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Pens Points: Good Start, Ugly Finish

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Pens jump out to 4-1 lead but collapse in final 30 minutes to fall 5-4 in overtime to the Sabres. Put another ugly loss behind you with a fresh edition of Pens Points.

Buffalo Sabres v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Things were going just about perfect for the Penguins last night through 30 minutes then it all came crashing down in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Goals from Derick Brassard, Phil Kessel, Jake Guentzel, and Tanner Pearson had the Pens up 4-1 but the Sabres responded with three-straight goals in regulation to send the game to overtime where Jack Eichel gave the Sabres a win on a soft goal that snuck through Casey DeSmith. [Pensburgh]

If you’re looking for a silver lining, at least the Penguins managed to hold on for a point rather than just blowing it all the way in regulation.

Their next game is on Wednesday night when the Dallas Stars come to town.

Put last night’s loss behind you with this morning’s Pens Points...

An already tough season for Matt Cullen just became a little tougher on Monday as head coach Mike Sullivan revealed the veteran fourth liner will miss an extended period of time with what he described as a lower-body injury. [Pensburgh]

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has now missed the team’s last three contests with an upper-body injury but he did reveal that he is making progress in his recovery and expects to be back on the ice with his teammates sooner rather than later. [Trib Live]

After last season’s disappointing ending, it was clear the Penguins were going to make a significant trade during the offseason to open a little cap space for free agency. There were a few names likely to be moved and it just so happened that Conor Sheary was the one who drew the short straw. Now a member of the Sabres, Sheary is loving life in his new home a little north of Pittsburgh. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

This is not the first time the Penguins have began a new season with a slow start but this one certainly sticks out in terms of how ugly it has been at times for the team. Going back more than a decade, this season marks the worst start in a very long time for the Penguins. Even worse than in years they replaced the head coach. [Pensburgh]

Despite the slow start, there is still hope for the Penguins moving forward and they only have to look at themselves for inspiration. They know they can play better to start, but they also have recent history to fall back on to show they are capable of rebounding and making themselves a threat once again. [Puck Prose]

This season marks the 52nd season of NHL hockey for the Penguins franchise and this year will mark the 46th time the team has played a game on Thanksgiving Eve. Playing that many times the day before Thanksgiving amounts to a tradition at this point and it is a tradition that has historically treated the Penguins very well over the years. [The Hockey Writers]

You could not script a better start to an NHL career than what Matt Murray had his first two seasons in the league, winning two Stanley Cup championships. Now in his second full season as the Penguins number one guy in net, Murray’s play has been inconsistent and how many worried about his role moving forward. [Yahoo! Sports]

Craig Patrick is one of the most important faces in Penguins franchise history and now the former general manager is returning to the team led to two Stanley Cup championships in the early 90’s. The team announced on Monday that Patrick has been hired by the organization as a pro scout. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets was named the NHL First Star of the Week for his performance during last week’s slate of games. Atkinson led the league in goals and points last week, needing only three games to do so. Going Atkinson on the Stars of the Week podium were Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks. [NHL]

As has been the case over the last several seasons, the wheels are beginning to fall off for the Edmonton Oilers once again. With a talent laden roster, the Oilers once again find themselves on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. It appears Todd McLellan may have finally met his expiration date in Edmonton. [Edmonton Journal]