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Good morning one and all,

The eagle has landed! Kasperi Kapanen played his first AHL game last night, and took him oh, about 5 seconds to score a goal. Your move, Crosby. [Citizens Voice]

Well, at least the baby Pens are headed to the playoffs. Hey I wouldn't mind that Kapanen, Megna, Rust line about now. JK. Nice work and good luck. [Times Tribune]

Over here the big boys are grasping for some answers and solutions for stopping their late-season slide. [PPG]

What is the Penguins identity, anyway? Not sure that I really get the point of this but there it is. [PPG]

Mike Johnston gets a passing grade from Jim Rutherford, who says he did a "very good job". [Trib]

The fact that Mike Johnston is not fighting for his job seems to be the prevailing sentiment. [PPG]

Penguins are looking for more and better contributions from role players. [Trib]

The blue line remains battered, as Pouliot's status for Friday night remains unknown. [Trib]

Here is a podcast with Mike Asti and Mike Colligan talking Pens hockey on the PI airwaves yesterday. Good stuff, as always. [BlogTalk Radio]

This was tweeted to us. Apparently Craig Adams does have fans. A tribute to a long career. [Vimeo]

The Caps are on a roll, as they shut out the Bruins for the third consecutive time. Braden Holtby faced 88 shots from the Bs this season and stopped them all, prompting this hilarious update to their Wikipedia page. [The Score]

Check out this Evgeny Kuznetsov no-look pass to set up a goal. He is going to be so much fun to watch. []

Vancouver Canucks are dishing out some super ill-advised contract extensions. Gonna be fun next year when Vrbata needs to be extended. []

Jimmy Fallon had some fun on the account of goofy-looking NHLers as they head to the playoffs. Here are your Tonight Show Superlatives, 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff edition. [You Tube]

And just because it's Thursday and we all need something to cheer us up, here it is: back to May 26, 1991 we go, as Mario & Co. demolish Minnesota 8-0 to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Enjoy! [You Tube]