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Pens avoid sweep. Kane out 12 weeks. Kings trade for Sekera.

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The Pens finally broke through last night and avoided being swept for the season by the Capitals. The rivalry night was just a tad heated. [CBS Sports]

In his postgame presser, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz spent 10 minutes listing things he didn't like about his team in this game, obviously topped with the 7 penalties in the second period. [Washington Post]

Pens acquired depth forward Daniel Winnik in a trade with the Maple Leafs. Apparently Rutherford was in on him for a while and the offer solidified in the last 48 hours. [Yahoo Sports Canada]

Interesting Q&A at the Pens trade deadline round table. [Pens Initiative]

What do the fancy stats say about trade deadline targets? [FiveThirtyEight]

LA Kings needed a puck-moving defenseman and got their guy in Andrej Sekera. What does he bring to the table? [Jewels from the Crown]

Power play opportunities are in decline (well not last night but in general), and that has affected scoring over the last decade. [Hockey Prospectus]

Mark Giordano was injured toward the end of last night's game in New Jersey. As of right now the extent of the injury is unclear. [Sportsnet]

The extent of Patrick Kane injury is now known, as he already underwent surgery on his fractured clavicle and will be out 12 weeks. [USA Today]

Former Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor was honored at the Rangers-Flames game in New York on Tuesday. Forever an American hero. [Blueshirts United]

Great read from Chris Peters on the incredible growth American hockey has seen since the Miracle in 1980. [CBS Sports]

Sidney Crosby's skills are ridiculous. If you haven't already, check out his GoPro video. Totally sick. Then check out the way he returns Patric Hornqvist's stick to him in the closing seconds of last night's game. [Gfycat]

This Connor McDavid guy has some insane skills too. Check out his end-to-end goal last night. [YouTube]

Just for laughs. Eric Lindros filed a defamation lawsuit against former referee Paul Stewart, who wrote a widely read and disseminated 2014 article on exactly how big of a douchenozzle Eric Lindros is. Good luck with that. [CBS Sports]