Penguins can clinch ECF; Bucs beaten by Braves; Steelers set for OTAs

Murray deflects shot vs Sens G5

Penguins goalie Matt Murray stonewalled the Senators in Game 5

Jonathan Bombulie has four rules the Penguins should follow if they want to close out the Senators in Game 6.

Malkin and Turris

My column questions whether the Senators’ talk of Penguins superiority is a setup.

Matt Murray anthem

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that Murray is preventing the Senators from gaining traction.

kessel and Malkin

Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin rank among the top scorers in the Stanley Cup playoffs

Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel are helping the Penguins possess the puck, writes Bill West.

THREE PERIODS: The Penguins penalty kill continues to be a killer, writes West.

Sheary hits Wideman

Conor Sheary had 23 regular-season goals but is scoreless this postseason

In the Penguins notebook, West writes that Conor Sheary is using his scratch as motivation.

MEANTIME, IN NASHVILLE…

Colton Sissons scores against Ducks

Nashville’s Coloton Sissons scores a third-period goal in the Predators’ 6-3 win over the Ducks

The Predators beat the Ducks in six games to reach their first Stanley Cup Final.

ON THE DIAMOND

Gerrit Cole reacts to loss at Atlanta

Gerrit Cole had his shortest outing of the season against Atlanta

Clint Hurdle gets tossed by umpire Phil Cuzzi

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle gets tossed by umpire Phil Cuzzi in the fourth inning

The Braves got to Gerrit Cole, and Clint Hurdle and David Freese were ejected in loss, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Sean Rodriguez

Sean Rodriguez and his family were injured in an accident two months after signing with the Braves

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Sean Rodriguez is ‘coming around’ after scary accident.

Biertempfel has the scouting report for Tuesday’s Pirates-Braves game.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Martavis Bryant

The return of wide receiver Martavis Bryant from a season-long suspension is a top storyline for Steelers

Joe Rutter has seven Steelers storylines as OTAs begin.

FAREWELL, OUR FRIEND

Rick Starr

Rick Starr covered the Steelers for 19 seasons, from the Chuck Noll era to Bill Cowher’s tenure

Former Valley News Dispatch sports editor Rick Starr was master storyteller, true friend, writes George Guido.