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    November 14, 2018 3:20 AM EST

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. Chase Edmonds Jersey . - Sidney Crosby has spent months politely rehashing the Pittsburgh Penguins nightmarish spring, a stretch that included a meltdown against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals and a sizable front office overhaul that shook one of the NHLs most stable organizations.The leagues reigning MVP is happy to turn the page.Im tired of talking about last year, Crosby said. Its nice to move on, get a fresh start here for everybody. Weve got a lot of new faces, we still have a lot to improve on and get better.The Penguins should get an idea of how far they have to go starting Thursday when they host Anaheim in the season opener. Pittsburgh has been one of the leagues best teams out of the gate over the last five years, going 44-24 during the opening month since 2009.Matching that October success may be difficult this time around. A schedule that includes games against the Ducks and defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles wont help. Neither will expected the growing pains associated with trying to adjust to first-year coach Mike Johnstons style.General manager Jim Rutherford stressed during the off-season hed be OK with sacrificing a point or two in the fall if it led to success in the playoffs for a franchise more than five years removed from its last championship.While Crosby cautioned its important not to get lulled into the idea that losing will be tolerated, he said there will be missteps along the way as the Penguins try to forge a new identity under Johnston following five-plus seasons in coach Dan Bylsmas high-risk, high-reward attack.If guys have the right work ethic and our focus is there and we do everything to help ourselves and have mistakes that are mistakes just because its early and guys are getting a feel for each other, I think thats a little more acceptable than it would be in a typical year, he said. That being said, I think you can tell pretty quickly why you make those mistakes and if its a lack of effort or not being sharp. Thats totally different.And while Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis likened learning Johnstons system a€” one that focuses on puck possession rather than the dazzling if dangerous stretch passes favoured by Bylsma a€” to picking up new slang. The goal remains the same regardless of who is behind the bench.Every team tries to accomplish the same thing, Crosby said. You try to hold onto the puck. You try to play fast. You try to put pressure on the other team. I dont think that ever changes.Neither does Pittsburghs reliance on its two superstars. Crosby insists hes healthy after dealing with an aching wrist that limited his effectiveness in the playoffs while Evgeni Malkin is expected to play in the opener after missing most of training camp with an undisclosed injury.And while Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury are back too, the rest of the roster looks decidedly different. Its Johnstons job to figure out how best to use newcomers like forwards Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling and Blake Comeau. And its the Penguins job to figure out how Johnston works after spending more than half a decade listening to the professional and occasionally excitable Bylsma.I think hes pretty calm, Crosby said. I dont think thats going to change no matter what the score is. Thats his demeanour, thats his way. Id be pretty shocked if you heard his voice all that much.Johnston would prefer his teams play to do most of the talking. Hes been put in an enviable if difficult task of coaxing a roster stuffed with talent a€” particularly at the top a€” toward taking the step thats eluded them since Crosby lifted the Cup in triumph in 2009.He has a six-month regular season to hone the process, though he has no intention of being patient. He was hired to win in April, May and June. Though he will spend all year preaching about the habits and details in our game we know we desperately need come playoff time he has no plans of lowering expectations for October.As far as results go and how were going to play, he said, I expect us to be very sharp right off the hop. Markus Golden Jersey . -- Andy Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, has died. Rudy Ford Jersey . Both of Padakins goals came in the second period while Zane Jones added a single in the first period for Calgary (13-6-4). Hitmen goaltender Chris Driedger finished with 30 saves for the shutout.PITTSBURGH -- Matt Garza provided the edge, even if it ended his night early. The Milwaukee Brewers took it from there, tightening the NL wild-card race with a contentious 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Garza was ejected in the fifth inning after hitting reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen for a second time. The bullpen stepped in and kept the surging Pirates at bay with 4 1-3 shutout innings. The Brewers scored the games only run on when Elian Herrera sprinted home on Logan Schafers sacrifice fly off Mark Melancon (3-5) in the ninth. Milwaukee drew within 3 1/2 games of the Pirates for the last playoff spot with eight days left in the regular season by winning for just the second time in its last 13 road games. "We knew what we had to do and we know how things have been going," manager Ron Roenicke said. The Brewers celebrated loudly in the hallway leading to the clubhouse, the kind of fire thats been missing during their lengthy September swoon. Garza, however, stoked the fire with 4 2/3 strong innings. His work included two run-ins with McCutchen. Garza hit the Pittsburgh star centre fielder on the left shoulder in the third then grazed McCutchens elbow with the bases empty two innings later. Both plunkings came with two outs and the bases empty, hardly the kind of pitches meant to send a message. "If people think I hit McCutchen on purpose, with a 1-2 count in a game like this, then youre just an idiot," Garza said. Garza had hit just two batters in 158 innings coming in. McCutchen -- who went to the disabled list in August with fractured rib cartilage shortly after getting drilled while playing in Arizona -- figures Garza was just trying to work inside when the pitches got away from him. "He didnt try to hit me but he got it in and Im sure hes thinking its better he hit me than me hit him with a homer or double or something," McCutchen said. Zach Duke (5-1), a former All-Star with the Pirates, picked up the victory after getting the final out of the eighth. Francisco Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth for his 43rd save of the season and 347th of his career, moving him into a tie with Randy Myers for 10th on the all-time list. Herrera reachhed on a forceout off Melancon (3-5) in the ninth and moved to third on Lyle Overbays second double of the night. Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Gear. Herrera scored when Schafers fly to left was just deep enough. The Pirates left 10 runners on base and went 0 for 8 with men in scoring position. "The pitchers were out there and kept putting up zeroes," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had some opportunities and couldnt push a run across and they got one late." Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez retaliated after the first plunking by throwing inside to Milwaukee star Ryan Braun, earning a warning to both benches, making Garzas ejection automatic even as he pled his case to home plate umpire Marty Foster. "He just told me, In this type of situation, my hands are tied," Garza said. "I said, Come on, you know it. Hes like, Yeah, I know and all three umpires over there are like, Youve got to understand the situation." Garzas unexpected departure forced the Brewers to rely on an already taxed bullpen that had blown games on Thursday and Friday. This time a string of six relievers stood firm after letting late leads slip away earlier in the week. The Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the eighth but Starling Marte lined to third and pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez grounded out to short against Duke. Volquez lacked Garzas crispness early, needing 52 pitches to labour through the first three innings alone, but continued his remarkable bounce back season. The pitcher who went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA a year ago while pitching for San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers lowered his ERA to 3.15 by keeping the Brewers off the scoreboard before exiting in the seventh.. UP NEXT Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (16-10, 3.70 ERA) makes his 31st start of the season on Sunday. He is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates, all of the starts coming at Miller Park. Pirates: RHP Vance Worley (7-4, 3.18 ERA) returns to the rotation after making a brief move to the bullpen when Charlie Morton was taken off the disabled list. Worley is 0-3 with a 5.48 ERA in four career starts against Milwaukee. 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