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Pens Points: Pens Open Second Half With A Bang

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Last night the Pens picked up the last two points that will come easy, but every point is important heading into a 4-game stretch against the Islanders, Rangers, Flyers and Blackhawks in a span of 6 days. Here are the recaps of the Minnesota thumping:

Ryan Suter will have himself a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his "accidental" (not really) elbow on Steve Downie. [Penguins Sauce]

Sid is awesome. Everyone knows that (haha) but it's nice to see other teams' beat writers spell out what a good dude The Kid grew up to be. [Star Tribune]

From that conversation, Sid's vote of confidence for Mike Yeo and his memories of JP Parise. [Star Tribune]

To fire or not to fire Mike Yeo? The opinions are many, but the one that matters belongs to the senior management of the Minnesota Wild that, for now, has no intention of putting this guy out of his misery. [The Score]

As a strange coincidence, the odds of Yeo being the next coach fired stood at 7-2 before yesterday's game. Then his team went out and got beat by that same score. The Wild problems, however, run much, much deeper than Mike Yeo. [Star-Tribune]

The Pens made the sad Olli Maatta news official last night. Young defenseman's sophomore season from hell will formally end today when he undergoes his second shoulder and third overall surgery in a span of 7 months. [Trib]

The Islanders shut out the Rangers at MSG for the first time since 1975. No one on their roster was alive the last time this happened. [Inside Hockey]

The Buffalo Sabres retired all-time great Dominik Hasek's #39 last night. He was something else, that Dominator guy. [The Hockey News]

Paul Maurice earned win #500 in the NHL as Mathieu Perreault potted four goals last night. Congratulations to both. [You Tube]

For some laughs at the end, watch a junior hockey player, freshly ejected from the game, clothesline himself as he exits the ice. [Pro Hockey Talk]

Oh, and Slava Kozlov's still got IT. [YouTube]