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Pens Points: More of the Same?

Kris Letang’s playoff return is discussed, Sidney Crosby is under the microscope, and the Penguins will be preparing for a barrage by the Flyers. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game One Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

The Penguins and Flyers will resume their first round battle tonight at PPG Paints Arena. Game 2 is sure to deliver an exhilarating second act to this playoff matchup. But before the 7 p.m. puck drop...

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

ICYMI: Here are five takeaways from the Game 1 victory. [Pensburgh]

Sure, the 7 goals scored and the Sidney Crosby hat-trick were a thing of beauty, especially over the Flyers, but the real talking point of Game 1 isn't being talked about enough. [Pensburgh]

The Pens know that the Flyers will bring everything and the kitchen sink after they were embarrassed on Wednesday. [Trib Live]

Sidney Crosby is under the microscope 8 days a week. Now that the playoffs have commenced and he just so happened to get the HT in the first game of the series, his scoring touch will be magnified even more than before. [Trib Live]

The appearance of Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier right before puck drop on Wednesday definitely got the crowd in PPG fired up. But his presence also ignited the Penguins’ bench. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the league...

The Nashville Predators have unveiled a catfish tank (yes, really) for the playoffs. [ESPN]

The Golden Knights have probably been the NHL’s biggest surprise this year. Now, even as they take a 1-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings, their merchandise sales have been crowned the king of the league. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

The league has tried to send a message to other players by suspending LA’s Drew Doughty. [USA Today]