Penguins, Cup visit Pirates: ‘We Are Fam-a-lee’

Malkin kisses the Cup

A third Stanley Cup championship puts Evgeni Malkin in select company among his countrymen

Evgeni Malkin makes case as greatest Russian-born player in NHL history, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Penguins visit White House w Obama

Penguins president David Morehouse: ‘The Pittsburgh Penguins would never turn down a visit to the White House and, if invited, we would go as a team’

In the Penguins notebook, Bombulie and Bill West write that the team would accept an invitation to the White House.

The Penguins’ Game 6 victory was the most-watched Stanley Cup Final in four years.

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby throws strike in ceremonial first pitch at Pirates game, writes Jerry DiPaola.

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Gerrit Cole v Rockies

Gerrit Cole allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings against the Rockies

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole flips script on Rockies in win, writes DiPaola.

In the Pirates notebook, DiPaola writes that Elias Diaz is getting comfortable in the majors.

The scouting report for Wednesday’s Pirates-Rockies game.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Steelers open minicamp without Le’Veon Bell, writes Chris Adamski.

In the Steelers notebook, Adamski writes that unsigned first-round pick T.J. Watt says, ‘I know the deal is going to come’

Penguins did it Sully’s way

Mike Sullivan hoists the Cup

Mike Sullivan is the first coach to lead the Penguins to back-to-back Cup championships

My column is on Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, whose message propelled the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

Crosby and Rutherford with Cup

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hands the Stanley Cup to GM Jim Rutherford

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford reaps rewards of not turning over roster, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Jake Guentzel celebrates Cup win

Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel led all goal scorers in the Stanley Cup playoffs, with 13

Penguins winger Jake Guentzel leaned on family through breakout season, playoffs, writes Bill West.

Chris Kunitz with Cup

Penguins winger Chris Kunitz has won the Stanley Cup four times, most among active NHL players

In the Penguins notebook, Bombulie writes that the Stanley Cup still shines for Chris Kunitz.

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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded nine victories in the Stanley Cup playoffs

Reports: Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is eligible for the expansion draft after waiving his no-movement clause.

Mike Lange

Penguins radio play-by-play man Mike Lange has called all five of the Penguins’ Cup championships

Matt Rosenberg helps you relive Mike Lange’s five Stanley Cup-clinching calls for the Penguins.

The Trib is trying to follow the Cup. Help us out!

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ON THE DIAMOND

Jameson Taillon returns v Rockies

Five weeks after surgery for testicular cancer, Jameson Taillon tossed five scoreless innings against Colorado

Jameson Taillon shines and inspires in return, as Pirates beat Rockies, writes Rob Biertempfel.

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In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that manager Clint Hurdle’s draft memories include false alarms, plus a ‘bummer.’

Shane Baz

Concordia (Texas) Lutheran right-hander Shane Baz is committed to TCU

The Pirates took high school right-hander Shane Baz in the first round, writes Jerry DiPaola.

Brendan McKay

Brendan McKay was a three-time winner of the John Olerud Award for nation’s best two-way player at Louisville

Tampa Bay Rays select Blackhawk grad Brendan McKay with fourth pick in MLB Draft, writes Chris Harlan.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

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The Steelers signed third-round pick Cameron Sutton to a four-year deal, writes Chris Adamski.

STANLEY’S STAYING!

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hoists the Stanley Cup for the third time in his career

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STANLEY’S STAYING: Penguins repeat as Cup champions, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

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Penguins winger Carl Hagelin celebrates his empty-net goal to clinch the 2-0 Game 6 victory

The Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships by bucking conventional wisdom, writes Bill West.

‘It’s unbelievable!': Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux celebrates back-to-back Cup titles, writes Kevin Gorman.

Malkin and Crosby kiss the Cup

Penguins stars Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby now have won the Stanley Cup three times

My column centers on how Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, by delivering a third Stanley Cup championship, are now the greatest duo in Pittsburgh sports history.

Crosby with Conn Smythe trophy

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named Stanley Cup playoffs MVP for the second consecutive season

Crosby repeats as Conn Smythe winner, writes Bombulie.

Crosby hands Cup to Hainsey

Defenseman Ron Hainsey, who had gone 900-plus NHL games before playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs, was the first player handed the Cup by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby

Ron Hainsey gets the Cup handoff honors from Crosby, writes West.

