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Penguins lose in Sullivan’s debut, Caps move atop East

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The Pittsburgh Penguins faced a tall order in Mike Sullivan’s coaching debut: facing maybe the hottest team in the East, if not the NHL. And it showed.

Despite setting a season-high with 45 shots on goal, the Penguins could only beat Braden Holtby one time as the Washington Capitals nabbed a 4-1 win.

With that, the two teams continue to travel in opposite directions, as this win leaves Washington atop both the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference. They’re now 9-1-1 in their past 11 games.

Holtby was the most obvious problem for the Penguins, yet T.J. Oshie proved to be a nuisance as well. He delivered the check that injured Beau Bennett and then iced the game with two third-period goals.

Many will bury the Penguins for losing again, and to be fair, there were some sloppy moments.

Still, there were signs of spirit from the team, so maybe it’s fairer to label the situation as a work in progress?

If nothing else, they’ve already begun tweaking their roster by trading Rob Scuderi for Trevor Daley (more about that here).

Trade: Penguins get Daley, Blackhawks acquire Scuderi, cap relief

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You know how Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford admitted to falling short when it came to furnishing his roster with puck-moving defensemen? He at least tried to address that problem on the same night that Mike Sullivan debuted as their head coach.

In an awfully interesting trade, the Penguins received Trevor Daley while Rob Scuderi heads to the Chicago Blackhawks … along with some cap relief as well.

Here’s the official word from the Penguins.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie fills in some details: Pittsburgh retains $1.125 million of Scuderi’s cap hit.

Scuderi is a familiar face for the Blackhawks, as he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings during the two teams’ memorable playoff skirmishes. Chicago fans may be most excited about shaving off a bit more salary, as Daley and Scuderi bring home fairly comparable cash.

Beau Bennett may be injured (again), this time via T.J. Oshie hit

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As much as things change for the Pittsburgh Penguins, one sad constant seems to be Beau Bennett‘s terrible injury luck.

That trend may have continued during Mike Sullivan’s first night behind the Penguins bench, as Bennett was shaken up by a T.J. Oshie hit. As of this writing, Bennett hasn’t returned to the game.

You can watch that check in the video above.

Oshie did not receive a penalty for that hit. Should supplemental discipline come Oshie’s way?

Fight video: Ryan Callahan vs. Scott Hartnell

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This isn’t one of those punch-fests that are as exhausting as they are frightening.

Ryan Callahan and Scott Hartnell didn’t deliver many blows in their bout on Friday, yet there was a “quality over quantity” element, as there seemed to be plenty of fury.

This was their first scrap, according to Hockey Fights.

Not enough fisticuffs for you? Here’s Matt Hendricks vs. Zac Rinaldo as a scuffle supplement:

Video: Penguins pay tribute to Pascal Dupuis’ career

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Who would have thought that Pascal Dupuis would be the mainstay of the trade that sent Marian Hossa to Pittsburgh, and that he’d enjoy such a fantastic run?

The Penguins provided a video tribute that left the recently retired forward fighting back tears on Monday. You can watch it in the clip above.

Dupuis spent nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, including 452 of his 871 career regular season games (and 81 of his 97 career postseason contests).