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Pittsburgh Penguins now living the hard hockey life when it comes to goalies

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Marc-Andre Fleury isn’t coming through the door. Matt Murray isn’t waiting in the wings. And life is a lot different these days for the Penguins. Life is going get hard, too. At least life won’t be any harder for the Penguins than it is every other hockey club trying to claim the Stanley Cup. But […]

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Matt Murray is the goalie of Pittsburgh hockey present and future

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At this particular point in the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators had scored on 12 of 122 shots. To hear them then, the Music City’s hockey heroes felt fairly confident they were dispelling the legend of Matt Murray. As he had made a habit when it comes to discs of cold, vulcanized rubber, Murray […]

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Pittsburgh’s three great hockey storytellers are irreplaceable

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The great days for hockey won’t be as good. The hockey nights in Pittsburgh won’t be the same. And that’s not a slight against anybody. But nobody in the Pittsburgh media will ever mean more to hockey than Mike Lange, Paul Steigerwald and Dave Molinari. I’m lucky. I call them “Mikey,” “Steigey” and “Davey,” which […]

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Do better, Derrick Pouliot!

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At the end of his past two hockey seasons, this member of the Pittsburgh Penguins was able to raise the Stanley Cup. So to take it easy in early September would be understandable, especially during an optional on-ice workout occurring a week before the beginning of training camp. Instead, this particular Penguin pushed the pace. […]

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Full-time Gonchar a big-time win for Penguins

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Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin really are lucky. They’re lucky that Sergei Gonchar is too good to be true. Gonchar has agreed to join Mike Sullivan’s coaching staff with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They made the announcement official on Wednesday. The addition of Gonchar is a considerable coup for Sullivan, who had parted with two holdovers […]

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Fleury a flower forever rooted in Pittsburgh

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Ours was a special… uh, not sure what to call it, actually. Maybe I will by the time I’m done saying goodbye to Marc-Andre Fleury. — You offered me the house. I would rather have the hat. And, yeah, I know what you’re probably thinking: “Oh, RobRossi, you’re not so good with germs, and I’ve […]

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Sidney Crosby poised to become Pittsburgh’s greatest athlete

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In our City of Champions, which can claim one of football’s most famous dynasties and one of baseball’s most iconic players, the largest shadow cast is by a hockey player who has been a better Pittsburgher than he was a Penguin. And that distinction says all anybody ever needs to know about the magnificent Mario […]

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Evgeni Malkin’s friendly secret weapon

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The leading scorer of these Stanley Cup playoffs has a secret weapon. And from the day he set foot on North American soil almost 12 years ago, Evgeni Malkin could take comfort in knowing that by his side was Gennady Ushakov… from Russia with love. Depending on the moment, Ushakov played a variety of roles […]

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James Neal: his words

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James Neal is trying to do what a few of his former Pittsburgh Penguins teammates have done a couple of times: win the Stanley Cup. Before his first appearance in the Cup Final with the Nashville Predators, Neal authored this piece about what going dancing with Lord Stanley means to him. I come from a […]

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Return to form, not a comeback, needed from Malkin

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A benefit of the Penguins opening their Stanley Cup defense Wednesday is the opportunity for everybody to quickly assess whether or not our time is about to be wasted. Confused? To put it another way: we’ll know soon enough about Evgeni Malkin. Might be enough for him to play in Game 1 of an opening-round […]

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Shooting it: Marc-Andre Fleury

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The Pittsburgh Penguins’ run for a Stanley Cup repeat might be goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s last ride with his original NHL franchise. All the more reason to catch up with him on the eve of an opening-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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10 of the best places to bike in the Pittsburgh area

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As the calendar flips to spring, outdoor enthusiasts look to hit streets, sidewalks and trails with their bicycles. (Never mind the fact that many of these bikes will make only one public appearance in a year.) The Steel City is still establishing a reputation as a biker metropolis, ranking second to Detroit with the number […]

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