Penguins’ Murray: ‘We need to be better’


The Pittsburgh Penguins are two wins away from securing their ticket to the Eastern Conference final.

They opened up a two-games-to-none lead on the Ottawa Senators in the best-of-seven semifinal series with a 4-3 win Friday night.

On paper, it may have looked like a dominant performance from the Penguins that simply got close at the end.

The Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby and his hat trick, outshot the Senators 42-22 but had to fend off the visitors in the third period.

Despite the win and the lopsided shot totals, the Penguins weren’t happy with their apparent inability to keep the Senators down for good, particularly with not one but two two-goal leads.

“It probably shouldn’t have been that close of a game but it was because of the Grade-A scoring opportunities we gave them,” Penguins’ defenseman Douglas Murray told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“We need to be better.”

Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers

The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they have “reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties.”

The club said that it will not be commenting further “on the terms” of the settlement.

The NHLPA released a similar statement.

It was reported earlier in the week that a settlement was close to being reached; however, it wasn’t clear what salary-cap penalties the Kings would incur.

We’re starting to find out some details now:

How the final numbers differ from what the Kings would have incurred if they’d bought Richards out will be interesting to see. And if there are differences, how will they be justified?

Stay tuned.

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for ‘assault on a female’ (Updated)

Brad May, Kevin Hodson, Jiri Fischer, Aaron Ward

Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for “assault on a female,” per WNCN.

Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.

Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Update: Per WRAL, Ward’s wife called 9-1-1 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m. ET. Police confirmed Ward was arrested at his home in Cary.

According to the warrant for his arrest, he took away his wife’s phone.

Because of the nature of his charges, Ward will spend a mandatory 48 hours in the Wake County jail. Anyone arrested on a domestic violence charge is held for 48 hours before bail is set.

And here’s a statement from TSN: