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Pens Points: Penguins riding high after weekend domination of top rivals

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Monday morning links are a little sweeter when you come off a weekend of destroying the Flyers and Capitals in back-to-back days.

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Good morning one and all.

Recaps of the Pens/Caps game

  • TSN
  • Post-Gazette
  • The scary moment of the game last night was Brian Dumoulin leaving after a heavy hit from Alex Ovechkin. As usual, not much in the way of a huge update (and the team is off-today) but Trevor Daley did mention post-game that Dumo "is going to be OK". [Brian Metzer twitter]

    Great article by Gretz on how the Penguins have turned around their season to become one of the best teams in the league. [CBS Sports]

    Pittsburgh wasn't the only team in the organization to beat a Washington team, as the WB/S Penguins took down the Hershey Bears 6-5 in a thrilling OT game. [WBSPens]

    That game also saw Kael Mouillierat score a highlight reel goal

    And, lest we forget that other game of domination, a look at the 2nd period of Saturday's game where the Penguins really started to smoke the Flyers [Broad St Hockey]

    Sticking with the Flyers, their goalie depth will be tested now that it's known Michal Neuvirth is out for the next 3 weeks. So basically if they make a push to the playoffs it is up to Steve Mason. [ESPN]

    Why does everyone he plays against seem to hate Bryan Rust? [Trib]

    One more in injury news, old friend David Perron left yesterday's game with an arm/shoulder injury and didn't return. Hopefully it's not a bad injury as he's been great (20 points in 27 games) with Anaheim. [ABC News]

    President Frank Underwood err Kevin Spacey attended a Panthers game and seemed to have a great time too. That's always fun to see a celebrity embrace the sport and the fans reciprocate. Spacey in Space >>>>>> those stupid damn rats [Puck Daddy]

    Can the Sabres afford to pay Steven Stamkos $11 million in the long-term? Looks like yes. [Die by the Blade]

    The Minnesota Wild are making Thomas Vanek and his $6.5 million cap hit a healthy scratch. [The Hockey News]

    The 2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament bracket has been announced, where unless I missed something the only Pens prospect to participate will be Boston U goalie Sean Maguire. [SBN College Hockey]

    And, finally, congrats to Amanda Kessel and the Minnesota Golden Gophers for their recent national championship win. Amanda's career had to be put on hold for a Crosby-like year+ due to concussion issues, but she was able to return for her final semester and scored what ended up being the game-winning-goal. Congrats! [SBN College Hockey]