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Pens take Monday off to rest and recover for crucial Game 4 on Wednesday. Crosby not impressed with Flyers’ fans attempts at intimidation. Playoff Dumoulin emerges for goal in Game 3 as his strong play continues. Sullivan happy with Letang and his ability to eat big minutes every night. Derick Brassard lives up to playoff billing with big showing on Sunday.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

With a two day break between Games 3 and 4, the Penguins flew home to Pittsburgh after their victory on Sunday over the Flyers. Monday was a day off for the Penguins and they will return to practice this morning before heading back to Philadelphia.

Kick off your Tuesday morning with a fresh edition of Pens Points...

Ever fighting the “little brother syndrome” as they watch their cross-state rivals succeed, Flyers fans placed pictures of Sidney Crosby in urinals throughout Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon. Crosby responded with a goal and three assists to propel the Penguins to a 2-1 series lead. [Trib Live]

Crosby was asked about the prank after the game and he was less than impressed with the ingenuity of Flyers fans. Crosby has been dealing with this type of harassment since he entered the league so nothing should surprise him at this point. [USA Today]

Prior to this season, Pens defenseman Brian Dumoulin had more career playoff goals than he did regular season goals. Dumo set a new career high with five goals this season and he added to his playoff goal scoring prowess with a dagger in Game 3. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Dumoulin has been especially strong through the first three games of this series and has proven himself once again to be a performer when it counts most. Joining Dumoulin on the list of impressive performers through three games are goaltender Matt Murray and head coach Mike Sullivan. [Pensburgh]

There have been questions surrounding Kris Letang all season but there were especially some concerns about his play heading into the playoffs. So far, Sullivan has been impressed with Letang’s play in the series and notes his ability to soak up large chunks of minutes helps the rest of the blue line. [Trib Live]

When Derick Brassard was added at the trade deadline, Penguins fans knew what kind of player they were getting. Brassard has a history of playing well in the playoffs, even being a thorn in the side of the Penguins when he was with the Rangers and Senators in the past. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

When the teams meet up again on Wednesday evening, the Flyers will be desperate for a win to even up the series. Playing on home ice should benefit the Flyers in Game 4 but during the regular season, they were one of the worst home sides in the NHL. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Scary scene during Game 2 on Sunday night in Washington involving a linesman. Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson collided skates with linesman Steve Barton, sending Barton to the ice where he eventually needed to be helped off the ice. It was later revealed that Barton dislocated his kneecap and torn a quad muscle that will require surgery. [Deadspin]

West coast playoff games can be hard to stay awake for but you should not be missing out on what the Vegas Golden Knights are doing in their first ever playoff series. Taking on the Los Angeles Kings, the Golden Knights have powered their way to a 3-0 series lead including a thrilling double overtime win in Game 2. [SBNation]

Monday’s Stanley Cup Playoffs Scores...

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Boston Bruins 2 (Boston leads 2-1)

New Jersey Devils 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (Tampa Bay leads 2-1)

Colorado Avalanche 5, Nashville Predators 3 (Nashville leads 2-1)

San Jose Sharks 8, Anaheim Ducks 1 (San Jose leads 3-0)