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Pens Points: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

There’s a recap of last night’s game, we’re talking about the goaltending situation, and a fan is saying ‘thank you’ after a kind gesture. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Penguins and Anaheim Ducks met last night at PPG Paints Arena, as the Penguins concluded their latest home stretch. Even after the Penguins got out to an early 2-0 lead, the Ducks scored four unanswered goals, and the Pens blew another multi-goal lead to lose 4-2. [Recap]

Yesterday saw the return of everyone’s favorite former Penguin and future Hall of Famer, Daniel Sprong. [Trib Live]

A fan wanted to say ‘thank you’ after Juuso Riikola made his day. [Pensburgh]

It’s time to have a proper discussion about the Penguins’ goaltending situation. [Pensburgh]

If the weekend proved anything, it’s that Pittsburgh teams finally put together a good run of play against the New England teams. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the league...

In what looks to be the conclusion to one of the craziest coaching sagas in recent NHL history, Dave Hakstol has officially been fired by the Philadelphia Flyers. [Broad Street Hockey]

In a subsequent roster move, the Flyers have called up top goalie prospect Carter Hart. [Sporting News]

Alex Ovechkin and his wife were notable fans in attendance to watch LeBron James and the Lakers in Washington. [NHL]

Crews have already begun work to transform Notre Dame’s football stadium into a hockey rink for the Winter Classic. [WSBT 22]

The NHL is losing its ‘toughness,’ and that’s a good thing. But don’t tell Brian Burke... [Yahoo]