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Sidney Crosby has scored the game-winner in all three of the Penguins' Eastern Conference Final victories.

Only one other Penguins player has ever scored three game-winning goals in a single series. That was Kevin Stevens back in 1991. If Crosby scores the game-winner again in Game 7, then he'll join Mike Bossy as the only other player to have four such markers in a single series.
May 25 - 1:23 PM

Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist in the Penguins 5-2 win against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Bonino has recorded at least one point in four of his last five contests. He has three goals and 15 points in 17 games in the 2016 playoffs.
May 25 - 9:51 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

Kessel has found the back of the net in four of Pittsburgh's last five games. He now has nine goals and 18 points in 17 playoff contests.
May 25 - 9:50 AM

Bryan Rust found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

Rust has three goals and six points in 16 playoff games. During the regular season he had four goals and 11 points in 41 contests.
May 25 - 9:49 AM

Matt Murray stopped 28 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The decision to go back to Murray paid off for the Penguins, as the win allows them to stay alive and force a Game 7 in their home building. Murray's given up two goals or less in three of his last four outings. He improves his postseason record to 10-4 in 2016. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final goes Thursday night in Pittsburgh. There's no doubt that the Pens will be going back to Murray in that game.
May 24 - 11:19 PM

Sidney Crosby scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Crosby picked up the primary assist on Phil Kessel's first period, power play goal. He then extended the Penguins' lead to 3-0 with his goal at the 19:34 mark of the second period. Crosby finished the game with four shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and two hits in 18:09 of ice time. The Pens captain six goals and 15 points in 17 postseason games in 2016. Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also found the back of the net for the Penguins. Game 7 will take place in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 24 - 11:12 PM

Beau Bennett is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Bennett made his return to the Penguins' lineup in Game 5 after being out since April 5 with an undisclosed injury. The Bennett experiment didn't end up lasting very long. Derrick Pouliot and Oskar Sundqvist are also expected to watch from the press box tonight. The Penguins are one loss away from being eliminated from the 2016 playoffs. If the Pens pull off a win in Game 6, the two teams would play Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
May 24 - 7:19 PM

It looks like Conor Sheary will draw back into the Penguins' lineup for Game 6.

What's more, Sheary is projected to resume his duties on a line with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist. That's at the expense of Beau Bennett, who had taken over for Sheary in Game 5.
May 24 - 1:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will start Matt Murray in Game 6 on Tuesday.

Marc-Andre Fleury got his first start of the playoffs on Sunday, but he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss. Although Murray similarly struggled in Game 4, he's the goaltender that's gotten Pittsburgh this far in the playoffs, so it's not surprising to see the Penguins go back to him when facing elimination.
May 24 - 12:58 PM

Evgeni Malkin remains confident after the Lightning took a 3-2 series lead on Sunday night in the Eastern Conference Final.

"I believe in my team, I believe in myself," Malkin said. "We're coming back to Pittsburgh for sure. ... We have a great team. If you want to win the Stanley Cup, it's not easy. Yeah, it's 3-2 but we still have a chance to come back and win." He is expecting the stars on the team to step up and that of course includes himself.
May 23 - 1:55 PM

Coach Mike Sullivan wouldn't say Monday who would start in goal for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

He said the decision would come Tuesday morning. Marc-Andre Fleury got the call in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. It was his first appearance in the crease since Mar. 31. Matt Murray has been superb while leading the Penguins to the Eastern Conference Final, so it makes sense to give him the start with the team facing elimination. Stay tuned.
May 23 - 12:30 PM

Jake Guentzel has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with Pittsburgh.

He finished the 2015-16 campaign with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, where he earned six points in 11 games as well as 14 points in 10 playoff contests. Prior to that, he notched 19 goals and 46 points in 35 games with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The 21-year-old forward was selected in the third round (77th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by Pittsburgh.
May 23 - 11:30 AM

Evgeni Malkin stretched his point streak to three straight games on Sunday night.

He had an assist on a goal by Chris Kunitz late in the second period. Malkin has one goal and two helpers during his scoring spree after going scoreless in six consecutive games previously. The Penguins couldn't hold their lead and lost 4-3 to Tampa Bay in overtime. The Lightning have a 3-2 series lead and Malkin will need to be factor again if Pittsburgh is going to force Game 7.
May 23 - 8:44 AM

Bryan Rust collected an assist in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He helped set up Brian Dumoulin's opening goal of the match in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. Rust has two goals and five points in 15 postseason appearances. He skated with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz for most of Sunday's game.
May 23 - 8:36 AM

Patric Hornqvist netted his seventh goal of the postseason in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

He gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but the resilient Lightning came back. Hornqvist snapped a three-game scoring skid and now has 10 points in 16 playoff contests.
May 23 - 8:32 AM


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