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Pens Points: Battered and Beaten (by the Flyers)

Battered Penguins drop 6-2 decision to cross-state rival Flyers as home ice advantage takes a hit. Pens hope Kessel can repeat playoff performance. Schultz fills Letang’s spot on the power play.

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Still in a battle for playoff position the Penguins took the ice against their cross-state rival Philadelphia Flyers. Matt Cullen put the Pens in front with an early power play tally but that turned out to be the high point of the evening as the Flyers left Pittsburgh with a 6-2 win to wrap up the season series between the two sides. [Pensburgh]

A few days after Senators owner Eugene Melnyk opened his mouth and disparaged Penguins captain Sidney Crosby for injuring one of their players, Crosby shot back when asked about the comments. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Amidst a laundry list of injuries to power play regulars, including one to regular power play quarterback Kris Letang, Justin Schultz has stepped in and provided a spark when the Pens have the man advantage. [Trib Live]

While Schultz has done well filling Letang’s absence on the power play, the Pens have not been able to fill the giant skates left by the injured Evgeni Malkin and the results are beginning to show. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Coming off a two point performance (1G, 1A) against the Islanders on Friday night, Cameron Guance is starting to solidify his spot as a capable injury replacement when called upon. [Penguins]

Everyone knows the Pens have been battling copious injuries over the course of the season and they are starting to become difficult to keep track of. Luckily, we have a tidy little injury recap for you right here on the site. [Pensburgh]

Arguably their best player during last season’s Stanley Cup run, the Pens could really use a repeat performance from Phil Kessel this year if they intend on lifting the Cup come June. [The Hockey Writers]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Ugly scene on Saturday between the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks that included a hit from behind followed by a sucker punch as retaliation. [Puck Daddy]

From playing the NCAA hockey tournament on Friday night to scoring his first career goal on Saturday afternoon, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser has quite the whirlwind weekend. [Deadspin]