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So were the Penguins over the final two periods as they pulled into a tie with Columbus for second in the crowded Metropolitan Division. Evgeni Malkin scored twice off assists from Phil Kessel and added an assist of his own in his 700th career game. Justin Schultz had a goal and an assist and Tom Kuhnhackl put in an empty-netter as Pittsburgh swept the season series from the Lightning.
Pittsburgh is jockeying for position in the nearly claustrophobic fight with Columbus and the New York Rangers behind front-running Washington in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins invested heavily in their defense at the trade deadline, acquiring Streit, Mark Hainsey and Frank Corrado to shore up a blue line decimated by injuries.
As coach Lindy Ruff relayed to Shapiro, Roussel’s timeline effectively rules him out for the balance of the regular season. Of course, with the Stars’ playoff chances dwindled down to fractions, it’s safe to say that we won’t see the jack of all trades back until the 2017-18 campaign. As a result, Remi Elie has been called up from AHL Texas as a reinforcement option, while Brett Ritchie should be a mainstay in the top six.
The Lightning, meanwhile, are on the fringe of the playoff chase while missing stars Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan. Tampa Bay unloaded goaltender Ben Bishop and veteran forward Brian Boyle and NHL even served as a go-between of sorts for the Penguins and the rival Flyers. The Lightning acquired Streit from Philadelphia on Wednesday morning for forward Valtteri Filppula jersey and some draft picks, and then flipped Streit to Pittsburgh just hours later.
When the dust settled, there were two New York teams in the Eastern Conference wild-card spots, with the Islanders climbing their way back into the playoffs. A huge save from Steve Mason in the final seconds of regulation robbed the Panthers of an extra point, leaving them and the Maple Leafs just outside a playoff spot. The Kings replaced the Blues in the Western wild card.
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The Kings have been wheeling and dealing this trade deadline. They started off the moves by trading for Lightning goalie Ben Bishop earlier in the week, and traded forward Dwight King to the Canadiens for a conditional pick earlier Wednesday.
Lighting GM Steve Yzerman has as good cheap jerseys an understanding of this as anyone in the game. He could have done nothing at this deadline and defended it pretty well. Steven Stamkos is getting healthy. He has a team that could make the playoffs. But it would have come with a painful price this offseason, when contract bonuses would have rolled into next season’s salary cap, and useful players would have had to have been moved for cap or expansion draft purposes. The Lightning would have lost all leverage in making moves this summer to improve their chances of winning a Stanley Cup next year.