The scene had to be rife with temptation for Ray Shero, watching from his perch high atop Consol Energy Center.

His Penguins, despite a glaring need for about two dozen espressos on this Sunday matinee, eventually took care of business and beat an awful Columbus team, 4-2. That brought a third consecutive victory that overtook Philadelphia for fourth in the Eastern Conference and pushed them within striking distance of first.

Imagine the spoils if Shero can pull off some All-Star addition at the NHL's trading deadline Monday.

Imagine the jolt, the rush.

If that weren't tempting enough, Shero had a first-hand view of Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets' sizable, skilled winger who is unquestionably the best player being shopped. Nash, as if on cue, scored on a short-handed breakaway yesterday.