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Video- Phil Kessel Returns To Pittsburgh

A standing ovation for Phil Kessel during his tribute video.

 

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Brian Dumoulin Had Ankle Surgery Today, Out At Least 8 Weeks

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin underwent successful ankle surgery today, it was announced by general manager and executive vice president Jim Rutherford.

Dumoulin, who was injured in last night's game against the St. Louis Blues, had surgery to repair lacerated tendons in his left ankle. The surgery was performed at UPMC Presbyterian by team physician, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, in collaboration with Dr. MaCalus Hogan and Dr. John Fowler, of UPMC.

The blueliner is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks.

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Sidney Crosby Out At Least 6 Weeks After Core Muscle Surgery

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby underwent a successful core muscle injury repair today, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. The expected recovery time is a minimum of six weeks. 

Crosby, 32, leads the team in scoring with 12 assists and 17 points in 17 games for the Penguins this season despite dealing with a sports hernia since training camp.

Below, watch how the injury happened.

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Sidney Crosby May Have A Sports Hernia Injury

from Rob Rossi of The Athletic,

Sidney Crosby is evaluating all treatment options for a sports hernia, multiple NHL and Penguins sources confirmed to The Athletic.

Crosby aggravated the sports hernia Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena, but sources say the Penguins captain has been dealing with the injury since training camp. He opted against surgery when the Penguins lost multiple forwards, including Evgeni Malkin, to various injuries early in October.

Crosby is now weighing the opinions of medical personnel whether he should undergo surgery, which would typically require a 4-6 week recovery, the sources said.

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Sidney Crosby - The Game Changer

from Sportsnet,

In an excerpt from his new book, "Most Valuable," Gare Joyce explains how Sidney Crosby forever changed the way NHLers — particularly generational talents — approach being pros.

Each sport has its own brand of hyperbole, and in hockey the most used, overused, misused and thoroughly abused is a term associated with talented teenagers: “generational talents.” The foundation of this term isn’t altogether wrong-minded — some of the very elite kids possess talent that doesn’t come along every year. Just look back on a few NHL Entry Drafts and you’ll find years that don’t produce talent that shimmers so brightly (for example, Mario Lemieux was the best player born in 1965 and, arguably, Joe Nieuwendyk in ’66 and Brian Leetch in ’67 — the latter two being good players, even NHL trophy winners, but a big drop-off from Lemieux). The notion of “generation,” though, is seemingly tied to sport’s short attention span or, maybe more fairly, short career spans. Lemieux was deemed a generational talent, as was Wayne Gretzky, who was born four years before him. Sometimes the gaps are bigger — after Crosby, who was born in 1987, you might pass over many only excellent players (including Steven Stamkos, John Tavares et al.) before you’d land on Connor McDavid as a ’97. Sometimes the gaps are insignificant — Alexander Ovechkin being born less than two full years before Crosby.

Since Jack Hughes, like Crosby, showed up on the hockey industry’s radar at 16, he has been a name in the game; if he doesn’t enjoy the highest profile among the media and public, then he is certainly universally known in industry circles. And, yes, Hughes has been labelled, for better or worse, a generational talent.

In his underage year, Crosby burst onto the scene at the summer under-18s, effectively a preseason exhibition and a preliminary read of talent for the upcoming draft, but really not much more than that; by contrast, in his underage year, Hughes stepped up to much tougher company when he joined the US team at season’s end for the IIHF under-18s.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Are Embarrassed With Their Loss To The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In their worst period of the young season, the Flyers’ defense was non-existent as it gave goalie Brian Elliott no support. Their attack time was barely noticeable, and they fell into a 4-0 hole en route to a 7-1 loss to the arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

“He’s been really good for us. Battling his butt off,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said of Elliott, the NHL’s No. 3 star of the week. “Not much of a chance tonight. Backdoor looks. Extra whacks. That’s stuff that just can’t happen. We’re going to work to get better at it and to fix it, but we left him hung out to dry."

Pittsburgh skated circles around the Flyers (5-5-1) in the opening 20 minutes and used a swarming forecheck to keep the visitors pinned in their own zone. As a result, the Penguins had a 16-6 shots domination in the period and got goals from Justin Schultz, Jared McCann, Dominik Simon, and Sidney Crosby.

“It was horrible. Embarrassing. We didn’t come out strong. They were ready and they gave it to us," center Sean Couturier said. “It’s tough winning games when you allow three, four goals in the first period. We’re going to have to learn from it. That’s twice in a row where we gave up [at least] three goals in the first period. We’ll have to be better."

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Anaheim Ducks Acquire Erik Gudbranson From The Pittsburgh Penguins

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks have acquired defenseman Erik Gudbranson from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing Andreas Martinsen and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick.

Gudbranson, 27 (1/7/92), has played in 474 career games with Florida, Vancouver and Pittsburgh, earning 16-48=64 points. The 6-5, 217-pound defenseman has also appeared in 17 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, scoring one goal with 12 penalty minutes (PIM). This season with Pittsburgh, Gudbranson appeared in seven games, going scoreless with two PIM.

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Video- It Doesn’t Get Much Closer Than This Penguins/Lightning

2/10ths of a second left on the clock

 

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Afternoon Line- Mike Sullivan On The Morning Skate

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Sidney Crosby Leading The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It's not just that Sidney Crosby is "leading" the Penguins, scoring goals and setting them up and playing what is probably the best 200-foot game in the NHL.

No, it's more than that.

It's deeper than that.

The recent spate of injuries seemed to spur some kind of chemical reaction in the Penguins’ dressing room. I don’t know how long it will last, but I know this: Crosby has literally, if unwittingly, infused the rest of the team with his particular style of hockey.

He is them. They are him.

If you had to describe the Penguins’ style at the moment, during this unlikely four-game winning streak, you could accurately say, “They are doing what Sid does and playing the way Sid plays — fast, furious, responsible, intelligent.”

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