Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 30

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 30

Paul Kelly somehow pops up in Markham, Ontario declaring that the NHL plans to expand to 32 teams as the city deliberates over approving a plan for a new arena deal, and the NHL shoots down that supposition.

The Blackhawks are making the most of their games on the road, and its a good thing because they have no choice.

Wayne Gretzky questions whether the Oilers have the intangible qualities needed to ascend to a championship level.

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones openly wonder on NBC Sports Network if the Washington Capitals are utilizing Alex Ovechkin the correct way.

Good piece by Sarah Connors at Stanley Cup of Chowder detailing the substantial role that women play in the NHLs popularity, and the danger of patronizing them.

The Flyers are hoping that Mike Knubles arrival can mean good things for their special teams experience.

Nobody in Montreal is celebrating the P.K. Subban signing as much as theyre just ready to go back to work with their full roster of players.

For something completely different: The All-Fun All-Star team that should be invited to NBA All-Star weekend.

Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

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Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

PITTSBURGH - Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh led 2-1 through two periods before breaking out in the third with three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 57 seconds.

Sheary scored his 17th and has nine goals in nine games. Bryan Rust added his 12th and Patric Hornqvist his 11th for the Penguins, who won a season-high seventh straight at home. Pittsburgh the NHL's best home team, is 13-0-1 in its last 14 home games.

Evgeni Malkin had two assists for a season-best seven-game point streak. Crosby added two assists for a three-point game. Matt Murray made 44 saves to win his fourth straight game.

David Krejci scored his 11th for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and five of their last six.