PITTSBURGH—Clock ticking down on both the game, and in some ways their season, the Philadelphia Flyers summoned some more late magic to stun the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again.
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PITTSBURGH—The NHL's most electric play-maker swooping in on him and his team's one-goal lead very much in doubt, Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie Matt Murray did something that's kind of tough when Edmonton's Connor McDavid has the puck dangling on his stick and the game in the balance.
Murray waited. He figures he didn't really have a choice.
PITTSBURGH—After a baffling loss to a last-place team and with a visit from the NHL's best club looming, the Pittsburgh Penguins called a players-only meeting on Tuesday in an effort to clear the air.
“We needed an answer,” defenceman Kris Letang said.
For a night, they found one.
PITTSBURGH—Sidney Crosby doesn't really have an explanation for how he does what he does.
He just does it.
PITTSBURGH—The Jacksonville Jaguars heard the chatter, read the tweets, and Instagram posts.
And they got a little confused.
Why were the Pittsburgh Steelers talking about the New England Patriots? Didn't they have to face the Jaguars first before reaching a rematch with the Super Bowl champions?
PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Steelers had the ball, with 17 seconds and about 30 yards to go, to avoid overtime against relentlessly resilient Green Bay.
Oh, and the Steelers had Antonio Brown. The Packers did not.
PITTSBURGH—Another uninspiring half in the books in a season littered with them for a team that expects to play deep into January and beyond, Ben Roethlisberger decided he had seen enough.
So the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback decided it was time to speak up.
PITTSBURGH—Ben Roethlisberger took a knee in prayer, then sprinted to mid-field holding the flag honouring the man who helped guide the Pittsburgh Steelers from irrelevance into a dynasty.
Five months after longtime president and chairman Dan Rooney's death, the Steelers won a game like so many during his tenure.
PITTSBURGH—Rich Hill's first 98 pitches left the Pittsburgh Pirates confounded, occasionally fuming, and absolutely hitless.
His 99th turned a potentially historic night by the Los Angeles Dodgers' lefty into something else entirely: a loss.
PITTSBURGH—The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise's inglorious past—one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses.
And they don't care. It's not 1992. It's not 1996, 2009, or 2016 for that matter.