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Comeau’s hat trick leads Penguins; Crosby reaches career points

By Jason Mackey
Blake Comeau didn’t complain, but he also didn’t agree with the Columbus Blue Jackets’ assessment of him the past two seasons. They saw him as a fourth-line winger, as someone who can provide a physical punch and not much more. Comeau ...

Starkey: Rutherford will add when timing’s right

By Joe Starkey
Having spent parts of five decades in the NHL — six if you include the day the Detroit Red Wings drafted him 10th overall in ...

Penguins notebook: Bennett to miss about 2 weeks

By Josh Yohe
Another injury to Beau Bennett represents an opportunity for Jayson Megna. Bennett, who has had two wrist surgeries in his career and endured a lower-body injury ...

Penguins’ Scuderi, Despres an odd couple on defense

By Jason Mackey
One is 35 years old and closer to retirement than his next big payday. The other is 23, and until this year, had trouble finding regular ...

Ehrhoff finding his way with Penguins

By Josh Yohe
The real Christian Ehrhoff showed up during the past week. A six-week display of solid but unspectacular hockey left the Penguins pleased enough with their key ...

Fleury collects career win No. 300 in crucial game against Bruins

By Jason Mackey
BOSTON — If Marc-Andre Fleury, for whatever reason, planned to stop any more hockey pucks late Monday night, chances are the results would have been ...

Penguins notebook: Bennett status remains fluid

By Josh Yohe
Penguins coach Mike Johnston doesn’t believe left wing Beau Bennett is brittle. Rather, he views Bennett as unlucky. The oft-injured Bennett, who has shown flashes this season when in the lineup, suffered a lower-body injury Monday against the Boston Bruins. Bennett ...

Penguins notebook: Johnston calls Quinn ‘phenomenal’ coach, person

By Jason Mackey
BOSTON — Four years into his coaching career at Camrose College, a naive Mike Johnston wrote letters to several NHL general managers, letting them know he was ready to hit the big time. One man responded: Pat Quinn. Quinn died Monday at ...

Finding balance between toughness, excessiveness key for Penguins’ Downie

By Jason Mackey
Steve Downie has had no problems making friends — with his own team, anyway. Many Penguins players are thrilled to have the physical forward on their ...

Islanders outwork Penguins to sweep back-to-back meetings

By Jason Mackey
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Many things in hockey are subjective and left open to interpretation. Here’s one that’s not: You won’t score if you don’t shoot. The Penguins ...

Penguins minor league notebook: Pouliot impresses early in season

By Jonathan Bombulie
WILKES-BARRE — In the first 15 seasons after the Penguins planted their AHL farm club in Wilkes-Barre in 1999, 18 defensemen hit double digits in ...

New assistant Agnew has Pens’ PK, defense among league’s best

By Josh Yohe
New Penguins coach Mike Johnston is receiving plenty of attention these days for leading the team to a 13-3-1 record. Rick Tocchet, a high-profile assistant ...

Mears savors success, credits legendary Lange for guidance, inspiration

By Jason Mackey
Walking along Park Avenue in New York City, Steve Mears spots a restaurant he wanted to try. It’s called Hillstone. He heard Rangers goaltender Henrik ...

Penguins notebook: Penguins getting fewer power-play opportunities

By Jason Mackey
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The antidote for the Penguins’ power play hasn’t been opposing teams’ work on the penalty kill. It’s been the officials. After enjoying 56 power plays over their first 13 games for an average of 4.3 per contest, the Penguins ...

Fleury denied 300th win as Penguins lose to Islanders in shootout

By Josh Yohe
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury failed to record his 300th career win Friday. It would have required a superhuman effort. The Penguins, so sound defensively through the ...

Penguins notebook: Dupuis’ absence will alter roles on penalty kill

By Josh Yohe
The Penguins badly missed Pascal Dupuis on the penalty kill last season following his season-ending knee injury Dec. 23. In the first half of last season, with Dupuis in the lineup, the Penguins killed 87.5 percent of their penalties, which had ...

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NHL notebook: Maple Leafs defenseman Polak sidelined 4 weeks with knee injury

By Tribune-Review
• Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak will be sidelined for about four weeks after suffering a strained knee Saturday, TSN reported. Polak, 28, was acquired in the offseason from St. Louis in exchange for Carl Gunnarsson. Polak has played in …