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Pens Points: One Bad Loss

There’s a recap of last night’s game, Sidney Crosby is back, and the Penguins owned up to a social media mistake. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: MAR 04 Flyers at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins met the Philadelphia Flyers last night for game two of their three-game series. And almost right off the bat, the Penguins looked destined to repeat their successes from Tuesday’s 5-2 victory. Three goals in the span of nearly two minutes propelled the Pens to a 3-0 lead. But as the game went on, the Flyers climbed all the way back to win the game 4-3. It was not fun. [Recap]

Before the game, however, the Penguins received a bit of good news, as captain Sidney Crosby and assistant coach Todd Reirden were taken off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list. [PensBurgh]

The Penguins’ social media team is usually regarded as one of the better operations around the league. However, the team found itself in some hot water after a doctored photo was published that showed every fan in the shot properly wearing their facemasks, while the original, unaltered picture tells a different story. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Walter Gretzky, the father of Wayne Gretzky, has passed away at the age of 82. [ESPN]

The Calgary Flames made a coaching change late last night, firing Geoff Ward and replacing him with longtime bench boss and two-time Stanley Cup winner, Darryl Sutter. This marks Sutter’s second stint with the Flames after leaving the franchise in 2010. [Matchsticks And Gasoline]

Alex Ovechkin was fined $5,000 for spearing Boston Bruins rookie Trent Frederic in the groin. [NHL]

San Jose Sharks forward Joachim Blichfeld has been suspended two games for his hit on Colorado Avalanche superstar Nathan MacKinnon. [Fear The Fin]