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Pens Points: Storm Weathered

Pens put up uneven effort in victory over the Hurricanes. Stadium Series ready to take on any weather.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

After suffering their first regulation loss since January on Sunday, the Pens wasted no time bouncing back and jumped right back in the win column with a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Goals by Scott Wilson, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin paced the Pens on the scoreboard and Matt Murray made those goals stand up, stopping 29 of 30 shots thrown his way. [Pensburgh]

Rain and mild temperatures caused the 2011 Winter Classic to be delayed until the evening making it the first outdoor game to be played under the lights. Should we see a similar situation on Saturday the NHL is prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws their way. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

To win the Stanley Cup teams have to find another gear to survive the grueling final months of the season. Like last year, the Pens are hoping to hit that gear in the very near future. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Rumors are flying everywhere with the trade deadline approaching. Knowing that the Pens are likely in the market for a defenseman could Kyle Quincey wind up in the black and gold come March 1st? []

Everyone knows how demanding the NHL season is on the players. That puts added pressure on the training staff to keep guys healthy especially as teams are fighting for a spot in the playoffs. [Penguins]

Blake Wheeler was displeased that teammate Jacob Trouba was suspended for a hit similar to one laid on him by Evgeni Malkin that went unpunished by the league. [ESPN]

News and notes from around the NHL...

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Toronto Maple Leafs will wear special throwbacks during a March 18 game against the the Chicago Blackhawks. The special green jersey will throw it back to the 1920’s when the team sported a green and brown ensemble before being rebranded. [Puck Daddy]

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos returned to the ice for the first time since having knee surgery in November. [Sporting News]