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Pens Points: The Wait Continues

Crosby returns home still two points shy of 1,000. Pens comeback late to salvage point in the desert.

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Down two goals in the third period for the second time in five days, the Penguins were once again able to rally late and salvage a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Recent call up Josh Archibald tallied twice, including a shorthanded goal off a Mike Smith blunder to ignite the rally. With less than fifteen seconds left Phil Kessel corralled a loose puck in the crease and sent the game to overtime tied at 3-3. In the extra frame the Coyotes successfully killed off a Pens power play and scored moments later to capture the extra point. [Pensburgh]

On the recent two game road trip that took the team to Colorado and Arizona the Pens were able to collect three out of a possible four points that were available to them. Perhaps more importantly, they had the chance to create everlasting memories with their fathers during the annual Dad’s Trip. [Penguins]

Though it was rumored he may return against the Coyotes, Evgeni Malkin was scratched from the contest and forced to miss his seventh consecutive game. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

The Penguins have made giving back to the community a high priority for years and captain Sidney Crosby has done more than his fair share of giving back since he arrived back in 2005. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Twenty-eight games are still left on the schedule this season and the schedule is setting up nicely for the Pens to make a run for home ice advantage to open the playoffs and possibly even take over the Capitals for the Metro Division. [Trib Live]

Phil was not the only Kessel to shine over the weekend. Amanda Kessel scored a hat trick in her side’s victory on Sunday in the NWHL All-Star game hosted in Pittsburgh. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

An ugly incident occurred between the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild on Sunday afternoon. In retaliation for a cross check, Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist appeared to intentionally high stick Wild forward Jared Spurgeon in the face. [Puck Daddy]

The NHL’s expansion to Las Vegas will test the sport’s appeal and where the league stands going forward. [CNBC]