Game 3 for Pens-Sens

Tocchet, Sullivan, Martin

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan (center) said assistants Rick Tocchet (left) and Jacques Martin have been ‘invaluable’

My column centers on Jacques Martin and Rick Tocchet, assistants who are providing Penguins coach Mike Sullivan invaluable assistance in the Ottawa series.

Chad Ruhwedel checks Ryan Dzingel

Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel checks Ottawa’s Ryan Dzingel in Game 2

The Penguins defensemen have a key role in solving the Senators’ 1-3-1 zone, writes Bill West.

Malkin fights Bobby Ryan

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan drew third-period penalties for fighting

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Jonathan Bombulie writes that bad blood is in the eyes of the beholder.

Scott Wilson checks Bobby Ryan

Scott Wilson recorded four hits in one shift, 10 overall in Game 2 against Ottawa

The Penguins are getting their money’s worth from fourth-liners, writes Jerry DiPaola.

Kessel and Malkin celebrate

Evgeni Malkin: ‘It’s tough to play two games and score two goals’

Three Periods: Penguins, Senators surprised by lack of offense, writes Bill West.

In the Penguins notebook, Malkin downplayed his flare-ups with Phil Kessel.

Steve Mears

Paul Steigerwald on Steve Mears: ‘I watched him and I thought, This is the going to be the guy to replace me’

The Penguins will have a new TV voice, as Murrysville native Steve Mears will replace Paul Steigerwald.

ON THE DIAMOND

Hurdle pulls Chad Kuhl

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle pulled Chad Kuhl in the fifth inning after giving up six runs on 10 hits

The Nationals chased hard-throwing Chad Kuhl in beating the Pirates, writes Rob Biertempfel.

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that reliever Felipe Rivero is bringing awareness to the unrest in Venezuela.