Avalanche defeat Penguins, clinch playoff berth

PITTSBURGH — The Colorado Avalanche clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 6-4 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, Mikko Rantanen had two assists to reach 400 points in his 400th NHL game, and JT Compher and Darren Helm Each had a goal … Read more

Avalanche defeat Penguins, on verge of clinching playoff berth

DENVER — Devon Toews scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:26 remaining in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 at Ball Arena on Saturday. Mike Mathison tied it 2-2 for the Penguins at 15:07 of the third period when he shot past Darcy Kuember from the bottom of the right … Read more

Malkin, Penguins end Wild’s winning streak at seven

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Evgeni Malkin scored at 3:57 of overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended the Minnesota Wild’s seven-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday. Malkin jammed in his own rebound at the right post after Cam Talbot made the initial save. Rickard Rakell scored two goals for … Read more

Penguins, Avalanche players to watch debated ahead of game Saturday

There will be no shortage of elite, attention-grabbing players on the ice when the Colorado Avalanche host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ball Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; ABC, ESPN+, SN, SN1, NHL LIVE). The Avalanche (48-14-6) are the first team in the NHL to reach 100 points this season and are in the lead … Read more

Chris Kreider nears franchise milestone due to Rangers heroics

DETROIT — Maybe the Penguins’ television broadcast had the right idea with its comical three keys to beating the Rangers on Tuesday night: Get under Chris Kreider’s stick Box out Kreider Watch Kreider Spoiler: It didn’t work. Kreider scored the game-winner in the Rangers’ 3-2 victory after hanging around the home team’s net, taking a … Read more

Super 16: Avalanche No. 1, Rangers move into top five of power rankings

The Rangers are No. 5 this week; they were No. 4 on Jan. 6. New York was as high as No. 2 on Dec. 9. The Pittsburgh Penguins fell two spots to No. 7. The same 16 teams are ranked for a third consecutive week, with the Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 for a 10th … Read more

Rangers defeat Penguins, move into second in Metropolitan

PITTSBURGH — Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, and the New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second time in five days, 3-2 at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. Kreider has scored 45 goals this season. His previous career high was 28. “It was an intense game,” Kreider said. “All the … Read more

Evgeni Malkin, ‘a generational talent,’ scores three goals, leads Pittsburgh Penguins to 11-2 romp

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan has spent the last five months raising his team’s resilience, so the longtime Pittsburgh Penguins coach expected a “spirited” response after watching his club get pushed around by the New York Rangers on Friday night. What Sullivan got Sunday against Detroit wasn’t resilience so much as dominance — the kind that … Read more

NHL playoff watch standings update

8:00 AM ET Tim KavanaghESPN.com Close Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. Following a wild, 10-game slate on Saturday, the NHL schedule-makers provide another eight matchups for us on Sunday. Leading the way are a pair of intradivisional clash: the Colorado Avalanche visit the Minnesota … Read more

Pluses, minuses for Penguins-Sabres; Blackhawks-Ducks

NHL Network and ESPN analyst Kevin Weekes will offer his pluses and minuses for big games each week throughout the season. The Pittsburgh Penguins (39-16-9) visit the Buffalo Sabres (22-33-8) at KeyBank Center on Wednesday (7:30 pm ET; TNT, NHL LIVE). Then the Chicago Blackhawks (22-32-9) visit the Anaheim Ducks (27-27-11) at Honda Center (10 … Read more