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Kris Letang nets OT winner in 7-6 win

With goaltending from both sides that resembled the 1980’s, the Pittsburgh Penguins (24-15-8, 56 pts) outlasted the Florida Panthers (23-21-6, 52 pts) with a thrilling 7-6 overtime win on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena. Defenseman Kris Letang provided the heroics with his ninth career OT winner and starred in his return to the lineup with 2 goals and 2 assists on the night.

PIT Goal Scorers: 1st: R. Rakell (18) 10:56; D. Heinen (4), 11:56; K. Letang (3) 18:14 | 2nd: S. Crosby (23) 19:19 PPG | 3rd: D. O’Connor (3) 10:29; E. Malkin (17) 14:30 PPG | OT: K. Letang (4) 4:06 PPG

PIT Goaltending: Casey DeSmith 33 saves, .846 SV%


Penguins callup forward Jonathan Gruden

Forward Jonathan Gruden has been recalled from the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, the team announced. Gruden originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2018 draft by the Ottawa Senators, is third on the WBS Penguins with 11 goals on the season, behind Alex Nylander (14) and Valtteri Puustinen (13). Gruden’s added 5 assists on the season and the 6-foot, 172-pound forward has 57 points in 139 career AHL games. Gruden was acquired by the Penguins from Ottawa in the Matt Murray trade on October 7, 2020.


Penguins ran out of the rink by Winnipeg

Jets 4 РPenguins 1 

Pittsburgh’s (21-14-6, 48 pts) two game winning streak came crashing down in a 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night. While every shot seemed to be an adventure for Dustin Tokarski, as the Jets also had two goals disallowed, the Penguins as a team struggled mightily to compete with the Jets over the final two periods. “It just wasn’t our best,” head coach Mike Sullivan said. Drew O’Connor scored the Penguins lone goal in the loss. Pittsburgh was outscored 3-0 during 5 vs 5 play over the final 40 minutes of play. Next up for the Penguins is a tough back-to-back trip to face the first place Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night.


Minkah Fitzpatrick wins Steelers MVP

Minkah Fitzpatrick is the Pittsburgh Steelers 2022 Most Valuable Player as voted on by his teammates. Fitzpatrick tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with six, is the first Steelers safety to win the award since Troy Polamalu in 2010.
Dolphins – Jets on Sunday Afternoon will bode a QB matchup of Skyler Thompson vs Joe Flacco. Pittsburgh will have a rooting interest on Sunday towards Flacco.
– The League on Thursday announced a number of playoff scenarios with Bills – Bengals officially being cancelled and won’t be played. The news on Damar Hamlin continues to be positive as the Pittsburgh native is showing remarkable progress

РThe Penguins  (19-13-6, 44 pts) fell behind 3-0 in the first period and their woes continued Thursday night with a 5-2 loss against the Vegas Golden Knights. Pittsburgh is winless in their last six games. Pressure mounting on GM Ron Hextall
Sidney Crosby scored his 20th goal of the season in the loss and prior to puck drop was named to his 9th All-Star Game as the Penguins lone representative.
– No. 809 for Alex Ovechkin who scored his 29th goal of the season in Washington’s 6-2 win over the Blue Jackets Thursday night.