Here are your Pens Points for this Friday morning...
The Penguins concluded their home-and-home set with the Maple Leafs last night. Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup after dealing with illness in the last game. Not even the return of the big Russian could spark the Penguins offense, as the team was shut out 4-0. [Recap]
Jim Rutherford was makin’ moves yesterday, albeit it was a minor-league trade. The Penguins sent Joseph Blandisi and Jake Lucchini to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Riley Barber and Phil Varone. [Pensburgh]
Finally healthy, d-man Zach Trotman is happy to be back with team. [Trib Live]
The key to the Penguins’ goaltending success? Maybe it’s goaltending coach Mike Buckley, who is pushing all the right buttons. [Post-Gazette]
It was a rocky beginning for Dominik Kahun, but he’s found his footing and has become a versatile piece for this Pens team. [Post-Gazette]
News and notes from around the NHL...
Several teams look to be getting their deadline shopping out of the way early this year. [Yahoo]
And also, our friends at NHL Network remind us the anniversary celebration of the Team USA “Miracle on Ice” victory will be going on all weekend.
NHL Network’s daily studio show NHL Now will air from Team USA’s reunion celebration in Las Vegas today, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. ET. NHL Network host Tony Luftman and analyst Brian Lawton, who played for Team USA head coach Herb Brooks as a member of the 1987 Minnesota North Stars, will be on-hand to interview members of the team about their winning experience in Lake Placid, New York 40 years ago. The next day, marking 40 years to the day Team USA upset Team Soviet Union 4-3 in the “Miracle on Ice” medal round game, NHL Network will host an #NHLMovieNight on Twitter at 4:00 p.m. ET. During an airing of Miracle, the NHL and its clubs – including the Penguins – USA Hockey and the hockey community will join together to celebrate the game and the movie. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation about the movie and the 1980 team by using the hashtag