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Pens Points: Prepping for Panthers

Sidney Crosby is keeping the team afloat, Sid also reached an impressive milestone, and Matt Cullen is reflecting on 1,500 games played. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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

Sidney Crosby’s importance to the Penguins this season cannot be understated, especially after this recent stretch of games where he has put the team on his back to keep them alive in the playoff chase. [Pensburgh]

Speaking of Crosby, he passed Jaromir Jagr, taking the second spot on the Penguins’ all-time goals list. [Trib Live]

With Matt Cullen joining the 1,500-games club tomorrow night against the Panthers, Matt and his father Terry reflected on a unique father-son bond. [Post-Gazette]

Over the weekend, Justin Schultz returned to the scene in Montreal, months after breaking his leg in the Bell Centre. However, Schultz decided not to reflect on the past, calling the Penguins’ eventual 5-1 win over the Canadiens just ‘another game.’ [Post-Gazette]

A very surprising, but welcoming development was the emergence of Jared McCann playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals came away with the victory over the New York Rangers after a very strange shootout goal controversy. [USA Today]

Here’s a list of the five best coaching candidates to replace Guy Boucher as the bench boss of the Ottawa Senators. [Sporting News]