Friday Pens Points: No More Shanabans

Justin K. Aller

Vokoun leaning to retirement. No more Shanabans. Avs in 1st, Varly breaks Roy's record.

James Neal's 2-goal game was his 15th multi-goal game in the last 3 seasons. Only Stamkos, Ovechkin and Pacioretty have more in that span.

Don't look now, but the Avs are first in Central after beating the Canucks 4-2 and tying the franchise record with 52 wins in a season. Semyon Varlamov got his 41st W of the season, breaking the franchise record of 40, previously held by Patrick Roy. Avs in 1st means Blues and Hawks in round 1.

Brendan Shanahan was named President and Alternate Governor (whatever the heck that might be) of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Didn't quite peg Crankshaft for such a bonehead. Just as a 4-game suspension expires, another hit that raised eyebrows, though he won't have a hearing. Mike Rupp will have a hearing after injuring T.J. Oshie.

Somewhat nervously looking at the Flyers suddenly losing. They drop low enough, hello darkness my old friend.

Last regular season power rankings for 13/14. Pens sit at #8. One sentence sums it up: "This team performs like a Cup contender during shifts that involve Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, and looks like a non-playoff team during shifts that don't."

To say that the Pens 3rd and 4th lines are a work in progress would be an understatement of the century. These guys need to step it up if we are to get out of the first round in one piece.

Vokoun is leaning toward retirement, and the conditioning assignment in Wilkes Barre will be his opportunity to take one last shot at the NHL postseason, should he be needed.

Another concussion-related class action lawsuit against the NHL was filed in a New York district court yesterday. This takes the cake for the shoddiest legal "work" ever. It cites head injuries to "Sydney" Crosby, and states that Gordie Howe died in 2009.

So, I'm gonna be off the grid for a little while. The plan is to hide out in the rain forest until the first round is over. The boys will take good care of you, I'm sure.

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