Pittsburgh Penguins Three Stars of Last Week

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Jan 13, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman

Kris Letang

(58) is congratulated at the bench after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Returning to the ice after the All-Star break, the Pittsburgh Penguins turned their focus towards becoming a complete hockey team. After playing .500 hockey last week, they have shown very little progress towards accomplishing that goal.

On Tuesday, the Penguins welcomed the Winnipeg Jets into town but did so without the services of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. In a game that featured 112 combined hits, the Penguins managed erase two Winnipeg leads on route to a 5-3 victory.

On Wednesday, the Pens traveled to Washington D.C. to take on the Washington Capitals. It was clear that the physical affair from the night before left them without the energy needed to compete against their division rivals. The Penguins never managed to make a game of the tilt and were blanked by the Caps 4-0.

After hopping on a train heading to Newark, the Pens had a chance to take two points against another divisional opponent. In what was easily the least entertaining game of the year, the Penguins managed to tie the game with just over three minutes remaining and won it on overtime.

Returning home on Sunday afternoon, the Pens had an opportunity to take over first place in the Metro with a win against the Nashville Predators. The Penguins utilized another lackluster performance to suffer their second shutout loss of the week.

Here are your three stars from last week.