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Pens Points: And The Saga Continues

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Good morning one and all,

Last night sucked. I was gulping wine from a plastic cup, Ron Burkle-style. The Pens are not limping toward the playoffs, they are on a stretcher and being carried across the finish line. But will they get there on time? We'll see. First up, here are last night's recaps:

Post-game thoughts and player evaluations from Pens Nation

Three impressions from Mike Johnston

Trib recap from Josh Yohe

PPG recap from Dave Molinari

Recap with gifs from Penguins Sauce

Associated Press recap on Yahoo Sports

Basically what we're seeing is not exactly a collapse. A long stretch of injuries and other factors are catching up. The Pens have built themselves a decent cushion, which is why they still have a chance, though. [Hockey Buzz]

*How Penguins' trade deadline moves panned out (or didn't). A terrific read. [Today's Slapshot]

*Here is a great read about the Penguins myths vs. reality. It was a little late for yesterday's post, but I recommend you read it anyway. [Hockey Buzz]

*Another one I recommend reading is Seth Rorabaugh's game blog, which has some interesting comparative information about current assemblage of the Pens vs. the Sens. [PPG]

The New York Rangers have clinched the Presidents' Trophy. Well done. A year after everyone thought their high was making it to SCF, they are even better. Devils, not so much. [New York Times]

The Islanders' bid to clinch a playoff spot was spoiled by the Flyers in a spectacular fashion last night. [New York Times]

Red Wings won thanks to their captain Henrik Zetterberg bursting out of his goal drought. [Detroit Free Press]

If the Pens are on a stretcher, the Los Angeles Kings' playoff hopes are on life support after they lost to the Edmonton Oilers. [LA Times]

The Calgary Flames were the direct beneficiary of Edmonton's efforts. What Alberta hate? The Flames were very appreciative afterwards. [Sportsnet]

Ducks goalies await word on who will start in the playoffs. That's a good problem to have. Or maybe not. [LA Times]

*Now that we have the news out of the way, here is a great story about Olli Maatta's brother Antti and his long-time devotion to the Penguins over in Finland. []

Kasperi Kapanen is ready to contribute to the WBS Pens playoff effort. What can be expected from him? [Citizen Voice]

*Here is another great read: an in-depth analysis (in two parts) of elite defensemen by Kevin Shattenkirk. The link will open Part I and from there you can go to Part II. [The Players' Tribune]

And for the end, this just in: the Erie Otters file for bankruptcy as they continue to fight off attempts by the Edmonton Oilers to acquire the team. []

*, recommended read