Scoring came early and often last night between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins at TD Garden as the teams combined for 11 goals over the course of three periods of play. There was five goals scored in the opening 7:21 alone as the teams battled back and forth in a game that ended with the Penguins prevailing by a score of 6-5 and staying right in the thick of the Metro division log jam that has six teams within four points. [Pensburgh]
It’s been a complete disaster for Ryan Graves during the start of his tenure in Pittsburgh and there doesn’t seem to be many good options on how to handle the issue moving forward. [Pensburgh]
It was a disappointing end for Team Canada at World Juniors this year but Penguins prospect Brayden Yager was a top performer for the Canadians and gave Penguins fans hope for the future. [The Hockey News]
Jesse Puljujarvi has been skating with the Penguins for a few weeks and will now attempt to earn a full contract with the team by auditioning with the WBS Penguins in the AHL. [Trib Live]
Now that the new year has arrived and the trade deadline ever closer discussion on who the Penguins could bring in and whether or not it makes sense will start to ramp up. [The Hockey News]
Matt Nieto will be away from the ice for an extended period of time after undergoing knee surgery on Thursday. Recovery time is expected to be six-to-eight weeks. [Penguins]
NHL News and Notes...
It will be the United States and Sweden playing for World Juniors gold in Gothenburg later today. Finland and Czechia will square off for the bronze prior to the gold medal game. [NHL]