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Pens raise franchise's fourth championship banner. Begin Cup defense with shootout win over the Capitals.

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Pens wrapped up their Stanley Cup celebrations with a pregame ceremony and raising of the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup banner. [Puck Daddy]

The rival Washington Capitals tried to spoil the festivities to no avail as the Penguins claimed a 3-2 shootout victory to begin their title defense. [Pensburgh]

Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin scored the Pens goals. Marc-Andre Fleury made 39 saves in the victory. [NHL.com]

Selection of post game quotes from around the locker room on the ceremony, game, and victory. [Penguins]

Our friends at Japers' Rink have the recap from the Caps point of view. [Japers' Rink]

The Penguins next game is Saturday, October 15th when the Anaheim Ducks make their yearly visit to the 'Burgh.

Earlier in the afternoon, Penguins' president David Morehouse announced the team was no long up for sale. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Bryan Rust spent the summer recovering from a broken finger but it appears his injury woes go back much farther than the playoffs. [Trib Live]

To raise awareness for pet adoption, the Pens players spent time with some furry friends for an annual fundraiser (VIDEO). [Penguins]

Quick hits from around the NHL on the second night of regular season action...

Buffalo Sabres' forward Evander Kane was taken to the hospital following a scary collision into the end boards. [Puck Daddy]

The Florida Panthers wore special warm up jerseys to honor late Florida Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez. [Deadspin]

Jonathan Quick was placed on IR by the Los Angeles Kings today with a lower body injury. Former Penguins' goalie Jeff Zatkoff will assume the starting role with Quick is sidelined. [Los Angeles Times]