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Rutherford, Johnston returning for Penguins: report

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 3:30 PM / News

General manager Jim Rutherford and coach Mike Johnston will return for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015-16, CEO David Morehouse told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Saturday.

The Penguins did not secure a place in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs until the final day of the regular season, then lost to the New York Rangers in an Eastern Conference First Round series in five games.

"I know there's been a lot of speculation out there, but [co-owners] Ron [Burkle] and Mario [Lemieux] never once considered a change," Morehouse told Jason Mackey of the Tribune-Review. "Jim Rutherford's our general manager, and Mike Johnston's our coach."

Five reasons Penguins were eliminated from playoffs

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 11:20 AM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

After earning a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the final day of the regular season, the Pittsburgh Penguins' stay was cut short. Pittsburgh struggled in the final two weeks leading into its Eastern Conference First Round Series against the New York Rangers and carried a bulk of its issues into the postseason.

The Penguins did play competitively in their five playoff games, each decided by one goal.

With a few adjustments, Pittsburgh might have upset the Presidents' Trophy winners. Instead, the Penguins lost a second playoff series to the Rangers for the second straight season.

Here are five reasons the Penguins were eliminated:

Jagr named to Czech Republic roster for 2015 Worlds

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 10:54 AM / News

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr is part of the Czech Republic roster for the 2015 IIHF World Championship set to take place in Prague and Ostrava beginning May 1, according to a release on the IIHF website.

Jagr, who earlier this month signed a one-year contract with the Panthers for the 2015-16 season, had 17 goals and 47 points in 77 games for the New Jersey Devils and Panthers in his 21st NHL season.

Five reasons Rangers advanced to second round

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 9:32 AM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers did what they were expected to do in the Eastern Conference First Round, which was advance against the Pittsburgh Penguins with little adversity.

That doesn't mean it was easy to eliminate the Penguins in five games. The Rangers won four games each by a 2-1 score and all five games were decided by one goal.

Here are five reasons the Rangers advanced to the second round:

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Friday, April 24

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 1:51 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Public Relations


Carl Hagelin scored at 10:52 of overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a Game 5 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins and into the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The Rangers clinched a series in overtime for the first time since May 11, 1997 (Game 5 of ESF at the New Jersey Devils; GWG: Adam Graves). The last time they accomplished that feat at Madison Square Garden was May 27, 1994 (Game 7 of EF vs. New Jersey; GWG: Stephane Matteau). Via Elias, New York has clinched 10 all-time series in overtime -- three on home ice.

* Hagelin has scored each of his playoff game-winning goals against the Penguins. He also had the decisive goal in Game 6 of their second-round matchup last year, when the Rangers erased a 3-1 series deficit en route to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

Fleury's heroics not enough to save Penguins

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 12:47 AM / Rangers vs Penguins - 2015 SCP First Round

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury did everything he could to help the Pittsburgh Penguins extend their season against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

As he did throughout the series, Fleury again proved to be quite the obstacle for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers, who averaged 3.02 goals per game during the regular season, third in the NHL.

Fleury was rock-solid in each game. But that wasn't enough to overcome his team's offensive shortcomings in the five-game series loss to the Rangers, capped by a 2-1 overtime defeat on Friday. Fleury allowed two goals in four of the five games, including the last two, each of which the Penguins lost in overtime.

Pressure shifting to Canadiens after two losses

Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 12:17 AM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was calmly answering questions about their predicament following a second consecutive loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday in their Eastern Conference First Round series.

The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 but have scored one goal on 74 shots in the two losses and three times on 123 shots in the three games since goaltender Craig Anderson took over for Andrew Hammond.

Subban did not seem overly concerned.

"It takes a lot to make me uncomfortable," he said. "You'd have to put some bugs, insects in my underpants to make me uncomfortable."

As Subban continued speaking, goaltender Carey Price was talking to the media in another corner of the Canadiens dressing room.

Rangers' Zuccarello leaves Game 5 with injury

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 10:36 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello did not return to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Friday after he sustained an apparent upper-body injury late in the first period.

Zuccarello was jockeying for position in front of Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury when he was hit on the left side of his helmet on a shot by New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

Starting time set for Blues-Wild Game 6

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 10:26 PM / Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced that the starting time of Game 6 of the series between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild has been set for 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT in Minnesota on Sunday, April 26.

Blues scratch forward Lehtera for Game 5 vs. Wild

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 9:31 PM / Blues vs Wild - 2015 SCP First Round

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera was scratched for Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Lehtera did not participate in the morning skate because of a lower-body injury that he sustained midway through the third period of Game 4 on Wednesday. He was hit on the right leg with a power-play shot by teammate Jay Bouwmeester and didn't return.

Marcel Goc took Lehtera's spot in the lineup after being a healthy scratch Wednesday. Paul Stastny moved up and centered a line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, and Goc played between Dmitrij Jaskin and Patrik Berglund.

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