Game 1 against Columbus deja vu for Penguins

Penguins fans before CBJ Game 1

Check out the Trib photo gallery from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Jonathan Bombulie writes that, at first glance, the Penguins look like they can survive Kris Letang’s absence.

Nick Bonino goal v CBJ in Game 1

Nick Bonino once again came through with a playoff goal for the Penguins

The Penguins took a page from their 2009, ’16 Stanley Cup champions to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their NHL first-round playoff series at PPG Paints Arena, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Marc-Andre Fleury vs CBJ Game 1

A last-minute replacement in goal, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 16 shots in the first period

My column on how Marc-Andre Fleury was a fantastic fill-in as the last-minute replacement in goal.

Evgeni Malkin CBJ Game 1

After missing 13 regular-season games, Evgeni Malkin assisted on the Penguins’ first two goals against Columbus

Evgeni Malkin made an immediate impact in his return to the playoffs after a long injury absence, writes Bill West.

Kessel celebrates goal vs CBJ Game 1

Phil Kessel put six shots on goal, scoring a on wicked wrist shot in the second period

PLUS-MINUS (+/-): West breaks down the Penguins’ Game 1 win over Columbus


Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto high five

Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto high five after scoring in the Reds’ four-run fifth inning

The Pirates went quietly, as the Reds finished off a sweep, writes Chris Adamski.

Hurdle to the mound

When it comes to his bullpen, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle believes in ‘human analytics’

In the Pirates notebook, Adamski writes that manager Clint Hurdle talks about bullpen usage.

A scouting report for today’s game at Boston.


Senquez Golson 2

Senquez Golson was detained when TSA agents found a Glock .45 handgun and 23 rounds of ammunition in his bag

Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson was detained at an Alabama airport for a gun, writes Joe Rutter.

Maybe this next story explains Golson’s mindset…

The Steelers hosted two cornerbacks for pre-draft visits, writes Rutter.

tom Modrak

Tom Modrak worked for the BLESTO scouting service before joining the Steelers as a full-time pro scout in 1978. During two decades with the Steelers, Modrak also served as the team’s director of pro scouting and oversaw the college personnel department for nine seasons

Former Steelers executive Tom Modrak died at age 74, writes Rutter.