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Pens Points: Fleury, Third Line Lead the Way

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The Penguins snapped the Canadiens winning ways with a 4-0 shutout. Our friends at EOTP even let Mike Darnay rub it in by having him do a guest recap for their site. [Eyes on the Prize]

Marc-Andre Fleury is 1st goalie in Pens history to post 4 shutouts in a 9-start span. He is 8-1-0 with a 1.56 GAA and .944 SV% in that span. [PPG]

Despite getting outshot, the Pens successfully angled most of the Canadiens attack to the outside, from where Fleury had no trouble with it. [Sportsnet]

Hop one, hop all! Plenty of room on the Beau Bennett bandwagon. [Hockey Buzz]

Blake Comeau did a good job filling in on the top line. The Pens canceled their practice on Wednesday, so we won't be getting an update on Dupuis until tomorrow. [PPG]

Defenseman Olli Maatta made his return to the ice, and was quietly effective. He couldn't stop smiling after the game. We hope all his health issues are in the past. [Trib - Yohe]

The Toronto Maple Leafs got trashed by the Predators to the tune of 9-2, despite getting 0 points from James Neal. More sweaters hit the ice. [Yahoo Sports Canada]

How hot is Randy Carlyle's seat? Toronto has lost 3 straight games, the last two to Buffalo and Nashville by a combined 15-4. It should be pretty darn hot. [Globe & Mail]

Bigger and stronger than when he was drafted, Predators forward Filip Forsberg is blossoming into an NHL star. [Globe & Mail]

San Jose Sharks fell to the Sabres in a half-empty arena in snowed-in Buffalo and are now 0-2 to the Sabres on the season. The Sabres earned a franchise-record 8th straight win over the Sharks. [The Score]

Does Eric Lindros belong in the Hall of Fame? I'm on the fence. Either way, no way he should go before Peter Forsberg, you can forget that one. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

NHL Coach Tracker: The Mojo of Mike Babcock. [The Hockey Writers]

NHL GMs vote to end ice scraping before OT. Ice crews will be used instead. Well I for one am glad this hugely important issue has been decided. []

Despite battling stage 4 cancer, it's business as usual for Senators GM Bryan Murray: 'We live our lives'. Great article by Nick Cotsonika. [Yahoo Sports]

The inner workings of the NHL Player Safety Department. It's a good read. [Star Tribune]

NHL Tankapalooza: the race to the bottom and two of the biggest prospect in years. The latest from Katie Baker is, as always, a must-read. [Grantland]

Is losing the Hurricanes' winning move? A terrific read by Scott Burnside. [ESPN]

The next great two-way center? Colin White headlines The Hot List. [The Hockey News]

Oh dear god, how stupid is this? World Cup of Hockey could feature separate all-star teams. [Eye on Hockey]

Adjust the entirety of NHL scoring history for era effects and some remarkable things appear. Like, look at those Penguins. Recommended read of the day. [Copper & Blue]

The Great Gordie Howe. What an amazing tribute to one of the all-time greats by Keith Olbermann. [The Hockey News]