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Pens Points: Beatdown by the Blackhawks

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There's a recap of last night's game against Chicago, Penguins playoff tickets are starting to go on sale, and we look to see if momentum heading into the playoffs plays a factor in success. Read on to find out more about these topics as well as more news from around the league.

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Here are your Pens Points for this Thursday morning...

The Pens took on the Chicago Blackhawks last night at PPG Paints Arena. From start to finish, the Pens were out of it. Goals were scored left, right, and center, and the Pens were obliterated by a score of 5-1. In the Penguins' defense, they are just trying to regroup as the playoffs approach. No need to be overly concerned just yet. [Pensburgh Recap]

Buckle up, baby! Playoff tickets for the first two home games are on sale today! [Penguins]

It looks like expansion draft protected lists WILL be released. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Is momentum heading into the playoffs a real thing? [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Matthew Tkachuk called out Drew Doughty for complaining to the media. [Puck Daddy]

The NHL is making commercial demands of the IIHF and IOC in order to participate in the Olympics. [TSN]

Here is a Red Wings Fan Guide to missing the playoffs for the first time in a generation. [Winging It In Motown]