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It’s going to be another late night as the Penguins remain in Alberta for a showdown with the Calgary Flames. Get a jump start on game day with the latest edition of Pens Points.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins remain in Alberta this evening for their game against the Calgary Flames. Tonight’s game will mark the second game of a three game Western Canada swing that wraps up in Vancouver on Saturday night. A win against the Flames will make it three in a row for the Penguins, giving them their first winning streak of the young season.

Puck drop is scheduled for 9:00 PM and will be broadcast on AT&T Sports Network.

Another long night ahead, get ready with today’s Pens Points...

Sidney Crosby added another highlight reel goal to his already immense collection on Tuesday night with an absolute stunner against the Oilers in overtime. It’s is almost routine for Crosby at this point but it never fails to take your breath away. Our team here at Pensburgh selected our favorite Sid goals from his career so far. [Pensburgh]

Most of the talk surrounding Tuesday night’s contest centered around Crosby and Oilers’ captain Connor McDavid. Both players have a strong case for the title “best player in the world” and the debate will likely rage on for years to come. If you are basing your decision on Tuesday’s game, then Crosby made the decision pretty easy. [Penguins]

Crosby is a man of very few words and as humble as they come. When discussing his overtime winner, Crosby was his typical self, focusing more on the team’s overall success rather than his own. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Since Crosby will never be his own hype man, it is up to the rest of the hockey world to do it for him. His goal on Tuesday night brought the hockey world to its feet in celebration, even if it came very late into the night in some areas of the continent. [Trib Live]

While Crosby’s goal was hands down the highlight of the night for the Pens, there were still many issues of concern for the team as a whole. Even though they walked away with a win and two points, some ugly mistakes bubbled to the surface once again. [Trib Live]

Most of those issues mentioned above come from the defensive end of the ice. When you score six goals rarely is offense the problem, but the Pens are going to need to tighten up on the blue line if they hope to be contending for the Stanley Cup come spring. [Pensburgh]

Winning face-offs is an important component in today’s NHL and the Penguins as a team are one of the best in doing so. Whether is be in the offensive, defensive, or neutral zone, the Penguins face-off prowess is paying off big time for them early in this new season. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

For now, the Penguins will fill the Justin Schultz sized hole in their lineup from within the organization. If general manager Jim Rutherford does decide to make a move for a defender in the future, Alex Edler may be a name to keep in mind, especially if the Canucks become sellers down the road. [Pensburgh]

Dogs and the internet go together like peanut butter and jelly. A recent surge in dog related content has taken the internet by storm over the past few years and the Penguins even get in on the act. You already know about Matt Murray’s two monster dogs and Phil Kessel’s furry companion. Now let us introduce a few doggo to the lineup, Brian Dumoulin pet bulldog, Roo. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Less than a month into the new NHL season and we already have a controversy brewing. Goalies have been rather local about this dislike for the league’s new pad restrictions, complaining of bruises and the potential dangers of smaller equipment. The complaints have been heard loud and clear by the league office. [Yahoo! Sports]

Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki has been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Players Safety for his elbow to the head of Bruins rookie Urho Vaakanainen on Tuesday night. [ESPN]