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Pens Defenseman Niskanen Ready For Meaningful Games Again

Much like the fan base that has grown tired of meaningless games while waiting for the playoffs to being, Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen told Starkey and Mueller that he’s ready for games that actually mean something.

93-7 The Fan–04/15/2014

Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins knocks the puck away from Matt Calvert #11 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period on March 28, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Shea-ved Ice Playoff Preview: Blue Jackets Vs. Penguins

The playoffs have arrived. It’s that special time of year, where the world seems to stop when the puck is dropped.

04/15/2014

Head coach Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins addresses the media after the game against the Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Dan Bylsma: Fine Line Between Too Little & Too Much Emotion

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma joined “The Fan Morning Show” on Tuesday to preview the Penguins/Blue Jackets first round series.

93-7 The Fan–04/15/2014

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Billy Jaffe: ‘No One Has More To Prove Than Marc-Andre Fleury’

His Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the playoffs – in fact, they’re the 2-seed in the Eastern Conference – but Scott Ferrall doesn’t feel too optimistic.

04/15/2014

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Everything You Need To Know About The Blue Jackets

With the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets set to meet each other in the first round of the NHL playoffs, Blue Jackets play-by-play broadcaster Jeff Rimer joined Starkey and Mueller to tell us everything we should know about the Pens first round opponent.

93-7 The Fan–04/14/2014

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Doc Emrick: It’s One Contender And Everyone Else For Stanley Cup

Doc says the Bruins are his favorites in the East and his pick in the West changes everyday.

93-7 The Fan–04/14/2014

Tomas Vokoun #92 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on against the Boston Bruins during Game One of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Consol Energy Center on June 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Penguins Recall Goaltender Tomas Vokoun From AHL Conditioning Assignment

With the playoffs starting on Wednesday and the question marks that constantly surround Marc-Andre Fleury this time of year, the Pens announced they’ve recalled goalie Tomas Vokoun from his conditioning assignment in the AHL.

93-7 The Fan–04/14/2014

A general view before Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Big Screen To Return For Pens’ Playoff Games

The regular season for the Pittsburgh Penguins has come to a close. Now, it’s time for playoff hockey.

04/14/2014

Head coach Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins addresses the media after the game against the Ottawa Senators at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Colin Dunlap: For Bylsma’s Sake, Pens Need To Reach Finals

Don’t mean to sound too harsh here, but close shouldn’t be good enough this season for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

04/14/2014

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Josh Yohe: Columbus Won’t Be Pushover For Pens

Tab Douglas and Stacy Kauffman previewed the Stanley Cup playoffs with Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

93-7 The Fan–04/13/2014

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Streit’s OT Goal Lifts Rival Flyers Over Pens 4-3

Mark Streit beat Marc-Andre Fleury 2:10 into overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

04/12/2014

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Kevin Allen: Fleury Looks Confident

Bob Pompeani looked ahead to the Stanley Cup playoffs with Kevin Allen of USA Today.

04/12/2014

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Former Penguin Ryan Malone Arrested In Tampa

Police say Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone has been charged with DUI and possession of cocaine.

04/12/2014

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Jokinen’s SO Winner Lifts Pens Over Red Wings, 4-3

Jussi Jokinen scored in regulation and then got the game-winner in the shootout, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the playoff-bound Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

04/09/2014

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Kris Letang Set To Make Return From Stroke

Out since suffering a stroke 10 weeks ago, Penguins Defenseman Kris Letang announced that he’ll be making his return Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

93-7 The Fan–04/09/2014

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Game 1: Pens Rally Past Blue Jackets

Photos from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets at CONSOL Energy Center on April 17, 2014.

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Penguins Suffer Tough Loss Against St. Louis

The Pens lost to the St. Louis Blues 1-0 at Consol Energy Center Sunday.

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National Aviary’s New Additions Named After Penguins’ Head Coach

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and his family met some real, live penguins at the National Aviary on March 21, 2014.

Sidney Crosby scored the Golden Goal to win the gold medal for Canada in the 2010 Olympics. (Photo credit: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Penguins Olympians Past & Present

NHL players have been competing in the Olympics since 1998. Here’s a look at some of the current and former Pittsburgh Penguins players who have represented their country at the Olympics.

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2013 Pittsburgh Sports Year In Review

Take a look back at the year’s top moments in sports.

Sidney and Taylor Crosby have always been close both on and off the ice. (Photo Courtesy: Crosby Family)

Sidney & Taylor Crosby Home Photos

Sidney and Taylor Crosby have always been close both on and off the ice.

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Penguins Beat Canucks 4-3 In SO

Photos from the Vancouver Canucks-Pittsburgh Penguins game at CONSOL Energy Center on Oct. 19, 2013.

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