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Pens Points: Alberta Boys

Pens knock off Oilers 3-2 to take round 1 of showdown against Alberta teams. Flames on deck tonight. Powerplay shines again but Pens want more from 5-on-5 play. Letang wants to improve own play. Concussion free, Matt Hunwick returns to practice. No Jagr for Flames tonight.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off back-to-back losses over the weekend the Penguins were able to get back in the win column Wednesday night with a 3-2 comeback victory over Conner McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. Once again, the power-play did the heavy lifting for the Pens, scoring two goals but it was Conor Sheary’s 5-on-5 tally in the dying seconds of the second period that pulled the Pens even and gave them the momentum going into the final period. Evgeni Malkin scored the eventual game winner on the man advantage with under eight minutes remaining and Matt Murray made some ten bell saves in the last minute to preserve the win. [Pensburgh]

Hopefully everyone had a good nights sleep because there is no rest for weary on western road trips. Alberta part two is on tap tonight when the Pens take on the Calgary Flames. Game time is scheduled for 9 PM and will be broadcast on AT&T Sports Network.

Now, here are your daily dose of Pens Points for this Thursday morning...

So far this season the Pens have had no issue putting goals on the board via the power play, but what the team needs is more scoring during 5-on-5 play to supplement their scoring once the power play scoring begins to level out. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

While the plus/minus stat is not viewed as significant as it once was, it can still show a trend in a player’s game. A month into the season, Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang currently owns the worst +/- in the league and he acknowledges his play needs to improve to help the team. [Trib Live]

Until the Penguins begin to play more consistent hockey from game to game, questions about what is wrong with the team will continue to linger. [ESPN]

Sidelined with a concussion since a game against the Florida Panthers on October 14th, newly acquired defenseman Matt Hunwick is symptom free and returned to practice with his teammates yesterday in Edmonton. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Head coach Mike Sullivan will be the featured speaker during the Penguins inaugural “On Goal” speaker series on November 8th in Pittsburgh. [Penguins]

The long saga of what to do with the old Civic Arena location is still ongoing but Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an update on the situation saying city officials are working towards an agreement with the franchise on development of the area. [Trib Live]

Later this evening, the Penguins will complete the Alberta portion of their Western Canada road trip when they face-off against the Calgary Flames. Unfortunately, the Flames will be without Jaromir Jagr when the puck drops against the his former team. Jagr was placed on injured reserve on October 23rd with a lower body injury. [Fan Rag Sports]

Scoring his 300th career goal in overtime last week against the Winnipeg Jets, Phil Kessel joined an elite group of American goal scorers with the tally. [The Hockey Writers]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Ever since breaking into the league as a teenager, controversy has followed Tyler Seguin and now he has done himself no favors with his questionable comments on the language barrier in the NHL. [Yahoo! Sports]

After being diagnosed with cancer prior to the start of the season, Brian Boyle made his debut for the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks. [Sporting News]