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Pens Points: Preseason Action

The Penguins played a hockey game last night for the first time since May. Catch up on that news and more in today’s Pens Points.

NHL: Preseason-Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins played a competitive hockey game for the first time since May last night, battling division rivals, the Columbus Blue Jackets, in preseason play. While expectations should be tempered in any preseason game, it is especially true for the first preseason game. The Blue Jackets ended up scoring three goals despite the Penguins playing like the better side throughout portions of the contest. CBJ wins 3-0. [Trib Live Recap]

Brian Boyle signed a PTO with the Penguins during the off-season. While he may not make the opening night roster, he’s just grateful for another NHL opportunity. [Trib Live]

It was announced yesterday that forward Zach Aston-Reese has tested positive for COVID-19. [PensBurgh]

This just in: Sidney Crosby is still good at hockey. [PensBurgh]

Many Penguins fans were saddened to see Brandon Tanev depart for the Pacific Northwest during the Expansion Draft this summer. But can his replacement, Brock McGinn, provide even more than Tanev? [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Will the New York Rangers find a way to extend Mika Zibanejad to a long-term deal? Or will the team’s lack of commitment cause them to enter into the Jack Eichel sweepstakes? [SI/The Hockey News]

Speaking of the Rangers, the team announced that they will formally retire Henrik Lundqvist’s number on January 28, 2022. [Blueshirt Banter]

Even without Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, the Boston Bruins’ goaltending tandem is in good shape moving forward. [NBC Sports]

Andrei Deniskin, a Ukrainian Hockey League player, was ejected from a game over the weekend for making a disgustingly racist gesture towards a black American opponent. [SI/The Hockey News]