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Pens continue short break before returning to game action on Thursday. Playoff tickets on sale this morning. Traveling Crosbys come to Pittsburgh for weekend set. Still a lot to play for in final week. Pens and Caps on collision course?

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A weekend back-to-back set means no games until Thursday for the Penguins and no practice on Monday as they take a day off to recover.

Keep up to date on the latest Pens news with this Tuesday edition of Pens Points...

This story has been flying around from numerous outlets since Saturday night but on Sunday I had the chance to interview Kelly Sowatsky, a Penguins fan looking for a kidney donor. She got her message out with a homemade sign she brought to Saturday’s game. [Pensburgh]

Saturday’s win clinched a playoff spot for the Penguins for the 12th consecutive season. Tickets for the first two home playoff games (either Games 1&2 or Games 3&4) will go on sale this morning at 10 A.M. Tickets will be sold through ticketmaster.com. [Penguins]

You have probably heard of the ‘Traveling Jagrs’ but you may not have heard of the ‘Traveling Crosbys’ who were in the building over the weekend. Coming from Sidney Crosby’s hometown of Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia, 24 guys came to town for the weekend set against the Canadiens and Capitals all wearing Crosby jerseys representing different teams he has played on over the course of his hockey career. [Penguins]

Throughout the season, the Penguins players do various social media videos that features them performing various activities such as zamboni racing or playing large jenga. The videos are normally a hit with the fan base and now that the season is winding down, the social media team released a clip of outtakes they have collected. [Trib Live]

Twice in one week Sidney Crosby scored two goals by batting the puck into the net like he was playing baseball. In fact, he’s turned scoring goal this way into an art form and he’s so good at it now it almost seems pedestrian from him. This talent is anything but easy and his hand eye coordination is off the charts. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Sunday night’s game against the Capitals did not end well for the Penguins with a 3-1 loss that helped the Caps clinch the Metro division. Regardless of the result, games between these two sides are always fun and they both seem to know what lies ahead for both as the playoffs inch closer. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Entering the final week of the season and although the Penguins have clinched a playoff spot there's still a lot to play for. Given their track record a home at this season, it would be wise for the Penguins to show up on Thursday night against the Blue Jackets where home ice in the first round could be determined. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Since coming into the league, twins Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin have done almost everything together. They were drafted back-to-back, signed identical contract extensions, and now they will retire together as they announced Monday this would be their final NHL season. [Sports Illustrated]

Last week I included a joking piece about Brad Marchand being suspended for a hit on his own teammate but this piece is no joke. Marchand avoided suspension for cross-checking Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald in the face. [Sporting News]

Big blow for the playoff bound Minnesota Wild as they announced on Monday that defenseman Ryan Suter will undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his ankle and will miss the remainder of the season. [NBC Sports]