Given how tight the standings are at the moment, any game the Pittsburgh Penguins play this week is a potential playoff preview. On Sunday afternoon, they passed their first test of the week with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Boston Bruins at PPG Paints Arena to move into first place in the Eastern Division. Jake Guentzel struck early in the third period for the game’s lone goal and Tristan Jarry kept the Bruins at bay all game long for his first shutout of the season. [Pensburgh]
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After a brief stay in first place on Saturday, the Penguins were back in solo second place after the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders. By beating the Bruins on Sunday, the Penguins jumped ahead of the Capitals for the time being. [Pensburgh]
Ever since his disastrous third period against the New Jersey Devils last week, goaltender Tristan Jarry has been a rock in goal for the Penguins. After giving up six goals in that one single period, Jarry has only surrendered one in the six periods since. [Trib Live]
One of Jim Rutherford’s final moves as Penguins general manager is turning out to be one of the most impactful of his tenure. Signing Cody Ceci ruffled a lot of feathers, but his time in Pittsburgh has helped resurrect his career. [Pensburgh]
Jared McCann has been one of the Penguins most important contributors this season, especially in the absence of Evgeni Malkin. McCann’s work on the power play has been extra impressive makes the Penguins answer a tough question when No. 71 returns. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Defenseman John Marino hit the 100 games played mark over the weekend, a significant milestone for a player who only made his NHL debut last season. For his family, seeing their son play 100 NHL games is beyond even their wildest dreams. [Penguins]
With his late goal on Saturday afternoon, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby not only notched his 20th goal of the season, he put his name in some elite company. Recording his 55th point of the season Crosby is guaranteed another point per game season. [Pensburgh]
News and notes from around the NHL...
There was almost another EBUG situation over the weekend, although this time it wouldn’t have involved a zamboni driver. Down to their third string goalie, the Ottawa Senators had to dress Artem Anisimov in full goalie gear to prepare for the worst. [NHL]
Believe it or not, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are just weeks away, meaning the regular season is in the final stretch and the storylines are piling up. From COVID worries to the Toronto Maple Leafs best shot at a deep run, there is a lot to watch. [Bleacher Report]