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Good morning one and all,

The Pens fell to the Bruins last night, 3-2 in OT. Here are a few of the recaps:

Three impressions from Bill Guerin and Sam Kassan []

Full recap with all the GIFs [Penguins Sauce]

Dave Molinari's recap for the Post-Gazette [PPG]

Shelly Anderson's recap [Sports Xchange]

Jason Mackey's recap for Tribune Sports [Trib]

Two of last night's best moving images: Beau Bennett with another hysterical photobomb of a Pierre McGuire interview, and the spectacular sell job Tukka Rask does on the disallowed Craig Adams goal.

Scott Harrington was officially assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to make room for Paul Martin's return. [PPG]

Taz on skates Bobby Farnham was also sent down this morning. []

The Pens will complete one-half of their season during the weekend. Despite the numerous setbacks, the prevailing sense is that Jim Rutherford has assembled a good team that is playing well under first-year HC Mike Johnston. [PPG]

The Bruins are currently sitting at the 9th place in the Eastern Conference, but the Penguins expect them to bounce back. [Trib]

The schedule is a little less hectic these days, which is only a good thing for the team trying to recover from all the injuries and illnesses. [PPG]

The proposed redevelopment of the Civic Arena site has hit a snag and incited a lawsuit, which the Penguins are intervening in. [Trib]

Allegheny County health officials are stumped by the mumps outbreak that has affected not only the Penguins but also some of the local schools in Mercer County, where even classes were canceled earlier this week as a precaution. [PPG]

Marcel Goc was supposed to play in his 600th NHL game last night, but was instead scratched with an unspecified illness that was not disclosed. [Trib]

David Perron is quickly finding his niche with the Penguins. His dangerous shot is a weapon that had been sorely missing since the departure of sniper James Neal. [PPG]

Michelle Crechiolo wrote about Scuderi's quiet play speaking volumes before last night's game. One time the fearsome fivesome of Scuderi-Despres-Ebbett-Sill-Adams was on the ice together I just closed my eyes and hoped the shift would end without the Bruins scoring. []

Let's cheer ourselves up and talk about what's new north of the border, where the Toronto Uncoachables clearly didn't get the message about playing defense. Of course, the solution has to be to trade Phil Kessel. You can't make this stuff up. [Globe & Mail]

Besides Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul also could be on the move. This is getting better and better. []

Mt. Yeo erupted yesterday on the unsuspecting Minnesota Wild players. Oof. [Star Tribune]

Their main problem has been very unsteady goaltending, which has Minnesota exploring the trade market. Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth, Viktor Fasth and Martin Brodeur are all potential targets. [Star-Tribune]

Johnny Boychuk, Marc Staal, Christian Ehrhoff, Carl Soderberg and Mike Green tops Kevin Allen’s list of this season’s top-25 unrestricted free agents. [USA Today]

Try and stay warm wherever you are.