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Saturday July 26 2014
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Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen departed for Washington, but the Penguins added defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, goaltender Thomas Greiss and forwards Steve Downie and Blake Comeau—and re-signed winger Marcel Goc—as NHL free agency got off to a fast start.

Orpik and Niskanen were joined by fellow blue-liner Deryk Engelland and three forwards—Jussi Jokenin, Tanner Glass, Joe Vitale—who all signed elsewhere on a busy opening day.

07/01/2014 - 17:30
Tony DeFazio
Acquire forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling from Nashville Predators

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling from the Nashville Predators in exchange for James Neal, it was announced by executive vice president and general...

06/27/2014 - 21:21
PSR Staff
The NHL handed out their annual awards at the end of June, and the Penguins' Sidney Crosby captured a hat trick, securing the Hart Trophy (MVP), Art Ross Trophy (scoring champ) and the Ted Lindsay Award (MVP as voted by the players).

The Pittsburgh Sports Report, of course, handed out our own awards for the 2013-14 season. PSR nailed all but one.

 

06/26/2014 - 18:44
Andrew Choynowski
Sidney Crosby evades the question as adeptly as he splits a pair of defensemen on an end-to-end rush. How is it possible that the most supremely talented hockey player on the planet for the better part of the last decade had won the Hart Trophy, given annually to the league’s most valuable player, just once prior to this year’s NHL Awards?

The question is guaranteed to stir up spirited debate. Just don’t ask Crosby. All you’ll get is a half-smirk and a call for “next question, please.”

06/25/2014 - 15:51
Matt Jacobs
Mike Johnston, whose long coaching resume includes eight seasons as an assistant/associate coach in the National Hockey League, has been named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Johnston, 57, was assistant/associate coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 1999-2006 and associate coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-08.

06/25/2014 - 12:47
PSR Staff
Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves as the Rangers stayed alive with a 2-1 win over the Kings at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

After beating the Rangers twice in overtime and winning another by shut-out, it was finally the Kings’ turn to lose a heart-breaker.

06/11/2014 - 23:13
Geoff Pfeil
Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards scored to lead the LA Kings over the Rangers 3-0 as the Kings took a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

It was the first time Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick played at Madison Square Garden, and it’s safe to say he felt comfortable as he made 32 saves and shut out the Rangers on their home ice.

06/09/2014 - 21:59
Andrew Choynowski
Dustin Brown scored on a tip-in midway through the second overtime and the LA Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Rangers 5-4 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

After witnessing a bone-jarring 1st period of hockey and following a pair of LA Kings leave the bench to be attended to by trainers, play-by-play commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick reminded...

06/07/2014 - 23:02
Samuel Fatula
Western Pennsylvania continued its relative assault on the NHL in 2013-14. Two youngsters made their debuts, joining a small group of rising stars and established veterans already sailing through the league. Let’s catch up with Pittsburgh’s Puck-Movers.

Brandon Saad, LW, Chicago: Saad attended Pine-Richland High School before being drafted 43rd overall by the Blackhawks in 2011.

06/06/2014 - 14:54
Andrew Choynowski
Jim Rutherford has been hired as new GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dan Bylsma has been relieved of his duties as head coach.

Rutherford, 65, was general manager of the Carolina/Hartford franchise for 20 years and led the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.

06/06/2014 - 13:06
PSR Staff
I was in a minor league press box in Charlotte, NC, last month, taking in one of Gregory Polanco’s final triple-A games. A colleague, upon learning I was from Pittsburgh, approached me with a question.
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Quick. Fill in the blank: The Steelers’ current receiving corps is (fill in the blank). Deep? Bottom-heavy? Talented yet unproven?
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Steve Blass was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1960 and made his major league debut in 1964. From 1968 through 1972, Blass was one of the National League’s best pitchers.
Feature ThreeNorth Shore Notes
It’s an odd thought for Sterling Jenkins. It’s still a year away, but after he finishes his senior year at Baldwin High School, he’ll be playing college football at Penn State.
Feature FourHigh SchoolPenn State
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In Dr. Pat Farabaugh’s book “An Unbreakable Bond,” he tells the unedited story of Pittsburgh native and St. Francis (PA) grad Maurice Stokes and his NBA teammate, fellow Pittsburgher Jack Twyman.
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When Pittsburgh canine officer Rocco died in the line of duty in January, Chris Benson of Benstonium.com created a design to pay tribute to the fallen officer. When The Black N Gold Girls shared his design on Facebook, their followers decided to help.
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The NHL handed out their annual awards at the end of June, and the Penguins' Sidney Crosby captured a hat trick, securing the Hart Trophy (MVP), Art Ross Trophy (scoring champ) and the Ted Lindsay Award (MVP as voted by the players).
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Pittsburgh is city full of sports heroes and legendary figures. The list of Pittsburgh sports legends is long, but it begins with the following four men.
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