Matt Murray with Cup

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Penguins goalie Matt Murray makes a spectacular stop on a breakaway by Nashville’s Colton Sissons

Penguins goalie Matt Murray clinches Stanley Cup with a shutout, writes Gorman.

Fleury kisses Cup

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who won nine playoff games, won the Cup for the third time

Marc-Andre Fleury savors Stanley Cup win in what could be twilight of Penguins career, writes Bombulie.

Cullen kisses Cup

Penguins center Matt Cullen, 40, is expected to retire after winning the Cup for the third time

Penguins ageless wonder Matt Cullen: ‘It’s a pretty good way to go out,’ writes West.

Bonino kisses the Cup

Penguins center Nick Bonino played through a broken leg in Game 2, writes Bombulie.

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Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist scores the winning goal in the Penguins’ 2-0 Game 6 victory

PLUS-MINUS (+/-): West breaks down Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Malkin kisses the Cup

A Trib photo gallery from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final

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Penguins one win away from back-to-back Stanley Cup titles

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup for the third time

Penguins can cap journey to Stanley Cup with Game 6 win in Nashville, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

My column centers on how the Penguins, on the brink of history, can draw from their past Cup finals.

Murray stops Fisher G5 SCF

In the Penguins notebook, Bill West writes that the players will keep their eyes off the coveted Cup.

THREE PERIODS: West writes that Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel has been historically efficient this postseason.

Matt Cullen G5 SCF

Penguins center Matt Cullen, on being one win away from the Cup at age 29 versus 40: ‘It’s not a whole lot different. You’re close to where you want to be, and it’s just a different level of excitement, no matter what age you are and no matter where you’re at in your career’

Penguins center Matt Cullen catches Cup buzz at age 40, writes West.

Marc-Andre Fleury on bench

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury could be the sentimental choice to lift the Cup first among Penguins

Bombulie sets the odds for which Penguins player could hoist the Cup.

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ON THE DIAMOND

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Felipe Rivero v Marlins

Felipe Rivero recorded his fourth career save, his first with the Pirates

Pirates win as reliever Felipe Rivero stands out on a day dominated by offense, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Tyler Glasnow hangs head

Over 12 starts, Tyler Glasnow went 2-6 with a 7.45 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. The former top prospect issued a team-high 29 walks in 54 1⁄3 innings

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Tyler Glasnow was sent to the minors.

Biertempfel has the scouting report for Pirates-Marlins on Sunday.

Murray specializes in bounce-back ability

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Marc-Andre Fleury congratulates Matt Murray after the Penguins’ 6-0 Game 5 victory over Nashville

Penguins goalie Matt Murray specializes in putting poor showings behind him, writes Bill West.

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Sidney Crosby dominated Game 5 without scoring a goal

My column is on how the Penguins’ scoring isn’t all on their stars.

Sidney Crosby head shot

Upgruv’s Rob Rossi writes that Sidney Crosby is poised to become Pittsburgh’s greatest athlete.

In the Penguins notebook, Jonathan Bombulie writes that Crosby had another big game with the youngsters.

Maatta holds nose G5

The Predators’ Colton Sissons avoids suspension for cross-check to Olli Maatta’s face, writes Bombulie.

ON THE DIAMOND

Tyler Glasnow v Marlins

Tyler Glasnow lasted just four innings in a 12-7 loss against the Miami Marlins

Tyler Glasnow struggles again as Marlins beat Pirates in a slugfest, writes Rob Biertempfel.

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Tony Watson is out as closer and Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio will split the duties.

The scouting report for Pirates-Marlins on Saturday.

Penguins blast Predators; one win from Cup repeat

Pens celebrate G5 SCF

The Penguins celebrate Justin Schutlz’s power-play goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final

Zeroing in: The Penguins are one victory away from a Stanley Cup repeat, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Crosby on Subban G5 SCF

Sidney Crosby didn’t just have three assists, he punked Predators defenseman P.K. Subban

My column is on how Sidney Crosby took his game to another stratosphere and Nashville had no answer.

Crosby’s antics in Game 5 frustrate some, confound others on social media, writes Matt Rosenberg.

Phil Kessel’s play does the talking in Game 5 victory, writes Jerry DiPaola.

