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Pens Points: Surviving the Storm

Crosby, Nedeljkovic lift Penguins to shootout win over Carolina. Read all about that and more from Thursday here in Pens Points.

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It was another night of Sidney Crosby taking the reigns and lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to another crucial victory, this time a 2-1 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes that featured Crosby scoring the only Penguins goal in regulation then the only goal in the shootout as Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all three Hurricanes attempts to secure two points. [Pensburgh]

Pens Points...

In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, the Penguins paid a special visit to some patients at Children’s Hospital, continuing a decades long franchise tradition. [Pensburgh]

The Penguins best defenseman? Probably Erik Karlsson. Most important defenseman? Unquestionably his countrymate Marcus Pettersson who is once again invaluable. [The Athletic $$]

In his short time with the Penguins so far, Erik Karlsson has been playing at a near elite level which is terrifying for opponents as there is still another level of play he can reach. [The Hockey News]

Bryan Rust was back on the ice today, skating before practice though he is not able to return until January 2nd. Joining Rust on the ice was Jesse Puljujarvi who continues to rehab from hip surgery. [The Hockey News]

In a surprise move, Mike Sullivan chose to go with Alex Nedeljkovic as the starter against the Hurricanes, citing his recent string recent good play for the decision. [Trib Live]

With his jersey retirement on the horizon, Jaromir Jagr is still skating at the professional level, making his season debut with Kladno is the Czech league at the age of 51. [ESPN]

NHL News and Notes...

It’s less than two weeks until the 2024 NHL Winter Classic in Seattle and the NHL released a brand new rendering of what T-Mobile Park will look like when the Golden Knights and Kraken meet on New Year’s Day. [NHL]

Kyle Dubas still has his fingerprints over the current Toronto Maple Leafs roster who sit comfortably in a playoff spot, though some remain unhappy with the former general manager. [The Star]