Player News - Penguins

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Phil Kessel had an assist in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss to Washington in Game 1 on Thursday.

Kessel now has three goals and seven points in six playoff contests. Granted it's a relatively small sample size, but that's a big step up from the regular season where he finished with 59 points in 82 contests.
Apr 29 - 11:04 AM

Evgeni Malkin found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss to the Capitals in Game 1 on Thursday.

Malkin has recorded at least a point in each of the five 2016 playoff contests he's participated in. Over that stretch he's scored three goals and registered five assists. Of course, Malkin shining in the playoffs is nothing new. Over the course of his career, he's recorded 45 goals and 119 points in 106 postseason games.
Apr 29 - 11:03 AM

Chris Kunitz had an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss to Washington Thursday night.

It was Kunitz's first point in six playoff games. He had 17 goals and 40 points in 80 regular season contests.
Apr 29 - 11:00 AM

Matt Murray made 31 saves on 35 shots in Pittsburgh's Game 1 overtime loss to Washington on Thursday night.

Murray played well, but obviously didn't have as much success as he did in three wins versus the Rangers in Round 1. The game-winner crossed the goal line by a hair, reflecting just how close the first game of the series was between these two rivals. Murray is now 3-1 in the playoffs.
Apr 29 - 12:09 AM

Nick Bonino put forth a fine performance in Thursday night's Game 1 loss to the Capitals, scoring once and adding an assist.

Bonino was a force in the high-stakes first post-season meeting between the Capitals and Penguins in seven years. His terrific maneuver through the Capitals defense allowed Ben Lovejoy to open the scoring in the first period, then he tied the game with a goal of his own midway through the third. After the 4-3 overtime loss, the Penguins must regroup for Game 2 on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 11:50 PM

Justin Schultz will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals.

Schultz played in Game 1 of the first round, but he was made a healthy scratch in the final four games of the series. Oskar Sundqvist, Beau Bennett and Derrick Pouliot will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 28 - 7:49 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury won't be dressed in Game 1 against Washington on Thursday.

Jeff Zatkoff will serve as the backup goalie behind starter Matt Murray. Fleury has yet to play in a playoff game because he's been dealing with a concussion. It's unclear when he'll be able to return. Fleury's considered day-to-day at this point.
Apr 28 - 7:36 PM

Matt Murray will get the start in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old missed the beginning of the playoffs because of a concussion, but he played extremely well when he took over as the starter. Murray finished the first round with a 3-0 record, a 1.33 goals-against-average and a .955 save percentage. Facing the high-powered Capitals will be a huge test for Murray.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 6:14 PM

Conor Sheary took part in Thursday's practice after staying off the ice Wednesday.

Sheary was taking a maintenance day on Wednesday. He's expected to play in Game 1 of Pittsburgh's second round series against Washington Thursday night.
Apr 28 - 12:47 PM

Lukas Bengtsson has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bengtsson had seven goals and 14 points in 30 Swedish league regular season games in 2015-16. He added another seven points in 14 postseason contests to help Frolunda win the championship. The undrafted 22-year-old blueliner hadn't played professionally in North America prior to inking this deal.
Apr 27 - 10:48 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury is still experiencing concussion symptoms.

However, he took part in an optional workout on Monday and he is able to face shots from teammates. Fleury won't be cleared to return until his symptoms are completely gone. "It's one of the toughest things I've been through," he said. "Some good days, when you think you're back, and some bad days, when you think it's never going to get fixed. It's a lot of ups and downs. The playoffs are such a fun time of year to play hockey. Every game is so intense, meaningful. It's tough to just be watching." Matt Murray will continue to fill in for the Penguins while Fleury is sidelined.
Apr 25 - 1:14 PM

Sidney Crosby is getting ready for just his second career series against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

The last time those two stars met in the playoffs was 2009 and that series certainly didn't disappoint. Crosby and Ovechkin each scored eight goals and the series went to seven games. Among the highlights was Game 2 when Crosby and Ovechkin both recorded a hat trick. We'll have to see if the sequel lives up to the original.
Apr 25 - 7:06 AM

Phil Kessel has nine goals and 20 points in his last 20 games.

The streak goes back to when Evgeni Malkin got hurt and it seemed like Kessel finally got comfortable in Pittsburgh. Kessel got points in four of the five playoff games, missing only Game 4 from the scoresheet. He has three goals and six points in five post-season games this season and was a good selection in your playoff pool by whoever drafted him.
Apr 24 - 10:01 AM

Conor Sheary has been a solid addition to the Sidney Crosby line.

Sheary joined Crosby and Patric Hornqvist during Game 3 and managed a goal and two helpers in the five game series. The Penguins await the winner of the Washington-Philadelphia series in the divisional final.
Apr 24 - 9:56 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins were great on special teams in the first round.

Pittsburgh was 8-21 with the man-advantage and killed off 17-of-19 while scoring once shorthanded. That was the big reason (aside from solid goalkeeping) the Penguins eliminated the Rangers in five games. "We’ve worked a lot on our kill," Matt Cullen said. "Like a lot of kills, you try to take away time and space and make it hard on the power play and we were able to do that. I think when you get in a rhythm and you get your guys going — and of course you get really good goaltending — you can be really good on the [penalty kill]."
Apr 24 - 9:46 AM


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