Pens Murray nearing return from concussion !!!!

Penguins goaltender Murray nearing return from concussion
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is nearing a return from a concussion that’s sidelined him for two weeks.
Murray faced shots Tuesday before the rest of the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions took the ice. Murray hasn’t played since sustaining the concussion after taking a shot to the facemask in practice late last month.
Coach Mike Sullivan says the team is “encouraged” by Murray’s progress. Sullivan added he expects Murray to travel with the Penguins when they begin a three-game road trip against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. The Penguins are 4-3 since Murray went down and trail first-place Washington by one point in the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Penguins forward Bryan Rust, who has missed the last two games while dealing with a concussion, has been cleared for contact and could join his teammates on the road swing.
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Pro Sports Scores & Schedule: March 6, 2018


Monday’s Scores
Pittsburgh 4, Calgary 3 (OT)
Ottawa 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
Buffalo 5, Toronto 3
Vancouver 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT)
Edmonton 4, Arizona 3 (OT)

Winnipeg at NY Rangers
Detroit at Boston
Vegas at Columbus
Montreal at New Jersey

Florida at Tampa Bay

Carolina at Minnesota
Dallas at Nashville

Colorado at Chicago

Washington at Anaheim

MLB Spring Training

Monday’s Scores
Atlanta 7, Pittsburgh 5
Philadelphia 4, Minnesota 3
St. Louis 2, Washington 1
Houston 5, Miami 3
NY Mets 4, Detroit 2
Texas 5, San Francisco 4
Chi. White Sox 9, Oakland 9
LA Dodgers 8, Cleveland 1
Arizona 10, San Diego 3
LA Angels 7, Cincinnati 5
Chi. Cubs 5, Colorado 4

Houston (SS) at Washington
Baltimore at Minnesota
NY Yankees at Detroit
Boston at Tampa Bay
St. Louis at Miami

Atlanta at Toronto

Houston (SS) at NY Mets

LA Dodgers at Chi. Cubs
Texas at Oakland
Milwaukee at Chi. White Sox
Cleveland at Cincinnati

LA Angels at Arizona

San Diego at Kansas City

Colorado at Seattle


Monday’s Scores
Cleveland 112, Detroit 90
Boston 105, Chicago 89
Indiana 92, Milwaukee 89
Miami 125, Phoenix 103
San Antonio 100, Memphis 98
Portland 108, LA Lakers 103
Utah 94, Orlando 80

Atlanta at Toronto
Miami at Washington
Philadelphia at Charlotte

Houston at Oklahoma City

Denver at Dallas

New York at Portland

New Orleans at LA Clippers
Brooklyn at Golden State

Schultz’s OT goal lifts Penguins past Flames 4-3

Schultz’s OT goal lifts Penguins past Flames 4-3
By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justin Schultz took a pass from Phil Kessel and buried it in the wide-open net 2:36 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
Tristan Jarry made several key stops for the Penguins early in the extra period, and Schultz’s fourth goal of the season helped Pittsburgh improve to 10-1 in overtime at home this season.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 37th goal for the Penguins and added an assist. Kris Letang and Chad Ruhwedel also scored for Pittsburgh. Jarry finished with 35 saves as the Penguins pulled within one point of Washington for first in the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Mark Giordano, Mikael Backlund and Troy Brouwer scored for the Flames, who outplayed the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions for long stretches before dropping their fourth straight. Jon Gillies stopped 28 shots but had no chance when Kessel slid a cross-ice pass to a wide-open Schultz.
The Penguins had dropped five straight to the Flames, including a 2-1 overtime loss in Calgary in November. They Penguins have turned it around in the interim and wasted little time sprinting to a 2-0 lead. Ruhwedel collected his first goal since Dec. 18 on a knuckler from the point 2:10 into the game, and Malkin doubled Pittsburgh’s advantage 55 seconds later when teammate Bryan Rust forced a turnover by Gillies behind the Calgary net. Malkin collected the puck and flipped it across the goal line before Gillies could scramble back into position.
The Flames, in the middle of their own fight to stay in the Western Conference playoff mix, responded immediately.
Giordano took advantage of extended zone time by sending a puck through traffic by Jarry 6:14 into the first, and Backlund’s 13th of the season came at the end of a gorgeous sequence in which he deked Penguins star defenseman Kris Letang and walked to the net before flipping a backhand by the sprawled Jarry.
Letang atoned eventually with a wrist shot off the rush from the right circle that ripped over Gillies’ right shoulder with 2:59 left in regulation. Calgary responded again, with T.J. Brodie slipping a pass between Ruhwedel’s legs to Brouwer’s awaiting stick. Brouwer had no trouble sending it by Jarry to tie it with 2 seconds left in the period.
NOTES: Penguins G Matt Murray skated on Monday morning but remains out indefinitely while dealing with a concussion sustained last week. … Several Penguins used rainbow-colored Pride tape on their sticks during warmups. The sticks will be auctioned by the team’s foundations, with the proceeds going to the “You Can Play” organization, which promotes inclusion in all sports for LGBTQ athletes. … Calgary scratched Fs Tanner Glass, Chris Stewart and Nick Short as well as D Matt Bartkowski. … The Penguins scratched D Matt Hunwick, Fs Carter Rowney and Zach Aston-Reese and Murray. … Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play. … Pittsburgh is 13-1 in its last 14 games at PPG Paints Arena.
Flames: Continue their three-game trip in Buffalo on Wednesday.
Penguins: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday. Pittsburgh leads the season series 2-0 over its Metropolitan Division rival.
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Crosby scores in OT, Penguins slip by Islanders 3-2

