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Pens Points: California Reelin’

Patrick Marleau returns to San Jose as a Penguin, find out how the new AHL forwards are doing in Wilkes-Barre, and even more significant injuries strike some Cup contenders.

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Take it easy this Sunday morning with some breakfast Pens Points:

The Penguins closed out an 0-for-California trip the last week with a disheartening 5-0 loss in San Jose late Saturday night. Extended losing streaks happen to good teams along with the win streaks over the course of the season. Losing never feels good but it’s important to never get too high or too low during the regular season as it’s all part of the process. [Pensburgh]

Patrick Marleau had a very strange week last week. It began with him in New York playing for San Jose and ended with him playing for Pittsburgh against San Jose for just the fifth time in 1,718 career NHL games. He reflects on his decision to go all in with the Penguins and what his future still holds. [PPG]

Down in the A:

Riley Barber was itching to get out of Laval when he and head coach Joel Bouchard were not on the same page. Bouchard was not shy in voicing his displeasure with Barber in the media. Barber kept working and then his dreams then came true when Montreal traded the Washington, PA native to the Penguins and he got to finally fulfill a lifelong dream of wearing black and gold. He hopes he can stick around. [Trib Live]

Barber wasn’t the only one acquired in that deal with Montreal. Phil Varone also came over from Montreal and had two assists in his first game with the Pens, but three goals from Alex Barre-Boulet of the Crunch late in the third period sunk the Penguins. [Trib Minor League Report]

Across the league:

The Lightning were just losers of four straight games, but won last night without Steven Stamkos, and it was just announced prior to their game last night that Stamkos will be out 6-8 weeks for that pesky core muscle surgery that seems to have swept over the league. He will have surgery on Monday and the six weeks mark from then will be April 20th. The regular season ends April 4th. [Tampa Bay Times]

David Pastrnak scored his league leading 47th goal of the season and the Bruins shut out the Islanders 4-0 yesterday to equal the Lightning at the top of the NHL with 41 wins each. The two teams will square off in Tampa on Tuesday night. []

Fear has crept in among Vegas fans about Mark Stone’s mysterious injury so far. Head coach Pete DeBoer’s “There’s always fear when you’re being evaluated. We don’t know, so we’ll see what happens.” quote wasn’t necessary the ray of hope their fans were hoping to hear. If you don’t know how good Mark Stone is, you should definitely see what his absence could mean for the Golden Knights. [L.V. Review-Journal]

Andrei Svechnikov leads a list of five second year standouts in the NHL this season. He has already surpassed his goal total from last year and doubled his assists from his rookie campiagn, totaling 24 goals and 58 points in 63 games for the Canes this season. [The Hockey News]

Happy Birthday!

Ron Francis turns 57 today. He was traded to Pittsburgh in 1991 and won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins. He ranks sixth all time in Penguins history with 613 points in only 533 games from 1991-98.

This day in Pittsburgh Hockey history:

  • 1947 - The Pittsburgh Hornets defeated the St. Louis Flyers, 14-4, and set a record for the the most goals scored in an AHL Game. The Hornets also set the AHL record for most goals scored in one period when they scored nine against the Flyers. Since that time, the record has been surpassed and the Hornets are now tied for second.
  • 2007 - The Penguins Jordan Staal tallied his sixth short-handed goal of the year, which gave him a share of the NHL record for rookie short-handed goals.
  • 2007 - Sidney Crosby scored a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes to become the youngest player in NHL history to reach 200 points.
  • 2009 - Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 100th victory after defeating the Dallas Stars, 4-1.
  • 2014 - The Blackhawks beat the Penguins, 5-1, in the Coors Light 2014 NHL Stadium Series game in front of 62,921 at Soldier Field in Chicago. James Neal scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Native Brandon Saad had an assist for Chicago in his first meeting with the Penguins.

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