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There’s a recap of last night’s game, top scorers are fading fast, and we look at what the future may hold for the roster. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

The Penguins met the New York Islanders last night for Game 4 of their first-round series, looking to avoid being swept for the first time since 2013. And much like how the first three games went, this one was really no different. The Penguins fell to the Isles by a score of 3-1 and will now look towards the offseason with decisions to be made about the direction of the team. [Recap]

The 4-game sweep has provided a painful ending to an up-and-down season for the Penguins. [Trib Live]

As things stand now, offseason roster changes are all but guaranteed for Pittsburgh. [Trib Live]

What does the future hold for Matt Cullen? Not even he knows the answer. [Trib Live]

Asked the same question, although under a different set of circumstances, Phil Kessel is unsure of where he may go from here. [Post-Gazette]

As seen throughout the series with the Islanders, Sidney Crosby, among other top NHL scorers, have faded as the playoffs have progressed. [Trib Live]

One big reason the Penguins’ offense sputtered throughout the series was Islanders netminder, Robin Lehner. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The Columbus Blue Jackets have won their first playoff series in franchise history after sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning. [The Cannon]

The NHL Awards will be held in Las Vegas again later this year. [NHL]

Here’s an opinion piece from USA Today that talks about the need to ban fighting around the league following the most recent incident between Alex Ovechkin and Andrei Svechnikov. [USA Today]