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Slumping Penguins scrambling for playoff spot (The Associated Press)

Mike Johnston tried to sound upbeat. The first-year Pittsburgh Penguins coach pointed out all the positives he saw from another lost weekend, one in which his stumbling team imploded in one game and looked snakebit in another. Entering the final week of the regular season, the Penguins are clutching to a playoff spot that hardly looks like a sure thing anymore. You’ve got to win games this time of year.” Pittsburgh let an early two-goal lead slip away in a 5-3 loss to Columbus on Saturday and were beaten 4-1 by Philadelphia on Sunday despite peppering Flyers goaltender Steve Mason with 47 shots.