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Pens Points: Conquering the Copper and Blue

There’s a recap of last night’s game, Antti Niemi’s fate has been decided, and new backup goalie, Casey DeSmith, is highlighted. More on these topics, as well as more stories in today’s Pens Points!

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Here are your Pens Points for this Wednesday morning...

Last night, Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid met in a Battle of the Superstars. In a low-scoring goalie show, McDavid put the team on his back and tied the game up at 1 with 2 minutes left in the 3rd period. McDavid and Crosby would continue their duel with a 3-on-3 OT session. In the end, the legend himself, Phil Kessel and the Penguins got the last laugh with Phil’s overtime winner! [Recap]

Former Penguins goaltender, Antti Niemi has been claimed off of waivers by... the Florida Panthers. [Litter Box Cats]

Casey DeSmith, the new backup goaltender is hoping to bring his AHL success (3-0-0 record, .965 save percentage) up to the NHL level. [Post-Gazette]

Mike Sullivan doesn’t view the McDavid/Crosby rivalry as “young vs. old.” [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

You’ll want to see this goal from 16-year-old NHL prospect, Jack Hughes. [SB Nation]

Capitals forward, Andre Burakovsky will be out for approximately 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery for his fractured left thumb. [TSN]

Minnesota Wild head coach, Bruce Boudreau was scolded by his 84-year-old mother for a bad coach’s challenge. [Sportsnet]