Crosby extends point streak to 16 games, Penguins rout Devils


The Penguins dominated from the drop of the puck and routed the New Jersey Devils 6-1 Wednesday night at Mellon Arena to move within six points of the¬† Devils for first place in the Atlantic division. Sidney Crosby (30) and Chris Kunitz (23) each had a goal, assist and Marc Andre Fleury made 24 saves to move to 12-1-1 in his last 14 games. Matt Cooke (11), Bill Guerin (20), Evgeni Malkin (34) and Jordan Staal (21) also scored for the Penguins. Brian Gionta (19) was the lone goal scorer for the Devils who have now lost six straight games. Post-Game Analysis: Are the Penguins the best team in the Eastern Conference? Three weeks ago the Devils were viewed as the worst possible matchup for the Penguins in a playoff series. With the Devils in the midst of a six game losing streak, that‚Äôs not the case anymore. The DevilsRead More »

Tyler Bozak sweepstakes down to Av’s, Isles, Sens, Leafs & “mystery team”


As of late Wednesday night, University of Denver Bozak was considering five teams according to a source close to Bozak: The New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche are the four main teams who remain in talks with Bozak. Bozak informed the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday night that he would not be signing with them according to the Columbus Dispatch. The Jackets were in Bozak’s top 6. There is still believed to be one more team that is being described as a “wildcard” that Bozak is still considering. A team official with the Penguins told me late Wednesday afternoon that the Penguins and Wade Arnott

Source:Texas Tech guard Louis Vasquez to visit Steelers on April 7th


Steelers to host Offensive Linemen over the next two weeks The Pittsburgh Steelers are entertaining Oklahoma tackle Phil Loadholt today. Loadholt, 6-8, 338 lbs played left tackle at Oklahoma but is projected to be a right tackle in the NFL. Loadholt is seen as a third round selection. The Steelers will be busy next week as the team will workout Louisville center Eric Wood on Monday. The team will also host

Morning Skate Update; Elias misses morning skate, out for tonight’s game


New Jersey Devils (47-25-4-98) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (41-27-8-90) The Penguins entertain the New Jersey Devils tonight in what may be a preview of a first round matchup between the two division rivals. If the playoffs started today, the Penguins and Devils would faceoff against each other. The Devils currently lead the season series 3-2. There will only be one lineup change from the Penguins. In the morning skate forward

Pirates make eight cuts, Karstens chosen as fifth starter


The Pittsburgh Pirates made eight cuts this morning, demoting right-handers Denny Bautista, Chris Bootcheck and Jason Davis, infielder Andy Phillips, catcher Eric Kratz, first baseman Garrett Jones, and outfielder Jeff Salazar. The battle for the 5th starter job is also over for now. Jeff Karstens will begin the season as the team’s fifth starter. Karstens was battling right-hander Virgil Vasquez who was also optioned to Indianapolis this morning. What remains to be seen is how long Karstens will be the Pirates 5th starter. The team remains in talks with

The Latest Pirates Buzz


Pirates targeting Niemann, inquire about Hammel The Pirates continue to “kick the tires” on Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann. They are currently waiting for the asking price to drop. The Rays are asking for an infield prospect along with prospect Robbie Grossman. The Pirates have no interest in moving Grossman. The Rays are looking at Pirates prospects from the Double-A level down. The Pirates have had significant interest in Niemann since last summer’s trade deadline when the Rays offered Niemann and a lower tier prospect for Jason Bay. The 6-foot-9 Niemann went 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in five games, two starts last season. Niemann, 26, was the Rays‚Äô first-round pick in the 2004, the fourth overall selection, and he is currently out of options. The Pirates had a scout in attendance for Niemann’s minor league start on Monday. Niemann tossed six scoreless innings. The Pirates have also inquired about RaysRead More »