Pens top Jets, win Metropolitan
Paul Martin returned after an 18-game absence and scored the game-winner to help the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Winnipeg Jets from playoff contention with a 4-2 victory Thursday night.
Martin, who was out because of a broken hand, made it 3-2 for the Penguins 11 seconds into a power-play at 7:42 of the third period.
Worth the wait — Sanchez, Pirates beat Cubs in 16 innings
Lengthy games don't bother Tony Sanchez. He played in the longest game in NCAA tournament history while at Boston College in 2009, the Eagles losing in 25 innings to Texas.
’Canes down Pens
Carolina rookie Elias Lindholm scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career and the Hurricanes dominated the listless Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Eric Staal and Justin Faulk also scored for Carolina while Jeff Skinner added two assists. Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots as the Hurricanes avoided being swept in the season series by Pittsburgh for the first time in 18 years.
Reaction to Bonds mixed at Pirates opener
Barry Bonds spent a portion of Monday morning driving around Pittsburgh, marveling at the changes he’s seen in the city since baseball’s career home run king bolted for San Francisco more than two decades ago.
He drove by his old apartment in the western suburbs and the reconfigured North Shore, where Three Rivers Stadium has been replaced by sparkling PNC Park.
SHAWN CURTIS | Pirates win has familiar feel
As much as all the fuzzy feelings of the 2013 season came to an end when Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano fired a first-pitch strike to Emilio Bonifacio at 1:14 p.m. on Monday afternoon at PNC Park, the 1-0 win took the shape that many Pittsburgh wins did a season ago.
Pirates Notebook| Cubs first to try out new replay
Add “first use of the new replay challenge system” to the list of Major League Baseball firsts to happen in Pittsburgh.
The new system’s debut, which happened in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday at PNC Park, had an innocent enough start when a sacrifice-bunt attempt by Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija with no outs in the fifth was fielded by Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano.
Walker’s 10th-inning blast brings victory for Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker understands not everybody is going to be a fan of Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system, which threatens to slow down a sport that already struggles to be played with any sort of urgency.
Funny, there weren’t many critics to be found on Monday at PNC Park.
Leyland, Bonds will help Pirates kick off new season
The family reunion will be short. Whether it will be sweet hardly matters. At last, the wounds of 21 years of futility have finally started to heal.
One magical summer took care of all that.
Crosby scores two goals as Pens beat Blackhawks
Sidney Crosby had two goals in the final five minutes, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the injury-riddled Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
Already playing without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks lost captain Jonathan Toews to an upper-body injury in the second period.
Toews was hit hard by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and was holding his left arm on the bench before heading down the runway.
Pirates-Phillies exhibition washed out
Six years removed from the second championship in franchise history, the Philadelphia Phillies enter 2014 maintaining high hopes in spite of an aging roster and sagging expectations.
A season after ending a 21-year playoff drought, the Pittsburgh Pirates also are looking forward to a bright season.
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