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New sandwich honors Penguins 'HBK' line

Famed Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh unveils offering as nod to Hagelin, Bonino, Kessel

by @NHL /

The Pittsburgh Penguins' line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel has been so powerful this postseason, it is inspiring a Steel City food institution to alter its menu.

Primanti Bros. rolled out a sandwich dubbed "The HBK" at 27 of its 30 nationwide locations ahead of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday. The sandwich, available for a limited time, has ham (for Hagelin), bacon (for Bonino) and kielbasa (for Kessel) on the sandwich shop's customary white bread with french fries and cole slaw on top.

Tweet from @primantibros: Cheer HBK. Live HBK. Now eat HBK w/ our ham, bacon & kielbasa sandwich, available for Game 4! #HBKSandwich #HBKLine

Primanti Bros. has been a sandwich mainstay in Pittsburgh since 1933 and has nine locations in the city, including one at the home of the Penguins, Consol Energy Center. The restaurant's website calls the HBK "large enough for Phil Kessel's unruly appetite" and "is also perfect for Hagelin, Bonino and all Pens' fans."

Kessel, Bonino and Hagelin have combined for three goals and six assists in the Penguins' Eastern Conference Final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The three have combined for 14 goals and 39 points during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game 4 is Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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