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Pens Points: Happy Turkey Day!!

Penguins celebrate Thanksgiving early by stuffing the net with eight goals in victory over Canucks. Now you can celebrate with a Turkey Day edition of Pens Points.

Vancouver Canucks v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

If the net was the turkey, then the Penguins provided the stuffing with an eight goal outburst, including six in the third period, to defeat the visiting Vancouver Canucks 8-6 on Wednesday evening at PPG Paints Arena. Evgeni Malkin scored twice and recorded five points in the victory while teammates Jake Guentzel, Dominik Kahun, Bryan Rust, Kris Letang, and Zach Aston-Reese also found twine. Tristan Jarry replaced starter Matt Murray late in the second period and was credited with the victory. [Pensburgh]

Feast on the latest team news in this Thanksgiving Pens Points...

Thanksgiving is typically a North American holiday, celebrated in both the United States and Canada albeit at different times. For European players in the NHL, they’ve become accustomed to the holiday, some celebrating in their own way. [Trib Live]

Once we work our way through the holidays and the new year arrives, trade talk will heat up in a major way with the deadline less than two months out come January. For now, we will rely on little tidbits of information about who might be willing to deal. [Pensburgh]

There were no expectations for defenseman John Marino to begin this season, it was just a nice story that he made the team out of camp. Nearly two full months into the season now, Marino has been a keystone in the Penguins success. [Pensburgh]

Tanner Pearson had a quick cup of coffee with the Penguins last season before being dealt away in exchange for Erik Gudbranson. After struggling in Pittsburgh, Pearson welcomed the change of scenery and rediscovered his game with the Canucks. [Trib Live]

Sidney Crosby and Zach Trotman may not have much in common outside of the sport they play and their shared employer, but where their careers do cross paths is on the injury front. Trotman has dealt with a sports hernia twice in the past, and he’s not a fan. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

There are still many months in front of us before the Stanley Cup playoffs arrive but it’s never a bad time to see how teams are trending in terms of their chances to qualify. Banking points now can go a long way to ensuring you’re playing in April. [ESPN]

We are still two years away from the Seattle NHL franchise beginning play, but it appears the team will announce its name in the very near future. Several top NHL players recently weighed in on what they think the Seattle team name should be. [NHL]

Current Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour dropped a bomb in regards to the allegations of abuse against his predecessor Bill Peters. Speaking with the media, Brind-Amour flat out said the alleged abuse did take place. [Sportsnet]