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Last night the Pens held their annual bowling charity event, Pens and Pins, which benefited Make a Wish Foundation of PA/WV. Here is a recap and pictures from the event. Simon Despres is a serious bowler, it seems. [Penguins.com]

Beau Bennett feels the pain of sitting out games. Especially since perennial scrubs are still playing over him. Well obviously he's properly enough brought up to not say it like that. [Trib]

David Peart, the Penguins senior VP of sales and services, has resigned for a job outside of the Pittsburgh area. [Trib]

Blake Comeau is nearly ready to rejoin the Penguins lineup. How much he can help with the noted possession woes remains to be seen. [PPG]

Patric Hornqvist's recent return to the lineup was much leaner than anticipated, production-wise. [PPG]

A great trip down memory lane from Seth Rorabaugh, who recalls Tom Barrasso's previously heald single-season shutout record. [Empty Netters]

Geno gave a nice interview to Russian sports outlet Sovetsky Sport (original here). It's actually a very good interview, though poorly translated; besides bad grammar, most of the meaning comes through OK. [The Hockey Writers]

The Pens play the Red Wings tomorrow night, who have themselves a bit of a goaltending controversy, as Peter Mrazek is getting more starts over the official starter Jimmy Howard. [Detroit Free Press]

Last night the Devils honored Patrik Elias for scoring 400 goals, 600 assists, and 1000 points. I was watching Hockey Central on Sunday when the dufuses in the studio said "We may need to have a Hall of Fame conversation about Elias". Good grief. There is no conversation, Elias belongs in the Hall. [NHL.com]

David Clarkson and his bloated contract are now sitting in the press box. His tenure in Toronto is turning ugly. [Sportsnet]

The next cover of The Hockey News will feature Phil Kessel under the headline, ''Is This The Face of a Coach Killer?'' I was literally one of their 12 remaining print subscribers, but finally they stooped low enough to make me cancel it. [The Hockey News]

Connor McDavid says it'd be "a dream come true" to be a Leaf. Careful what you wish for, kid, though part of me wants this to happen. [Sportsnet]