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Pens Points: Party Spoiled

Pens raise fifth Stanley Cup banner to the rafter but the night is spoiled as they drop opener in overtime to Blues. Don’t panic through the ups and downs of a season. Pens core grateful for their time together.

St Louis Blues v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images

For a second consecutive season the Penguins raised a Stanley Cup banner to the rafter of PPG Paints Arena before beginning another title defense. Unlike last season, the Pens didn’t end the night celebrating a win. Down 4-2 late in the third period against the St. Louis Blues the Pens fought back and tied the game on the power play. Goals by Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary tied the game a 4-4 but Blues’ defenseman Alex Pietrangelo beat Matt Murray in overtime to give the Blues a 5-4 overtime win to spoil the party. [Pensburgh]

Joining several other franchise around the sporting world, the Penguins announced a donation to the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and to the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

As the sun began to rise on Pittsburgh Wednesday morning the Pens fan base hit social media to celebrate hockey season finally arriving. [Trib Live]

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the Pens fan in your life then head on over to the Penguins Foundation webpage where you can bid on historic locker room items that were stored in a vault and recently opened. [Penguins]

Coming off a second consecutive Stanley Cup and an offseason that saw a handful of familiar faces leave town, the Penguins still enter the new season as the team to beat and the odds on favorite to win a third straight Stanley Cup. [ESPN]

Over the course of an 82 game schedule that spans from early fall to early spring there will be plenty of ups and downs along the way. When things aren’t going the Penguins’ way just try not to panic and remember everything will be fine. [The Incline]

In a salary cap world keeping a core together for as long as the Pens have can be very difficult to do. Over a decade of playing together is not something Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang take lightly and it is something they hope to continue to do for another decade. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

File this under “I’ll believe it when I see it” but 45 year old Jaromir Jagr says he is 99.9% certain this will be his final NHL season. [Sportsnet]

Prior to their season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets announced they had signed winger Nikolaj Ehlers to a seven year contract extension. [Winnipeg Free Press]