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Derick Brassard Headed To Pittsburgh

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A Disappointing Loss By The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, which is like having Batman, Superman and a rotund Robin. Give them a coach who knows what he’s doing, and they’re going to contend for the Stanley Cup on an annual basis. In fact, they do just that.

The Blue Jackets have one elite offensive player in Artemi Panarin. They have two terrific, young defensemen in Seth Jones and Zach Werenski, and they have a world-class goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky. They can be a playoff team if they score enough — and to score enough, they need contributions from up and down their lineup.

Sunday evening, the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,100 in Nationwide Arena. The Pens were playing the second night of a back-to-back, on the road, and Crosby, Malkin and Kessel combined for one assist. They still enjoyed themselves immensely.

The Penguins got five points from their third line, and another six from their defensive corps. They won with depth, which isn’t supposed to be one of their strengths. They won with emotion and determination, which are supposed to be hallmarks of the Blue Jackets. They made Bobrovsky look shaky, and it was like the playoffs all over again.


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Video- 400 Goals For Sidney Crosby

Crosby is the 42nd player to reach 400 goals with one team.


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Marc-Andre Fleury Will Never Forget Last Night In Pittsburgh

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Most of the young faces running around the Sto-Ken-Rox Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday will never meet the famous goalie, never know personally the player who 6 miles away in downtown Pittsburgh later that night returned to PPG Paints Arena for the first time since being left exposed by the Penguins and selected by the Golden Knights as part of the NHL expansion draft.

It was a homecoming of extreme emotion, highlighted by a first-period video tribute to Fleury, who would make 33 saves but finish on the short end of a 5-4 Penguins victory....

The game ended, and Fleury could be seen throwing his stick in a back hallway departing the ice.

He wanted this one as much as any.

“It will get easier playing against them in the future,” Fleury said. “Lot of stress. I found myself thinking too much. But tonight, I will never forget.

“I will forget the score, though.”


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Video- Welcome Back To Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury

Great ovation.



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How Will The Fans React With Marc-Andre Fleury Returning To Pittsburgh?

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Given the emotional nature of Marc-Andre Fleury's return to PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night, Penguins players have to be prepared for a possibility — however unlikely — that they probably never considered before.

Because of the goalie's popularity, there's an outside chance at least a portion of the crowd will boo a Penguins player for scoring a goal on Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights.

“I'm not sure it could go that far, but if there's ever a possibility, this is the one,” winger Bryan Rust said.

“I guess there is a chance, right?” winger Tom Kuhnhackl said. “He's been here for a long time. He's obviously a face of Pittsburgh. If you think of Flower, everybody thinks of Pittsburgh. If I score tonight, hopefully I don't get booed. That would be a little bad.”


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The Pittsburgh Penguins Need To Define Riley Sheahan’s Role

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Let's say the Penguins decide Sheahan is the type of center they want on a skilled third line. It's a reasonable position to take.

Sheahan is averaging 1.59 points per 60 minutes of five-on-five ice time since joining the Penguins. That's not bad. It's better than Sidney Crosby (1.41), Bryan Rust (1.47) and Conor Sheary (1.45), for example, have averaged this season.

“Riley sees the ice pretty well,” Sullivan said. “He has good skills. He has good passing skills, and we can play him with skilled players. When we do play him with skilled players, we like his conscientious, 200-foot game. It's important to us to create the balance that we're looking for throughout our lineup.”

If Sheahan is anchored on the third line with Kessel, the Penguins could pursue a low-cost fourth-line center option like Edmonton's Mark Letestu or Minnesota's Matt Cullen or maybe just stick with Carter Rowney in the role and pursue roster upgrades elsewhere.

Now let's say the Penguins decide Sheahan doesn't have the offensive chops to play above the fourth line. There is evidence to back up that position, too.


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Conor Sheary Listed As Week-To-Week

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Head coach Mike Sullivan said winger Conor Sheary is week-to-week with a lower-body injury. He finished the Penguins' 5-2 win over San Jose on Tuesday, but missed practice on Wednesday while being evaluated.

"Conor is a really good player, he's not an easy guy to replace," Sullivan said. "He brings a certain dimension to our team. I think that helps us win games. But certainly we have capable people. We have capable guys that we can plug in that give us an opportunity to continue to win games. We have some versatility with our wings that I think is part of the strength of this team."

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Another Cup For The Pittsburgh Penguins?

Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the bubble teams in the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, I feel they have a very good change at a three-peat.

I imagine sportsbook reviews had the Penguins as one of the top teams to win the Cup but I wasn't one of them.

I felt they would just run out of gas but their recent surge has changed my mind.  They will need some help at the trade deadline, most likely adding a defenseman, a bottom 6 veteran forward and an established goaltender.

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