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Letang looks to regain form for Penguins next season

Defenseman seeks reset after battling inconsistency, conditioning in return from neck surgery

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Kris Letang doesn't need to be told he had a disappointing season. He'll tell himself.

"At the end of the day, it is what it is. I have to be better," the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman said. "I don't even have to hear about it. I know when I played well. I know when I don't and when I made mistakes."

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NHL Insider

Penguins will make some changes, GM says

Rutherford plans to retool roster for 'different looking team' next season in wake of second-round loss

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will not look the same next season, general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday.

After the Penguins failed to win a third straight Stanley Cup championship by losing to the Washington Capitals in six games in the Eastern Conference Second Round, Rutherford said change is inevitable. The core will remain intact, but after attempting to keep the roster stable the previous two seasons, he wants to upgrade this offseason.

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The Buzz

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Penguins insist they'll make another Cup run

Jets, Predators get ready for Game 7; Capitals coach reaches conference final for first time

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Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the 2018 NHL postseason. There were two games Monday, including one that saw the end of the Pittsburgh Penguins' bid for a third straight Stanley Cup championship.  

 

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Round 2

Penguins look to future after three-peat bid ended by Capitals

Deep, talented core expects to have more opportunities to win

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- When the Pittsburgh Penguins talked Monday, their thoughts and words were on the present.

Their hopes of winning the Stanley Cup for a third consecutive season ended when they lost to the Washington Capitals 2-1 in overtime in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, and that was the immediate focal point.

Their current run of playoff success is over, but their chances to keep winning in the future aren't.

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Round 2

Penguins doomed by lack of depth in second round

Failure to finish, Murray's struggles help end Pittsburgh dream of Stanley Cup three-peat

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' quest for a third straight Stanley Cup championship ended Monday.

The Penguins lost 2-1 in overtime to the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at PPG Paints Arena, their first loss in a Stanley Cup Playoff series since hiring coach Mike Sullivan on Dec. 12, 2015.

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NHL Insider

Penguins' bid for three-peat ends against Capitals

Eliminated after OT loss in Game 6 of second-round series

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins aren't used to this.

They were the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion, had won nine straight series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and felt they had the right combination to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup, something no NHL team has done since the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980-83. 

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playoffs

Murray 'empty' after Penguins eliminated by Capitals

Goaltender loses first playoff series of NHL career

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Matt Murray sat at his locker, still in his pads, staring across the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room on Monday.

As his teammates filtered out, several stopped to give the 23-year-old goaltender a tap on the shoulder or a fist bump. He had just allowed a goal to forward Evgeny Kuznetsov at 5:27 of overtime in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round that sent the Washington Capitals to the conference final and the Penguins to the offseason.

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game recap

Capitals defeat Penguins in Game 6, advance to Eastern Conference Final

Kuznetsov scores at 5:27 of OT for Washington, which will play Lightning next

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Evgeny Kuznetsov scored at 5:27 of overtime, and the Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Final with a 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the second round at PPG Paints Arena on Monday.

Alex Ovechkin passed to Kuznetsov, who split the defense before beating goaltender Matt Murray five-hole on a breakaway. Kuznetsov had four points (two goals, two assists) in the past two games.

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game preview

5 Keys: Capitals at Penguins, Game 6

Backstrom game-time decision for Washington; Pittsburgh needs win to extend three-peat hopes

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

CAPITALS at PENGUINS

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, SN

Capitals lead best-of-7 series 3-2

 

PITTSBURGH -- The Washington Capitals could advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 1998 and eliminate the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a win in Game 6 of the second round at PPG Paints Arena on Monday.

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Round 2

Penguins confident facing elimination in Game 6 against Capitals

Coach says two-time defending Cup champs must learn from mistakes to extend season

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Mike Sullivan liked the Pittsburgh Penguins' effort in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals.

The result was another story.

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