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Jake Guentzel has solidified himself as a playoff goalscorer, Derick Brassard hopes a breakout happens sooner than later, and the Penguins will lean on experience while they dance with elimination. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

This is it. Win or go home. The Penguins will return home tonight for Game 6 against the Washington Capitals. The equation is simple: win = Game 7. Before tonight’s game...

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

Now may be the best time for it to happen: Derick Brassard thinks his breakout game is coming. [Trib Live]

Jake Guentzel has joined some pretty nice company because of his postseason scoring ability. [Trib Live]

Although it didn't deliver the result Penguins fans wanted, Saturday night’s Game 5 delivered some big numbers in the ratings department. [Trib Live]

If you’re a glass-half-full kind of person, the case can be made that the Penguins are just fine and may be able to get out of this hole. [Post-Gazette]

In a similar token, it may not be wise to bet against this battle-tested Penguins team. [Post-Gazette]

The Penguins haven’t faced a non-Game-7 elimination scenario in two years. As such, they are leaning on past experiences to guide them tonight. [Post-Gazette]

Sidney Crosby was generous enough to deliver some new equipment to a young boy who lost his hockey gear in a house fire. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the league...

Somehow, some way, the Vegas Golden Knights continue to defy expectations. Last night’s game saw the team advance to the Western Conference Final. [Knights On Ice]

It may become a more common practice to see more college coaches make the jump to the big league for their first NHL job. [NHL]

Players play through so many cruel, unreported injuries throughout the playoffs, many of which would make us mere mortals not want to move for weeks. But from broken limbs to dismembered faces, these injuries don’t slow anyone down when the playoffs arrive. [USA Today]