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Pens Points: Penguins are the toast of the league

News and notes around the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are getting plenty of praise and respect around the league after the roll they have been on lately.

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Plenty of praise around the internet for the Pittsburgh Penguins

Pens are peaking at the right time. [SBN Hockey]

Pens are gathering steam. [ESPN]

In somewhat breaking news, the Pens signed one of their top college prospects, Jake Guentzel, to an amateur tryout contract. He will report to Wilkes-Barre. [WBS Penguins]

Pittsburgh is kicking some serious ass against division opponents. [Trib]

Penguins vs. Capitals would be an epic playoff match. [USA Today]

If Brian Dumoulin has to miss time it could throw a wrench into the defense pairings that have been working so well lately. [Trib]

Conor Sheary is a little player but can have a big impact. [Post-Gazette]

Sidney Crosby was named the NHL's 1st star of the week. [Pensburgh]

Coach Sully talked with Wysh and Jeff for almost 20 minutes in a wide-ranging interview about Crosby, playing with speed, the Pens mentality in December vs. now and a lot more. [Puck Daddy]

The Flyers did the Pens a solid by beating the Islanders, making it more likely Pittsburgh ends up in the 2/3 playoff matchup. [ESPN]

Scary moment last night with a ref nearly jumping accidentally on Henrik Lundqvist's arm. Luckily the worst was avoided. [SBNNHL]

Did you know Eric Fehr wrote a children's book with a positive message about bullying? Well he did, check it out if you're a parent, I know you need a new book to put in the nightly rotation for the little ones. []

William Nylander had his first 3 point game last night to lead Toronto to a win. []

Old friend Eric Tangradi has fit in well in the Detroit organization, and yesterday he signed a contract with a down-side guarantee of $300,000 (plus a $50,000 signing bonus) for two years to stay there. Good for him. [Winging it in Motown]

The University of Minnesota's Hudson Fasching has turned pro and signed with Buffalo. He's expected to play in the NHL very soon and burn a year of his entry-level contract. I liked him back with Team USA at the WJC's, it'll be interesting to see what impact he can make at the professional level. [SBN College Hockey]

An in-depth look at the rebuilding effort for Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils, it's going to take time, patience and a whole lot of smart decisions to get them back up to contender level. [All About the Jersey]

Finishing last in the NHL means very little for draft lottery success. [TSN]

Thursday night the Pens are collecting pet supplies for the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center, so if you're going to the game consider bringing something for those that could use it. [Penguins]

And, finally, happy birthday to one of the coolest cats in town, Dan Potash.