Strasburg leads Nationals over Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates had been unbeatable this season when they took a lead into the ninth inning.
That changed Saturday because of the unlikeliest of double steals.
Burnett wins third straight
The Washington Nationals’ hitters spent a lot more time Friday night walking slowly back to the dugout than running the bases, striking out a total of 14 times.
Islanders regroup, knot series
Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, evening their playoffs series at one game each.
Islanders rattled by Penguins' intensity
Budding New York Islanders star John Tavares anticipated the open space he found so easily during the regular season to be whittled away by the Pittsburgh Penguins in their opening-round playoff series.
He never thought it would disappear entirely.
NHL Rookies proving their value
A year ago, Brandon Saad was just a footnote when he made his postseason debut for Chicago against the Phoenix Coyotes. He skated for just over 10 minutes in two games and picked up his first career NHL point on an assist, but the Blackhawks were eliminated in the first round.
This season, the 20-year-old Pittsburgh native is skating on the same line as Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. He is one of several rookies playing an important role for contending teams in the playoffs.
Penguins blank Islanders in playoff opener
Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
Beau Bennett, Kris Letang and Tanner Glass also scored for the Penguins, who had no trouble against the upstart Islanders even with star Sidney Crosby sidelined by a broken jaw. Pittsburgh hardly needed its captain to continue its mastery of the Islanders, who made their first playoff appearance since 2007.
Marte’s home run highlights Pirates’ win
Clint Hurdle insisted the Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t thinking about their long losing streak against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Starling Marte hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Brandon Inge had a go-ahead RBI single to rally Pittsburgh to a 6-4 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday, snapping the Pirates’ nine-game skid to the Brewers.
Penguins feeling confident about facing Islanders
The most dynamic player in the world is questionable with a broken jaw. The reigning NHL MVP is coming off an injury plagued and subpar – by his standards – regular season.
The goaltender and his wife are dealing with a newborn baby. The sniper who scored a career-high 40 goals a year ago is barely three weeks removed from a concussion. The rock the defense is built around is out with a lower body injury. The foursome acquired at the trade deadline still have no idea where they’re going when they hop in a car and try to find their way around the city.
Brewers blast Bucs in home-run derby
Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit one of five home runs for Milwaukee, which went back-to-back twice in a 10-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Gallardo also tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, retiring his final 13 batters while improving to 10-2 against Pittsburgh. He and Norichika Aoki hit consecutive homers in the fourth before Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt repeated the feat in the fifth.
Shutout win over Cardinals puts Pirates in first place
It was a milestone day for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who took the NL Central lead for the first time since last July and reached 15 wins in April for the first time since 1992.
Manager Clint Hurdle thought his 700th career victory was a footnote at best, considering he has 808 losses. Players gave him a toast all the same.
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