Crosby scores in OT, Penguins slip by Islanders 3-2
By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby let one chance to bury the New York Islanders slip away. The Pittsburgh Penguins star wasn’t about to let it happen twice.
Crosby finished off a 2-on-1 by sneaking a wrist shot past Chris Gibson 3:48 into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win Saturday. Pittsburgh’s captain failed to convert on a rush moments earlier, but an outlet pass by Justin Schultz freed up Crosby once again.
This time he faked a pass to Conor Sheary and instead beat Gibson between the legs as the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions snapped a three-game losing streak.
“Thought I had a good opportunity to shoot and missed one right before that so glad to see it go in,” Crosby said after picking up his 22nd goal of the season.
Derick Brassard’s first goal with Pittsburgh tied it with less than nine minutes to go in regulation. Patric Hornqvist added his 18th goal of the season for the Penguins. Phil Kessel picked up two assists to become the sixth American-born player to reach 400 career assists. Tristan Jarry overcame a comically ugly start to finish with 25 saves.
Jarry’s night began by giving up a goal to New York’s Brandon Davidson just 1:11 into the game. Davidson flipped a slow backhand from outside the right circle only to see it go into the net when Jarry tripped and fell backward to the ice .
“It was a little easier when I came back to the bench and seen 90 percent of the guys laughing at me,” Jarry said. “It’s a tough thing to swallow but I’m glad we won.”
Anders Lee put New York up 4:59 into the third period when his shot caromed off Pittsburgh defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and over the goal line for his team-leading 31st. Gibson, making his first start in nearly two years, almost made it stand up. He finished with 47 saves in all but let Brassard jam one by him with 8:31 left in regulation to tie it and he was no match for Crosby late. The Islanders have dropped six straight.
Making just his fifth NHL start and first since April 10, 2016, Gibson spent most of the night trying to make up for lost time. The Penguins peppered the New York net for long stretches, often looking like they were on the power play despite being at even strength. Asked if he could remember the last time he faced 50 shots at any level, Gibson just shook his head.
“To be honest, I can’t but it was great,” Gibson said. “I loved every single second of it. I’m really happy with my game except that last goal and the loss there.”
The Penguins were coming off an ugly 8-4 setback in Boston on Thursday night, one that extended their losing streak to three and blunted their recent surge toward the top of the Metropolitan Division. Coach Mike Sullivan, rarely hesitant to shake things up during even the slightest of downturns, opted for minor tweaks instead of major ones.
Pittsburgh called up forward Dominik Simon and put him on the third line and Sullivan mixed up the bottom two defensive pairings, including giving Chad Ruhwedel his first start since Dec. 27. The result was better play in front of Jarry. After giving up 17 goals during the losing streak, Pittsburgh surrendered just the two flukish goals and Jarry collected himself after the bumpy start.
The penalty kill was sharp at the beginning of overtime, giving Crosby a chance to win it.
“The last two games I struggled a little bit and I didn’t think my game was where I wanted it to be at,” Jarry said. “I thought tonight was a good bounce back performance for me and I think it’s something I can grow on.”
NOTES: Pittsburgh G Matt Murray missed his third straight game since getting a concussion in practice Wednesday. … Pittsburgh scratched D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney and C Zach Aston-Reese. … New York scratched Ds Dennis Seidenberg and Sebastian Aho and F Ross Johnston. … The Islanders went 0 for 2 on the power play. The Penguins were 1 for 2. … Pittsburgh is 7-1-1 in its last nine games against New York.
Islanders: Begin swing through Western Canada on Monday in Vancouver.
Penguins: Host Calgary on Monday.
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