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Pens Points: Florida Swept

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Penguins shake off the rust to complete their end of a city-wide Florida sweep on Sunday.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins

Coming off an eight day break, the Penguins picked up right where they left off on Sunday and cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Going down 1-0 early into the second period the team responded like they have all year, eventually overwhelming the Lightning to take control and grab their first win of the new year. The victory helped complete a city-wide Florida sweep on Sunday to go along with the Steelers playoff victory over the Dolphins. [Pensburgh]

Next stop for the Pens will be in Washington D.C. for a Metro division showdown against the rival Washington Capitals on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

Before the game, the franchise honored members of the 2009 Stanley Cup team. The weekend was a moment to savor for those for attended. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

The bye week gave players a chance to kick back and enjoy some well deserved R&R before the chase to the playoffs begins. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

A fresh year will give the Pens a chance to put 2016 behind them and refocus on the same goal. [Trib Live]

In the shadow of the season Sidney Crosby is having, Evgeni Malkin is quietly making headlines of his own on the ice. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Patrik Laine has been diagnosed with a concussion after a bone crushing hit against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. [Sportsnet]

The Calgary Flames cooled off the red hot Vancouver Canucks to end their six game win streak. [Sportsnet]

Scary situation for the Dallas Stars on Sunday. The team’s plane had to make an emergency landing shortly after take off due to smoke in the cockpit. No injuries were reported. [Puck Daddy]