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Pens deliver early Thanksgiving treat with dominating performance over the Stars. Feast on a fresh edition of Pens Points as the turkey cooks.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

For only the second time this month, the Penguins ended a game as the victors after a dominating 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thanksgiving Eve. Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup and dazzled with a goal and two assists in the victory. Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, and Tanner Pearson potted the other four goals for the Penguins.

The Penguins will get Thanksgiving off before taking on their first back-to-back of the season starting on Friday night in Boston against the Bruins.

From myself and everyone at Pensburgh, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Before the turkey comes, feast on this morning’s edition of Pens Points...

Craig Patrick is back in the Penguins organization after being fired as general manager back in 2006. Even though it has been 12 years since Patrick had a role in the franchise, his fingerprints are still all over today’s team. [Pensburgh]

Life has been a struggle for the Penguins over the last ten games where they have been lacking in many areas from secondary scoring to goaltending. Another major area where the Pens have been lacking is confidence in their own game. To get back on track, the players will need to believe in themselves to start. [Trib Live]

Last April, we spoke with Penguins fan Kelly Sowatsky about her fight to find a kidney donor that took her to PPG Paints Arena with a sign hoping for her prayers to be answered. Now, almost eight months later, Kelly revealed that she found a donor who happened to be a fellow Penguins fan living in Delaware. [Penguins]

Over the course of his career, captain Sidney Crosby has proven on many occasions to having one of the best backhand shots in the league. Playing on the backhand is not easy and can take a lot of fine tuning, which may be a reason we are seeing the shot become a dying art in the game. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

A rough start to the season has Matt Murray spending more time on the bench than on the ice as the young goalie continues to work on his game. Though Murray’s numbers are not great at the moment, he still remains confident in his ability. [Pittsburgh Hockey Now]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Thanksgiving has just arrived but the coaching carousel has been up and running for a few weeks now. Already this season, the Blackhawks, Oilers, and Blues have made coaching changes are there could be a few more on the way coming soon. [Yahoo! Sports]

Since a salary cap was instituted in the NHL following the 2004-05 lockout, parity has taken over the league, making it more competitive than ever. This increase in competition means it can be hard to recover from a slow start, making teams more willing to fire coaches quickly if their teams are struggling. [TSN]

Not that there was ever any threat to them moving, the Anaheim Ducks announced a 25-year contract extension to remain in Anaheim through at least the 2047-48 season with the Honda Center remaining their home arena. [Sportsnet]