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Penguins Wrap: Playoff Pulse Fades; Crosby Makes History



Kris Letang Rickard Rakell Jake Guentzel Sidney Crosby 4/6/2023

The Pittsburgh Penguins entered the past six days with a tenuous grip on a wild-card playoff spot, but relinquished it and remain outside the Eastern Conference postseason field.

They have, however, won back-to-back games and still could get in if Florida and/or the New York Islanders stumble in their two remaining games.

Assuming, of course, the Penguins — who, because of the regulation-victories tiebreaker, need one of those clubs to drop at least two points — win their games against Chicago Tuesday and at Columbus Thursday.

Here’s a look back at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ past six days.


The Penguins should give goalie Tristan Jarry every start the rest of the way to get him ready for the playoffs — assuming they qualify.

It remains to be seen whether the Pittsburgh Penguins will have enough points — and heart — to qualify for the playoffs. (+)

Video chat: Should the Penguins stick with Casey DeSmith in goal?

The Penguins return forward Alex Nylander to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.


A completely uninspired performance during a 5-1 loss in New Jersey costs the Penguins their wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff field.

The Penguins started badly against the Devils, and things never improved.

Injured defenseman Marcus Pettersson participated in the Penguins’ game-day skate in Newark. (+)

Goalie Joel Blomqvist signs an amateur tryout contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


Marc-Andre Fleury will enter Minnesota’s game against the Penguins Thursday with a chance to effectively end their chances of getting into the playoffs.

The Penguins signed goalie Joel Blomqvist, a second-round draft choice in 2020, to an entry-level contract.

The Penguins recalled Alex Nylander from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while the NHL fined Mark Friedman for embellishment.

Penguins players were predictably subdued after their defeat by the Devils.

Video Q&A: Fans are predictably unhappy with the Penguins’ performance in their loss at New Jersey.


Kris Letang says it was “kind of weird” to score a goal against longtime friend and former teammate Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Penguins record an impressive 4-1 victory against Minnesota, but fail to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Penguins entered the game against Minnesota expecting Marc-Andre Fleury to “be himself” when he faced them.

Defenseman Owen Pickering, the Penguins’ top prospect, is having a rough introduction to professional hockey. (+)


The Pittsburgh Penguins’ prospects of qualifying for the playoffs have become less than a 50-50 proposition.

Yes, they did it again. Alex Nylander returns from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an emergency recall.

Video Q&A: Is the Penguins’ playoff push too little, too late?


Sidney Crosby reaches a major milestone and the Penguins pick up two badly needed points with a 5-1 victory in Detroit.

Sidney Crosby and Tristan Jarry are the driving forces behind the Penguins’ victory at Little Caesars Arena. (+)

Becoming the 15th player in NHL history to hit 1,500 points was nice, but Sidney Crosby had a more pressing concern after the game.

Matthew Tkachuk’s late goal lifts the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 victory in Washington, preserving their one-point lead over the Penguins in the playoff race.