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Pens Points: Crosby Answers the Boo Birds

Pens open road trip with victory over in state rival Flyers

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins made it three straight wins on Saturday evening with a 5-4 victory over the hated Philadelphia Flyers. Captain Sidney Crosby continued his scorching start to the season with two goals in the first period only seconds apart. Matt Cullen notched his second of the year to give the Pens the lead at the end of the first period. Evgeni Malkin stayed out of the penalty box and scored two goals himself, including the game winner. [Pensburgh]

Hopefully you don't mind giving up some sleep because after a few days off the Pens will head out west to complete their annual California swing beginning Wednesday in Anaheim.

With Crosby returning last week and Matt Murray's season debut on the horizon, they are just one piece away from a fully healthy roster. That may soon come as Kris Letang eyes a return during the California trip. [Trib Live]

Last season when Jim Rutherford traded for Justin Schultz many wondered if a change a scenery would revitalize his career. So far that seems to be the case as he's filled in admirably on the power play for Kris Letang. [NBC Sports]

Even with Letang in the lineup the Pens have struggled on the blue line so far this season. Luckily, they still have plenty of time to mesh and fox their issues. [Today's Slapshot]

As mentioned earlier, Murray seems destined to back in the lineup sometime this week. When that happens, does he become the de facto No. 1 goaltender? [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Looking even further down the line, is it possible the Penguins could come out of the expansion draft with both Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray still on the roster? [The Hockey Writers]

Catching up on happenings from around the rest of the league...

Ottawa Senators' goalie Craig Anderson revealed over the weekend that his wife has been diagnosed with cancer. Our thoughts are with the entire Anderson family and we hope for a full recovery. [Ottawa Citizen]

Reports say the NHL will not be making any major changes to the All-Star voting system to prevent another John Scott type situation. [Sportsnet]

Jaroslav Halak could be dealt by the New York Islanders after he was reportedly put on the trading block following critical comments by his agents Allan Walsh. [Puck Daddy]