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Matt Calvert’s goal in double OT evens series for Blue Jackets

By Rob Rossi
Coach Dan Bylsma is looking for an answer. His Penguins have opened the Stanley Cup playoffs looking not so special. They allowed three special-teams scores Saturday in a 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Consol Energy Center. …

Blue Jackets score a franchise first with playoff victory

By Jason Mackey
So this is what one of those feels like. The Columbus Blue Jackets’ comeback from a two-goal deficit not only evened their Eastern Conference first-round …

Starkey: Penguins’ arrogance astounding

By Joe Starkey
They never learn. Every time the Penguins start to feel good about themselves, it seems they want to feel better. Good isn’t good enough. They are hockey’s great narcissists — hopelessly addicted to their own wondrous skill.  Their 4-3 double-overtime …

Second-period short-handed goal gives Blue Jackets momentum

By Chris Adamski
The double-overtime winner wasn’t the only pivotal goal of Matt Calvert’s night. His second-period short-handed goal, likewise, wasn’t the only momentum-changing part of the Columbus …

Orpik: Penguins must keep their cool

By Josh Yohe
Brooks Orpik made a visit down memory lane Friday. He thinks his teammates should, too. Orpik spoke candidly about the Penguins’ continual problem with maintaining …

Penguins say playoff series against Columbus could fuel rivalry

By Jason Mackey
Meeting here and there during the regular season doesn’t ignite a rivalry. But by playing the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time in a …

Penguins’ Gibbons scores twice but leaves with apparent injury

By Chris Adamski
Brian Gibbons was on the ice just 146 seconds of Game 2 of the Penguins’ first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. He made the most of it. Gibbons scored during half of the four full shifts he …

Penguins notebook: Stars taking their turns with No. 1 power play

By Chris Adamski
The Penguins have no shortage of skilled players capable of contributing to an effective power play. So who’s on their so-called No. 1 power-play unit? It depends when you check. The lone constants at practices and games over the past …

Penguins’ Bylsma wants Cup version of Letang

By Rob Rossi
Coach Dan Bylsma wants Kris Letang to resurrect his form from five years ago. “When I think about Kris at his best — and it’s …

Blue Jackets goalie Bobrovsky turns page, focuses on Game 2

By Craig Merz
Why would Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky take to the ice for an optional practice Thursday, some 14 hours after losing Game 1 of …

Rossi: Pens sticking to power-play plan

By Rob Rossi
Kris Letang expects to play better in Game 2, but that might not mean much when it comes to how the Penguins work their power …

Pens insider: Penalty killing a concern in Stanley Cup playoffs

By Josh Yohe
The Penguins have a problem. They are heavily reliant on their special teams — they’re statistically average, hardly Stanley Cup-caliber, in five-on-five play this season …

Penguins notebook: Third line has right mix

By Jason Mackey
Whether this current iteration of the Penguins third line has the right chemistry remains to be seen. What Lee Stempniak, Brandon Sutter and Beau Bennett …

Penguins’ Bylsma and Blue Jackets’ Richards know each other well

By Josh Yohe
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards possess an extra 24 hours to find an edge. The additional day probably won’t be …

Plum native Umberger inching closer to making return for Blue Jackets

By Craig Merz
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hockey fans in Columbus consider Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger one of their own. He played three seasons in the city at …

Undersized rookie Gibbons is blur on ice for Penguins

By Chris Adamski
Pure, elite-level straight-line speed can do a lot of things for a hockey player. It can allow him to create turnovers and pressure anxious defensemen. …

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NHL notebook: Bruins’ Lucic fined $5,000 for spearing

By Tribune-Review
• Bruins forward Milan Lucic said he has no plans to spear anyone else, which should come as a relief to the rest of the NHL. Lucic got away with the cheap shot of Friday’s Game 1 when he stuck …

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