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Pens Points: An Eerily Similar Result

There’s a recap of last night’s game, Antti Niemi opens up about his tenure as a Penguin, and Zach Aston-Reese is nearing a return. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

Last night, the Penguins met the Canadiens for the second time in six days. After falling at the hands of the New York Islanders 24 hours before, the Penguins responded with a 5-3 win. [Recap] Sound familiar? That’s because at this time last week, the Penguins were coming off a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers... and just so happened to beat the Canadiens last Thursday by a score of... 5-3.

Journeyman goalie, Antti Niemi has admitted that his run in Pittsburgh was definitely not his best work. [Post-Gazette]

The Penguins’ penalty-kill hasn’t been a pretty sight since the departure of Ian Cole. [Pensburgh]

Mike Sullivan had some very nice things to say about Zach Aston-Reese, a player who appears to be close to returning. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the league...

For hockey fans north of the border, playoff hopes are riding on two teams: The greatest team in the history of this and all universes, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and... the Winnipeg Jets. [Sportsnet]

A new study finds that NHL players face a ‘dimmed landcaspe’ after dealing with concussions. [TSN]

In yesterday’s Pens Points, I highlighted an article that focused on ten prospects whose stock has been rising the most as the season draws to a close. Well today, we reverse that trend and look at prospects whose stock is falling. [The Hockey News]