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Penguin links: Pens punish Lovejoy for losing shootout competition

Worse punishment for losing the shootout competition at practice: serving everyone Gatorade, growing a mustache for a month (see Goligoski, Alex), or having to climb over the glass and ascend an empty arena?  I'd say the facial hair would be the worst. [ check the bottom entry]

Great article (from yesterday) about the Penguins marketing campaign and a look at how the Penguins are developing their brand. [Tribune Review]

Jordan Staal is one of about six forwards reportedly fighting for two or three spots, he may be closer than we realize to making it. [Tribune Review]

For his part, Marc-Andre Fleury, may have clinched a spot on Team Canada, but does it matter if he's not going to see any playing time behind Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo? [The Hockey News]

Don't adjust your television: the Penguins will be the debut opponent for the Panthers' new third jersey tonight. []

Interesting nugget: Wilkes-Barre's Dustin Jeffrey is tied for 13th in the AHL in points, yet he only has one goal on the season (and that came on a penalty shot). [Penguins Insider]

A look at why Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk got an extra minor penalty for "instigating with a visor" and why this opens up a lot more questions [Hockey Independent]

The Penguins are 6th in Yahoo's! power rankings.  Take note that there's three teams in the Atlantic Division in the top 8.  Yeesh.  [Yahoo!]

Tyler Kennedy is back to practicing, promising to take it slow this time in his recovery. He may be the next player to return from injury, but no word yet if it'll be tonight. [Steel City Sports Fan]

Did everyone see this goal by David Perron?  It probably will be a goal of the year contender. [Puck Daddy]

Despite not playing a game since the 2006-07 season, Mike Rathje is still on the payroll (but not on the salary cap) of the Philadelphia Flyers. [Kuklas Korner]

Former Penguin Georges Laraque could be staring down the barrel of at least a 5 game suspension for his knee-on-knee hit with Detroit's Nikas Kronwall.  Even though the Red Wing's defenseman will miss significant time with injury, Big Georges says he is "not concerned" because he had no intent and there was only a two-minute penalty called.  Methinks BGL's in for a big shock when the NHL suspends him for a while. [TSN]