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Pens Points: Crushed in Canada’s Capital

Pens drop 4-1 decision to Ottawa to lose consecutive regulation games for first time in a year.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in over a calendar year, the Penguins lost consecutive games in regulation after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. Ottawa jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. Conor Sheary gave the Pens a glimmer of hope with a powerplay goal in the dying seconds of the second period but it mattered little in the end. Matt Murray made his return to action after suffering an injury before the bye week. [Pensburgh]

The Pens will have the day off to rest from the back-to-back games then return to the ice tomorrow night at Joe Louis Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings. Game time is set for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast locally on ROOT Sports.

Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel has been reassigned to Wilkes/Barre-Scranton. [Penguins]

Is Justin Schultz an All-Star snub? His play so far this season presents a convincing argument. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

After bursting onto the scene last year, Conor Sheary and Bryan Rust are thriving in their first full season in the NHL. [Trib Live]

As we saw last night against the Sens and Wednesday night against the Caps, the Penguins penalty kill continues to be an major problem near the mid point of the season. [Trib Live]

There are many factors that lead to a team’s ability to make a deep Stanley Cup run. One of the most important is goaltending. That may make trading Marc-Andre Fleury a tough proposition for the team. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Just because they wear the colors and play in the city doesn’t mean they pull for all the local teams. With the Steelers in the midst of a playoff run, some players are hiding their true colors. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

A couple of Carolina Hurricanes players had some fun with teammate Ryan Murphy after practice on Thursday. [Puck Daddy]

P.K. Subban returned to practice with the Nashville Predators for the first time since being injured on December 15th. [NHL]