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Pens Points: Rebounding From A Victory

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Mike Sullivan is moving forward, Jeff Carter has had a solid debut, and Kasperi Kapanen is progressing well. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

Following one of the most pathetic victories in franchise history, head coach Mike Sullivan said after the contest that he had never been a part of anything like that. He hardly had any words to describe the third period he witnessed on Tuesday night. Yet, the bench boss has said he and his team are moving on. [Trib Live]

Veteran Jeff Carter has said he is still adjusting to life in the Steel City following the trade that sent him from the Los Angeles Kings to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but after many believed the 36-year-old was out of gas, Carter’s recent returns show that he has much more to offer the Penguins than maybe originally thought. [Trib Live]

Kasperi Kapanen is continuously rehabbing from a foot injury that has kept him out of action since March 24. The speedy winger took another step towards a full recovery by joining his teammates in a full capacity at practice yesterday. [Trib Live]

Much has been made about what the Penguins plan to do with the site that formerly housed the Civic Arena. Now, the Penguins have pitched a plan that would see a new First National Bank office tower erected in the arena’s place. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The NHL is targeting an October 12, 2021 start date for the 2021-22 regular season. [Bleacher Report]

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner has openly criticized the NHL’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, saying league officials lacked honesty when it came time to implement new guidelines for players that have and haven't been fully vaccinated. [Knights On Ice]

But in a followup to the previous story, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly later said that no such promises were made to players. [ESPN]