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There’s a recap of yesterday’s game, the Penguins know they need better starts, and the top line is producing. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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

Yesterday saw the Penguins and Capitals face off in Game 2 of their series. The game was filled with collisions, questionable calls, and controversy. In the end, the Capitals walked away as the victors and evened the series at 1-1. [Recap]

Mere hours after the game, the Penguins have shifted their mindset. Obviously, they’re frustrated, but they know they have to move on. [Post-Gazette]

One of the biggest talking points from yesterday’s game was the scary hit Brian Dumoulin took from Washington’s Tom Wilson. The hit to the head kept Dumo out for the remainder of the game. And it’s become another reason to argue in favor of heavier punishments for headshots. [Trib Live]

It has plagued the Penguins for the last two games: awful starts which include early goals that are given up. The Penguins know this is an issue that needs fixing ASAP. [Trib Live]

Sidney Crosby’s work ethic cannot be questioned. (Looking directly at you, Jeremy Roenick). But even though Crosby is, arguably, the most dedicated performer to his craft, it’s not his greatest gift. [Trib Live]

Speaking of Sid, he was caught by TMZ Sports and was asked if he considered himself better than Mario Lemieux. [Trib Live]

The top trio, Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and Patric Hornqvist, are producing at a pretty high rate. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the league...

Vegas’ Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has one helluva backstory. [ESPN]

Willie O’Ree was strong enough to overcome physical and racial blindness. [Newsday]

The Buffalo Sabres will be picking first in this year’s NHL Draft. [Die By The Blade]