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Pens Points: Capital Punishment

The Penguins dropped another heart breaker to the Capitals and are back in action this afternoon against Carolina.

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Begin your day with some morning fresh Pens Points

The Penguins are kicking off a vital stretch of the schedule predominantly against the Metropolitan Division. Yesterday afternoon the Penguins had a great chance to make up some ground on the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh. The Penguins started off slow, per usual on afternoon games, and dropped a tough one to the Capitals. [Pensburgh]

The Penguins had a lot to prove in the game yesterday, but came up short across the board. The game was more about missed chances on and off the ice. [Trib Live]

The Penguins won’t have much time to reflect on this loss as they are back in action this afternoon at PPG Paints Arena, this time against another Metroplitan opponent when the Hurricanes and Penguins square off today. Be sure to check back on Pensburgh later for the game preview and recap today!

Down on the farm

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got goals from five different players last night in their St. Patrick Day jerseys to bring their season record to 28-25-3-5 after defeating Bridgeport 5-2 yesterday. The Penguins are back in action this afternoon with a rematch against Binghampton at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. [WBS Penguins]

The Penguins were in Binghampton, N.Y. on Friday night to face off against the Devils. Binghamton had control from the opening faceoff and won 6-4 despite a valliant comeback bid from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. [WBS Penguins]

Riley Barber’s season didn’t last long with the Penguins after being acquired at the trade deadline. He played in only six games before getting injured and likely ending his season as he expected to be out the next six weeks. [Citizen’s Voice]

Updates from around the league

Roberto Luongo may have only retired after last season, but the Florida Panthers wasted no time in retiring his number one jersey last night, becoming the first number retired in Panthers’ history. [CBS Sports]

Amid the COVID-19 fears, the NHL is apparently considering restricting access to team locker rooms from members of the media. All interviews would take place in a conference room setting. Although nothing has formally been announced yet, it could happen very shortly, even though several teams have already come out and said they would not participate unless obligated by the NHL. [ESPN]

This day in Pittsburgh Hockey

  • 1975 - Ron Stackhouse recorded the fourth six assist game by a defenseman in NHL history in the Pens 8-2 win over the Flyers at the Civic Arena. Two other defenseman have since accomplished this feat.
  • 1994 - Martin Straka recorded his first NHL hat trick, in a game against the Boston Bruins.
  • 1998 - Stu Barnes is stopped on a penalty shot by Philadelphia Flyers’ Ron Hextall.
  • 2004 - The Penguins obtained Alain Nesreddine from the New York Islanders in exchange for Steve Webb.
  • 2009 - The Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in a shootout to complete a perfect five-game road trip, best in franchise history.
  • 2010 - Sidney Crosby was the solo cover photo on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Happy Birthday!

Larry Murphy, Greg Malone, and Bob Boughner,