A big weekend against two teams that had their way with the Penguins earlier this season broke in favor of the good guys as the Pens swept the weekend with wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets and the St. Louis Blues. Friday night the Pens knocked off the division rival Blue Jackets in overtime on a goal by Phil Kessel and followed it up the next night with a dominating 4-1 victory over the Blues with Sidney Crosby recording two goals and an assist to lead the way. [Pensburgh/Pensburgh]
Friday night the Pens hosted their final alumni night of the season as part of the franchise’s 50th season celebration. Hall of Famers Larry Murphy and Brian Trottier were on hand along with former fan favorite Darius Kasparaitis. [Penguins]
After assuming the roll of backup to Matt Murray for eight consecutive games, Marc-Andre Fleury made his return to game action on Saturday night in St. Louis. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Since coming over from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade last season, Trevor Daley and his slap shot have been a welcome addition to the Pens lineup. [Trib Live]
In the absence of several high profile names, Carter Rowney has stepped to the plate to fill the void as best a possible. The rookie recorded his first career NHL point on Saturday night with an assist on Kris Letang’s goal. [Trib Live]
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Toronto Maple Leafs rookie William Nylander recorded his first NHL hat trick on Saturday night in a 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins. [Puck Daddy]
For a brief while the Vancouver Canucks flirted with the idea of making the playoffs. A loss to the Minnesota Wild dimmed what little hope they ever had even further. [Sportsnet]