Throwing a curveball at you. Dan Kingerski is traveling, so you get the substitute teacher today. Keeping the name of the feature, though, since Dan has practically taken out a patent on it. He and Dave Molinari were on site as the Pittsburgh Penguins broke their seven-game slide with a win in Washington. Florida celebrated a big night for one of the Staal brothers. There was another chapter, this one heart-wrenching, in the Mitchell Miller-Boston Bruins mess.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Dave Molinari recap — The Penguins managed to keep a lead and beat Washington, 4-1.
PHN+: Dan’s takeaways — The players who really shined included Jeff Carter and Brock McGinn. And how the Penguins did it.
PHN+: From the locker room, the Penguins also kept their sense of humor, despite losing a couple defensemen to injury. Go inside the Penguins locker room.
A scheduled practice Thursday in Toronto was canceled, so we probably won’t get updates until Friday, when the Penguins play the Maple Leafs.
And the Washington Capitals‘ perspective. The depleted Capitals also have been struggling.
*The Steelers are making plans to try to stop New Orleans tight end Taysom Hill.
*Watch: video from Steelers practice, including T.J. Watt.
*Matthew Wright will be kicking for the Steelers.
*Injury updates and practice notes.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
*The Pirates are unlikely to trade Bryan Reynolds.
*The Pirates claimed an outfielder, Ryan Vilade.
National Hockey Now:
Boston Hockey Now: Isaiah Meyer-Crothers put out a statement outlining the horrendous treatment he said he received from Mitchell Miller after the Boston Bruins signed and then backed off from Miller.
Florida Hockey Now: Eric Staal hit the 1,300-game mark — how many mouthguards do you think he’s gone through? — with brothers Jordan and Marc also on the ice as the Panthers beat Carolina behind a shutout from a 21-year-old goaltender.
NYI Hockey Now: Connor McDavid traded to the New York Islanders? No, but you might have been fooled by a verified Twitter account post.
Colorado Hockey Now: Prospect Shane Bowers could make his NHL debut for the Colorado Avalanche.
Calgary: The Calgary Flames keep streaking in the wrong direction.
Montreal: See the video and get the story. Juraj Slafkovsky earned a two-game suspension for boarding.