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Pens Points: Striking Gold in California

Pens return from California with five points. Crosby returns with goal scoring lead.

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins wrapped up their California swing late Saturday evening/early Sunday morning with a 5-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks in  a Stanley Cup rematch at the same place the Pens hoisted the trophy in June. Sidney Crosby continued his torrid pace with another two goals in the win, giving him the NHL lead. [Pensburgh]

(After Sunday's slate of games Crosby is tied for the league lead in goals with Artem Anisimov of the Chicago Blackhawks and Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets. All three players have 8 goals. Crosby has played 7 less games than each.)

Our friends at Fear the Fin have nice recap of the game and what went wrong for the Sharks. [Fear the Fin]

Returning to the site of their greatest achievement, the Pens have fond memories of the SAP Center. [Trib Live]

The goalie situation will be front and center for as long as both Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray are healthy and on the roster. On Saturday night Mike Sullivan chose Murray in his first difficult decision regarding the two. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Regardless of who Sullivan sends out there the ext few games, both goalies know the long term answer will come down to performance. [Trib Live]

With two days off the recover from the road trip, the Pens will return to the PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night to host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. With five wins in their last six games (and points in all six) the Pens will look to keep the momentum rolling. [Trib Live]

Eventually (I think), Jaromir Jagr will retire from the NHL. He is unquestionably one of the greatest players in league history and will be first ballot Hall of Famer. As one of the most important and controversial players in Penguins' history the franchise will be faced with the decision of retiring his number. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Catching up from a busy weekend in the NHL...

Things went off the rails in Toronto on Saturday night thanks to a hit from Nazem Kadri on Daniel Sedin. [SBNation]

The NHL announced Sunday evening that Kadri will not be suspended for the hit. [Toronto Sun]

The Vancouver Canucks did not agree with the NHL's decision not to suspend Kadri. [NBC Sports]

Former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Marek Svatos was found dead in his home outside of Denver on Sunday. No immediate cause of death was given. Our thoughts are with his family. [Puck Daddy]