Falling behind early and mounting a comeback has been the Pittsburgh Penguins forte this season and was once again on full display Sunday night against the New York Rangers. Trailing 1-0, the Penguins scored three goals in a 61 second stretch late in the first period to take a lead they never relinquished. They added an additional pair of tallied in the third period to pull away solidify a 5-1 victory. [Pensburgh]
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As teams creep toward the midway point of the season, the playoff race is heating up in a major way. In the Eastern division, the New York Islanders currently lead the way with six teams currently within seven points of a playoff spot. [Pensburgh]
Just prior to Saturday’s victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, Penguins forward Colton Sceviour was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol and missed the game. Sceviour went on to miss Sunday’s game as well and his return remains unknown. [Pensburgh]
Last Tuesday against the Flyers marked the first time fans were allowed back inside PPG Paints Arena for the first time in almost a year. Although only a handful were permitted to attend, having them back was a welcome sight for everyone. [Penguins]
As a rookie, John Marino look the league by storm and turned in a spectacular debut season that saw him finish eighth in Calder Trophy voting. His sophomore season has not been quite as impressive, but the Penguins are hoping some lineup shuffling can change that. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
With a weekend back-to-back on the schedule and a busy rest of March awaiting them, head coach Mike Sullivan decided to start backup Casey DeSmith on Sunday and give the streaking Tristan Jarry some deserved rest. [Trib Live]
Teams rarely meet on three straight occasions outside of the playoffs, but nothing is normal about this season. With the Penguins taking 2-of-3 from the series, Flyers fans learned a bit about their the same way Penguins fans did about theirs. [Broad Street Hockey]
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In a sign some normalcy is starting to return to our lives, Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson once again finds himself suspended. This time, Wilson will sit for seven games after an illegal hit on Boston Bruins forward Brandon Carlo. [NHL]
As the New York Islanders were busy bullying the lowly Buffalo Sabres over the weekend, Matt Barzal scored a ‘Goal of the Year’ candidate. From his reception of the puck to the between-the-legs finish, this goal dominated the highlight reels. [Eyes on the Isles]