Whatever message Mike Sullivan had for Kasperi Kapanen, it clearly took hold and paid off in major fashion. Once again locked in an overtime battle with the Washington Capitals, Kapanen redeemed himself with an overtime winner to propel the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory, giving them five wins in their last six contests. [Pensburgh]
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The Penguins scheduled game against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 13th has been pushed up to Saturday, March 6th. This will set up a three game stretch against the Flyers and create a new back-to-back set with the New York Rangers on the back end. [Penguins]
When it comes to honoring players for games played in their careers, only regular season games are counted. In a way, that’s slightly unfair to guys like Sidney Crosby who have played the equivalent of additional seasons in playoff time. [Trib Live]
There is no questioning Sidney Crosby’s legacy at this point, not that there ever was to begin with. Crosby has captained the Penguins to three Stanley Cup titles and limitless other on-ice successes. Anything else at this point is just a cherry on top. [The Hockey Writers]
To be a Stanley Cup contender, a team needs production from all four lines. Right now, the Penguins are not getting what they had hoped for from their fourth line and Mike Sullivan knows they need to step up. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
After being benched on Saturday night, Kasperi Kapanen will have to prove it was just a one off rather than something to be expected. If Tuesday night was any indication, then the Penguins should be breathing a sigh of relief. [Yahoo! Sports]
Sometimes life can be difficult when your job is to stop an object roughly the size of a cup coaster. Tristan Jarry has battled some struggles this season but improved puck tracking has helped turn his performance around in recent weeks. [Trib Live]
If you’re interested in becoming better acquainted with the Penguins of tomorrow then you’re in luck. AT&T Sportsnet announced they will broadcast five Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins games beginning tonight at 5 PM. [Penguins]
News and notes from around the NHL...
Next season, the Seattle Kraken will join the NHL as the league’s 32nd franchise. They will presumably have a head coach by then and one name to look out for is Bruce Boudreau, who is reportedly very interested in the opening. [The Athletic $$]
Elliotte Friedman filled his weekly ‘31 Thoughts’ segment with a ton of great nuggets from different issues around the league. Starting with the Artemi Panarin situation in New York to discussion on the NHL Entry Draft it’s well worth your time. [Sportsnet]