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Pens Points Thursday: Evgeni Malkin's highlight goal, Jagr and the Czechs and more

Evgeni Malkin and Marian Hossa score sweet goals, Jagr is ready to lead the Czechs and the rest of the league is ready to go on vacation...All this and more in today's Pens Points

Sean Rudyk

Olympic time means vacations and some relaxation for the players not heading to Sochi. Tanner Glass: European Vacation, in theaters this summer! [Post-Gazette]

One player who might not get that vacation is James Neal, now that Steven Stamkos has had to withdraw from Team Canada. Neal joins Martin St. Louis, Eric Staal, Claude Giroux and Taylor Hall (among others) as replacement options for the Canadians, so it's hard to feel too sorry for them. [Puck Daddy]

Jaromir Jagr is ready to lead Team Czech. [PG]

It must be almost playoff time, because clutching and grabbing is on the rise. [Tribune Review]

Recap: Sidney Crosby snaps slump as Pens roll. [Trib]

Throw Ray Whitney, Radim Vrbata and David Legwand into the rental player stew. [TSN- McKenzie]

Kerry Fraser talks reffing and drops some 4-1-1 about rules. [TSN]

The headline is "Oilers look to other teams as model for future success" but there's no word if the Sabres and Panthers are the team they're modeling. []

Maran Hossa scored a sweet goal last night. [SB Nation Hockey]

And Evgeni Malkin 's goal is getting some love too. [SBN]