Pens-Sens in Eastern final; Steelers open minicamp; Pirates lose to D’backs

Hagelin celebrates goal v Caps

After beating the top-seeded Capitals, the Penguins are back in the Eastern Conference final

The Penguins are quick to turn the page after an emotional series, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Erik Karlsson

Senators captain Erik Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, has 13 points in 12 playoff games

My column is on how Senators star Erik Karlsson accepted the challenge to become a better two-way defenseman and is now at his best in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Tom Kuhnhackl

Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl on Ottawa’s forecheck: ‘I’d rather come more aggressive than kind of sitting back. They like sitting back. I’m sure they’re going to wait for our mistakes’

The Penguins will concentrate on trying to solve the Senators’ stifling 1-3-1 forecheck, writes Bill West.

Crosby congratulates Fleury G7 v Caps

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby congratulates goalie Marc-Andre Fleury after the 2-0 victory over the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that a new set of challenges awaits Sidney Crosby in the conference final.

Despite a history with Ottawa, Crosby is just thinking about playing hockey.

Marc-Andre Fleury 5

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said goalie Marc-Andre Fleury ‘deserves to play’

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s starting job is on solid ground, writes West.

Chad Ruhwedel v Caps

Chad Ruhwedel was paired with Ian Cole for Game 7 against the Capitals

THREE PERIODS: Sullivan is comfortable churning defensive pairings, writes Bombulie and West.

SCOUT’S TAKE: A Western Conference scout predicts the Penguins will advance in five or six games, writes Bombulie.


Former Pitt star James Conner took part in his first practice with the Steelers, writes Jerry DiPaola.

Rushel Shell Steelers

Rushel Shell, who set the state’s career rushing record at Hopewell, signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent

Former Hopewell, WVU back Rushel Shell gets a shot with Steelers, writes Joe Rutter.

Joshua Dobbs Steelers

Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs graduated from Tennessee Thursday and arrived at minicamp Friday

In the Steelers notebook, Adamski writes that QB Joshua Dobbs capped a whirlwind 24 hours with practice.


Glasnow v Dbacks

Arizona hit for the cycle in a seven-run third inning against Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow gives up another big inning, allowing seven runs in the third, as the Pirates fell to the Diamondbacks, writes Jack Magruder.

In the Pirates notebook, reinforcements arrive as David Freese and Adam Frazier are activated, writes Magruder.

Chris Adamski has the scouting report for Saturday’s Pirates-Diamondbacks game.