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that Ron Hainsey’s play leads the charge for the Penguins’ embattled defensemen.

PLUS-MINUS (+/-): West breaks down Game 5 of Penguins-Predators Stanley Cup Final.

Penguins to host watch party at PPG Paints Arena for Game 6.

Check out the Trib’s Game 5 photo gallery.

ON THE DIAMOND

Gerrit Cole v Marlins

Gerrit Cole had his fourth consecutive subpar outing and his second in a row with seven earned runs allowed

Gerrit Cole was shaky as the Marlins routed the Pirates, writes Chris Harlan.

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Will Tony Watson remain the Pirates closer…

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… or will Felipe Rivero take over that role?

In the Pirates notebook, Harlan writes that manager Clint Hurdle will look at bullpen roles.

Harlan has the scouting report for Pirates-Marlins on Friday.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

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With just two years of NFL service, Villanueva, 28, is an exclusive-rights free agent, meaning the Steelers retain his rights for one more season

Alejandro Villanueva is still ‘trying to be a Steeler,’ writes Joe Rutter.

ON CAMPUS

Cam Johnson dunks on UNC

Cam Johnson is cleared to transfer to ACC rival North Carolina

Pitt relents and grants Cam Johnson rights to transfer to North Carolina, writes DiPaola.

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Matt Murray to start Game 5 SCF

Despite giving up eight goals against Nashville in Games 3 and 4, Matt Murray will start Game 5

Matt Murray named Game 5 starting goaltender for Penguins, reports Jonathan Bombulie.

Related, in the Penguins notebook, Bombulie and Bill West ask: Is Murray’s glove hand really vulnerable?

The Penguins return home in bid to take control of Cup, writes Bombulie.

Phil Kessel vs Preds

Evgeni Malkin on Phil Kessel: ‘It’s his time to score,’ writes Bill West.

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Evgeni Malkin took pressure off wingman Phil Kessel by saying he would ‘show his best’ in Game 5

My column centers on the impeccable timing of Malkin to know when to speak up for the Penguins.

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that the Penguins could turn to Sid & Kids for a Game 5 spark.

THREE PERIODS: Penguins hope to rekindle scoring in bunches, write Bombulie and West.

ON THE DIAMOND

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Tony Watson gets a vote of confidence but blows another save, writes Rob Biertempfel in the Pirates notebook.

Chad Kuhl solid before bullpen falters against Orioles, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Biertempfel has the scouting report for Thursday’s game against the Orioles.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Ramon Foster ball from LeVeon Bell

Ramon Foster gets ready to spike the football after Le’Veon Bell’s touchdown against the Ravens

Steelers teammates eager for Le’Veon Bell’s return, writes Joe Rutter.

James Harrison irked by having to take yet another PED test, writes Rutter.

Penguins stars hope to shine against Predators in Game 4 of Cup Final

Mattias Ekholm shoves Cullen SCF

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby on Nashville’s defense: ‘You play against different styles of defensemen. With them, they just skate themselves out of trouble. They don’t spend a lot of time in their end. I think the times where you do get the puck and you do get possession, you’ve got to challenge them and force them to play defense’

STAR WARS: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby confident the team can solve the Predators’ defense, writes Bill West. Jonathan Bombulie adds that Crosby denied making the bad breath comment to P.K. Subban.

Guentzel celebrates G3 goal SCF

Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel has scored goals in each of the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final

Jake Guentzel is lighting up Nashville, but the Penguins could use scoring from others, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Speaking of Guentzel, my column suggests that he could be the boost the Penguins’ power play needs.

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that there’s nothing magical about Matt Murray’s playoff resilience.

Nick Bonino practices Sun before G4 SCF

Nick Bonino missed Game 3 after blocking a shot that injured his left foot

In the Penguins notebook, West writes that Nick Bonino returns for practice.

THREE PERIODS: Bombulie and West write that the Nashville crowd impressed both Cup coaches.

Upgruv’s Rob Rossi believes the Penguins need more from Phil Kessel in Game 4.

ON THE DIAMOND

Trevor Williams v Mets

In six starts, Trevor Williams has gone 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. In 312⁄3 innings, he’s walked six and struck out 18

Trevor Williams has another strong outing, as Pirates beat Mets, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Andrew McCutchen v Mets

Andrew McCutchen has 183 home runs, including six walk-off shots, but in 89 plate appearances, he’s never homered with the bases loaded

In the Pirates notebook, Andrew McCutchen says two things remain on his MLB bucket list.

