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Penguins assistant coach Tocchet wants Letang to shoot more on power play

By Josh Yohe
Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet is pleased with the play of defenseman Kris Letang. He isn’t disappointed with the league’s top power play, either. Tocchet, though, said he believes both Letang and the power play he quarterbacks can improve. The …

Rossi: The best Penguins defense is ... a potent offense

By Rob Rossi
Paul Martin, the free-agent-to-be who presumably isn’t in the Penguins’ long-term plans, offered this obvious albeit accurate observation about physical defensemen and NHL rosters: “You’d …

Fleury, Penguins too much for Kings

By Josh Yohe
The Penguins have endured much change during the past few months. One facet that firmly remains is the resurgence of their goaltender. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded …

Penguins notebook: Team celebrates ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ event

By Jason Mackey and Josh Yohe
e_SBlt The Penguins celebrated the NHL-wide event titled “Hockey Fights Cancer” on Thursday. Defenseman Olli Maatta, who next week will undergo surgery to remove a potentially cancerous tumor from his neck, praised its efforts. “It’s a good thing to raise …

Penguins veteran defenseman Scuderi’s game looking up

By Josh Yohe
Midway through Wednesday’s game against New Jersey, Penguins coach Mike Johnston had grown frustrated with Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr’s dominance in the offensive zone. …

Starkey: Hockey hypocrites, unite

By Joe Starkey
Welcome to the Hockey Hypocrites Club. My name is Joe. I’ll be showing you around today. Our motto: “Crave offense, preach defense.” Privately, we lust …

Penguins notebook: Bennett close to returning

By Josh Yohe
Penguins winger Beau Bennett, improving since injuring a knee, is practicing and could return to the lineup in the next couple of weeks. Bennett will be eligible to return as early as Tuesday in Minnesota after he is removed from …

Penguins overcome early deficit with scoring onslaught, beat Devils, 8-3

By Jason Mackey
The Penguins probably shouldn’t make a habit of doing some of the things they did early Tuesday night. Like permitting a short-handed goal, the first …

Penguins assistant coach Tocchet marvels at Maatta’s demeanor

By Josh Yohe
Assistant coach Rick Tocchet had been down this road as a teammate. Now he’s dealing with it as a coach. And he is amazed. Tocchet recounted the scene in the Penguins’ locker room Jan. 12, 1993, when the team was …

Penguins notebook: Jagr still an impact player in 23rd season

By Jason Mackey
Jaromir Jagr doesn’t know whether he’ll play until he’s 50 years old. What the Devils forward does know is if he wants to give it …

Penguins’ defenseman Maatta confident of full recovery

By Jason Mackey
Wearing a gray-and-black, V-neck hoodie and with his blond hair swept to one side, Olli Maatta stepped to the podium Monday looking every bit like …

Penguins rebound with shutout of Predators

By Josh Yohe
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Maybe those gut-wrenching losses were what the Penguins needed. A responsible, diligent team showed up in Nashville on Saturday and earned a …

Penguins’ Crosby OK with Neal comments about trade

By Josh Yohe
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sidney Crosby likes James Neal and considers him a friend. The two got together Friday night in Nashville. Perhaps that’s why Crosby …

Predators GM Poile: Penguins’ firing of Shero not fair

By Josh Yohe
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Penguins general manager Ray Shero did not deserve to be fired in May, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile told the Tribune-Review on Saturday. Shero was let go three days after the Penguins’ second-round playoff series …

Maatta had been back in groove after offseason surgery

By Josh Yohe
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Penguins are struggling to find consistency. If only they could be as consistent as their youngest player. Defenseman Olli Maatta is …

Penguins look to buck shots, goals trend

By Jason Mackey
DETROIT — Penguins coach Mike Johnston has said he wants to wait until at least 10 games have passed before taking a serious look at …

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NHL notebook: Injuries taking toll on Blue Jackets

By Tribune-Review
• The Blue Jackets placed center Mark Letestu and defenseman James Wisniewski on injured reserve Thursday and recalled centers Sean Collins and Brian Gibbons from their AHL affiliate. Letestu, a former Penguin who has three goals and two assists in …