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Morning Line- Larry Brooks

Missed the incident?  Watch below.

added 11:19am, Oops Larry,

 

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Video- Evgeni Malkin Cross Check And Slash

Malkin gets a double minor and Mark Borowiecki 2 for slaahing.

 

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are On A Downturn

from Mark Madden of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are standing at the crossroads. I believe they’re sinking down.

The Penguins aren’t among the cream of the NHL crop. If they think that, they’re lying to themselves.

If they believe they’re faster than the New York Rangers, that’s another whopper.

If the Penguins feel they can rebound from three straight regular-season losses to the Rangers and beat them in a playoff series, that seems like wishful thinking.

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They’ve Been Lucky In Pittsburgh

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Matthews, McDavid and Draisaitl are fabulous players.

The reason we’re so lucky is because Malkin and Crosby have been able to use their terrific individual success to lift the Penguins to the highest of heights.

Do you realize Matthews and Marner have been in the NHL since that 2016-17 season and that Toronto has yet to win a playoff series with them? It won’t be favored to win one this spring, either, because of ongoing goaltending issues.

Do you realize Draisaitl and McDavid have been in the league since 2015-16 and that Edmonton has won just one postseason series with them? The Oilers missed the playoffs in three of their six seasons and are no lock to make it this spring.

Crosby and Malkin have been much more successful, much more quickly....

The point of this isn’t to diminish the accomplishments of Matthews, McDavid and Draisaitl. They likely will join Crosby and Malkin in the Hall one day. It’s not as if they don’t have a chance to still lead their team to postseason success. The Penguins didn’t make the playoffs until Mario Lemieux’s fifth season in 1988-89 and didn’t win the first of two consecutive Cups until his seventh season in 1990-91.

All I’m saying is there is no guarantees for Matthews, McDavid and Draisaitl despite their individual brilliance. They still have a long, long way to go to match Crosby and Malkin.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Trounced The Detroit Red Wings 11-2

from Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Sunday was just one of those nights where you had to be here to believe it. Their wild 11-2 win against the Red Wings was one of only five games all-time in which they scored 11-plus goals. They finished one shy of the franchise record.

“Obviously, it’s nice to score goals. It’s good for a lot of our guys. It’s good for their confidence,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “From our standpoint, there’s a lot of positives that we can build from it. We created some really good looks. Our power play was terrific. … Those types of games, they don’t happen very often.”

During their incredible offensive outburst, the Penguins chased Nedeljkovic with four on their first 12 shots, scored short-handed and three times on the power play and had already netted a half dozen goals at the game’s midway point.

Two longtime Penguins hit milestones as the team ran up the score. Rickard Rakell buried his first goal in black and gold. Nine players had multi-point nights.

Not a bad way to bounce back after their no-show in New York on Friday.

“Tonight was substantially more fun than the other night,” Bryan Rust said.

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Ducks Send Rickard Rakell To The Penguins

added 5:21pm, Details via the Penguins is below.

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Video- The Philadelphia Flyers Recognize Claude Giroux For 1000 Games Played

Ten minutes to watch.

 

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Good

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins positively punked the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1, on Thursday night — and it wasn’t because the Lightning were banged up, disinterested or mired in a funk.

It was because the Penguins were really good.

Strike that. The Penguins are really good.

Does that mean they’ll make a long playoff run? Not necessarily. The Eastern Conference is so deep that several really good teams will lose early. The point is that the Penguins have proven themselves capable of running the gauntlet. They have proven to be a team worth adding to at the deadline.

The Lightning had won five in a row and were 12-3-1 in their previous 16. They’d only lost twice at home in regulation since Nov. 20 and hadn’t lost one such game since Jan. 8. They’re deep, talented and plenty physical — and you know the Penguins had their attention because any team that shows up with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin has your attention, and because of that 6-2 drubbing in the season opener (from which Crosby and Malkin were absent).

Yet it was the Penguins who charged from the tunnel with jet packs on their backs.

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Reason To Worry In Pittsburgh?

from Ron Cook of the Pitgtsburgh Post-Gazette,

There is no reason for concern, right? The Penguins were due for a couple of bad games. They were coming off a 26-5-4 run, matching the best 35-game stretch in franchise history. There was no way they were going to maintain that pace. There was no way they could.

But …

It was hard not to notice that the Penguins stepped up in class the past two games and came up short each time. They were beaten at home Sunday afternoon by Carolina, 4-3, in a February battle for first place in the Metropolitan Division. They also lost at Toronto to the playoff-bound Maple Leafs, 4-1, Thursday night.

“We need to address [the team’s issues] quickly,” Bryan Rust said. “We’ve got a dogfight for positioning down the stretch.”

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Video- #500 For Sidney Crosby

18th player to score 500 goals with the same francise.

 

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