Pens get rude reception in Game 3 loss to Preds

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Predators winger James Neal rips off the helmet of Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley in Game 3

The Penguins fell flat in a Game 3 loss to Nashville, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin kept quiet in Game 3 loss.

My column focuses on the Penguins getting a taste of the awesome atmosphere in Smashville, and believing that it had nothing to do with the outcome.

Roman Josi beats Matt Murray in G3 SCF

Predators defenseman Roman Josi beats Matt Murray for a goal in Game 3

Penguins goalie Matt Murray unfazed by his career-worst playoff performance, writes Bill West.

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Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is on his back as Jake Guentzel scores in Game 3

PLUS-MINUS (+/-): West breaks down Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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Predators defenseman P.K. Subban skates past Carl Hagelin in Game 3

In the Penguins notebook, Bombulie and West write that with Nick Bonino out, Carl Hagelin returns.

ON THE DIAMOND

Glasnow gives up HR to Neil Walker

Tyler Glasnow reacts to giving up a two-run home run to Neil Walker in the Pirates’ 4-2 loss to the Mets

The Mets roughed up Tyler Glasnow, Pirates, writes Rob Biertempfel.

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Jameson Taillon could rejoin the team on June 12.

Biertempfel has the scouting report for Sunday’s game against the Mets.

ON CAMPUS

Nick Patti

Pitt QB recruit Nick Patti: ‘You don’t want to commit to a coach who isn’t going to be there in two years. I think coach (Pat) Narduzzi is definitely there to stay’

Pitt QB recruit Nick Patti is sold on the commitment of Pat Narduzzi and the coaching staff, writes Jerry DiPaola.

Stanley Cup Final Moves to Smashville for Game 3; Bucs rally to beat Mets

Matt Murray stop G2 SCF

Penguins goalie Matt Murray has a .938 save percentage against the Predators

The Stanley Cup still hangs in the balance as the series shifts to Nashville, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

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Crosby out of penalty box

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby: ‘We know that Game 3 is an important game, and that’s all that’s on our mind right now. We have to make sure our desperation level is there and we’re ready for our best game in Game 3′

My column centers on how the Penguins are hoping to change Nashville’s tune.

Sidney Crosby v NASH

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is preaching patience on the power play and improvement on faceoffs

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has targeted three trouble spots for Game 3.

In Three Periods, Bombulie and Bill West write that Penguins coach Mike Sullivan likes his counterattack against the Predators.

Nick Bonino carried off ice G2 SCF

Though he needed help from teammates to get back to the bench after using his left ankle to deny P.K. Subban’s shot during a penalty kill in the middle of the first period, Nick Bonino joined the Penguins for the start of the second period and finished with 16 minutes and six seconds of ice time

Nick Bonino’s status is questionable for Game 3, writes West.

Carl Hagelin

Penguins winger Carl Hagelin: ‘I think every time the game starts and you’re not out there, you’re going to be (ticked) off, but it doesn’t do you any good to be (ticked) off on a (practice) day like this. You’ve got to do whatever you can to make you prepared for whatever is thrown at you. … No one is going to feel sorry for me. And I don’t feel sorry for myself’

In the Penguins notebook, Carl Hagelin is frustrated about being a healthy scratch for the Final, writes West.

ON THE DIAMOND

Gerrit Cole v Mets

When Gerrit Cole left the game, the Pirates trailed by three runs. They made him the winning pitcher with a seven-run sixth inning

The Pirates’ bats get the better of the Mets in wild 12-7 win, writes Rob Biertempfel.

In the Pirates notebook, Max Moroff hopes to display a power bat in the majors, writes Biertempfel.

Biertempfel has the scouting report for Saturday’s game against the Mets.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Landry Jones OTAs

For his first four years, Landry Jones was the protégé under Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Gradkowski, as well as, for a short time, Mike Vick. Now, Jones is clearly in something of a mentor role for rookie Joshua Dobbs, the Steelers’ fourth-round pick

Landry Jones no longer the youngster among Steelers quarterbacks, writes Chris Adamski.