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Pens Points: The Boys Are Back

Just two more days until the Pens are back in action. Guentzel and Jarry named AHL All-Stars.

Montreal Canadiens v Pittsburgh Penguins

Well they might be quite back to playing but the team is back in town and back to practice as they prepare for the second half of the season.

The Penguins penalty kill has been less than stellar at times this season but as is often the case, their best penalty killer has been the one between the pipes. [Trib Live]

What happens when you make it to the NHL only to find out the players up there are much bigger and faster than you’ve ever played against? Well if you’re Bryan Rust you adapt your game and use the tools you have. [Trib Live]

You may not have heard but the Columbus Blue Jackets seem to be on somewhat of a roll as of late. They’ve won sixteen straight games and entered Thursday night one win shy of tying the 1993 Penguins for the longest win streak in league history. Members of that ‘93 squad are well aware of what Columbus has been up to. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Making the jump from the AHL to the NHL is no small task and can often be a nerve racking experience for players. Luckily the Pens have a system in place that helps these players have an easy of a transition as possible. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Congratulation are in order for a pair of Baby Pens. Goaltender Tristan Jarry and forward Jake Guentzel were named to the AHL All-Star game. [Penguins]

A quick look at the top prospects for the Penguins heading into 2017. [Fan Rag]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Could we see an expanded NHL playoff field in the future including a wild card type play in game? [Puck Daddy]

It took 60 minutes of regulation, an extra 20 of overtime, and 10 shooters in the shootout but in the end the United States came out on top over Canada in one of the best games you’ll ever see to win gold at the World Junior Championships. [USA Hockey]

Mario Lemieux and the rest of the 1993 Pens team can pop those champagne bottles. The Washington Capitals soundly defeated the Blue Jackets on Thursday night 5-0 and in the process ended their winning streak at sixteen games, one win shy of tying the Pens for the longest in NHL history. [Japers Rink]