense.  And neither are the Penguins historically. Yet tonight, the Penguins used a stout defnese to scrape out an impressive road win. They limited the Rangers to only 17 shots. They themselves blocked 15 shots. And when you factor in the sloppy ice conditions of April in Madison Square Garden, that forced the Penguins to make simpler plays and led them to playing a meat-and-potatoes type of game which isn't always something...

Postgame thoughts - Rangers 4, Penguins 2 - 04-16-16

  Observations from the Penguins' 4-2 loss to the Rangers in Game 2: For the better part of two or three months, the Penguins' mantra has been speed. They've outskated the opponent most nights with a fast fleet of forwards and defensemen and created turnovers and scoring chances by being a few steps faster. Tonight, they were fed a little bit of their own medicine by the Rangers. While it was hardly a one-sided affair, the Rangers gave the Penguins all kind of issues throughout Game 2 with their speed. They forced the Penguins into uncharacteristic mistakes with the puck and long shifts in...

About the Rangers - Game 2 - 04-16-16

A preview of the Rangers. When and where: 3 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center. TV: NBC, CBC. Leading Postseason scorer: Center Derek Stepan (right), 2 points (2 goals, 0 assists). Last Game: 5-2 loss in Game 1. Stepan scored two goals. Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (35-17-6, 2.29 GAA, .921 SV% in the regular season) or Jeff Zatkoff (1-0-0, 2.01 GAA, .946 SV% in the postseason) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (0-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .909 SV% in the postseason) or Antti Raanta (0-1-0, 4.51 GAA, .842 SV% in the postseason)for the Rangers. Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni...

Empty Netter Assists - Award season - 04-07-16

Penguins -Defenseman Kris Letang's (right) campaign for the Norris Trophy has begun.  -The Penguins signed goaltender Sean Maguire, a fourth-round pick in 2012, to a two-year entry-level contract. Maguire, 23, just completed his senior season at Boston University. In 25 games, he had a 13-9-1 record with a 2.41 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and two shutouts.  -What's different for the third line with center Eric Fehr playing the right wing? -Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jim Paek (right). The first Korean-born player in NHL history, Paek was a...

Empty Netter Assists - Fleury concussed - 04-03-16

Penguins -Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be sidelined indefinitely due to a concussion, his second of the season. -The Post-Gazette's recap from yesterday's game. "This is a great opportunity for me. I’m very excited about it.” - Goaltender Matt Murray (above) on taking over for Fleury. -The Associated Press' recap. The Penguins qualified for the postseason.  -Newsday's recap. “It’s embarrassing. It’s a big game ... [and] it’s unacceptable. It’s going to sting over the next day and a half, so we have to be motivated after this one.” - Islanders captain/forward John...