It was the Sidney Crosby show in Columbus on Tuesday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins captain posted a hat trick and four points against the Columbus Blue Jackets to lead the Penguins to a 5-3 victory and their fifth win in a row. Crosby bookended the scoring the with opening goal then an empty netter to seal the deal. Erik Karlsson remained hot with a goal and assist of his own. [Pensburgh]
One common complaint about Mike Sullivan is he isn’t willing to adjust his system to meet the players at his disposal. That appears to no longer be the case. [The Athletic $$]
Strong play from the third line, the unleashing of Erik Karlsson, and elite goaltending have all propelled the Penguins on their recent turnaround. [Pensburgh]
With all the talk about Jarry’s struggles this season he leads the NHL in shutouts and has no allowed a goal since the 10-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. [The Hockey News]
While the two two defensive pairings are settled for the Penguins, there is a still a heated competition for ice time among the guys battling for a spot on the third pairing. [The Hockey News]
NHL News and notes...
An arrest was made in the on-ice death of Adam Johnson on Tuesday. UK police took an unnamed man into custody on suspicion of manslaughter related to the incident. [TSN]
More overtime rule changes could be coming to the NHL. A report from the GM meetings indicates the league could mandate how teams move the puck in hopes of more offense. [ESPN]