On Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a point in their fifth straight game. The Vegas Golden Knights coaches had to isolate, and the GM coached them. And just for a No. 5 spice from Nicky’s Thai, the St. Louis Blues scratched a left-handed defenseman whom we know has attracted interest from the Penguins and others on the NHL trade market.
We’ll start with your morning dose of Penguins coverage, shall we?
Here’s our new feature: Turning Point. Last night, one subtle but very good play put the Penguins’ comeback in motion. P-O Joseph was the catalyst (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Penguins have a script. Fall behind by two goals. Kill off their own power plays. Then mount a furious charge. Who played well, who isn’t playing well, and what needs to change? The Report Card! (PHN+)
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In one of our first Off the Record columns, Jimmy Murphy was set to report NHL talk from St. Louis sources, who confirmed the Penguins were sniffing around defenseman Vince Dunn. We reworded the story to avoid directly tying Penguins GM Jim Rutherford to Dunn because it didn’t fit the situation. The Penguins had a full house at LHD; Dumoulin-Pettersson-Matheson-Riikola-Joseph were the lefties.
Now? The TSN Insiders put Dunn publicly be on the NHL trade block, as well as details on inside details on Patrik Laine and Pierre-Luc Dubois (TSN Insiders)
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Want the flipside of the Penguins loss? How about the talking points of the Boston Bruins win? (Boston Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights had to isolate ALL of their coaches after an exposure (CBS)
Yet, Vegas still earned a point. Max Pacioretty had the HT, but Robin Lehner was burned for five (Vegas Hockey Now)
Get this — the Washington Capitals PP2 unit included Daniel Sprong and Conor Sheary. And, Justin Schultz put the dagger through the New York Islanders (NYI Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers played their third game on Tuesday. Just their third…and they WON in a shootout, beating the Patrik Laine-less Columbus Blue Jackets (Florida Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks got pasted 7-3 by the Colorado Avalanche. But Sheng Peng writes — believe it or not — there are some positives building in the Shark Tank (San Jose Hockey Now)
A little Netflix recommendation. Reckoning on Netflix. It’s about a 7 on a scale of 1-10. The premise is a little worn as a cop becomes obsessed with a serial killer. Aiden Young is the cop. Oddly, I watched this after finishing Rectify, in which Aiden Young starred as a wrongly convicted murderer on death row. In Rectify, Young’s character was accused of strangling a young girl. In Reckoning–the second scene of the series was Young…strangling a young girl. Worth a watch if you’ve burned through Netflix