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Sidney Crosby answered questions from hosts Scott Oake and Craig Simpson plus responded to questions from fans.
from Aaron Vickers at NHL.com,
Giordano was carrying the puck up the boards near center ice when Bortuzzo stepped up and delivered a crushing blow to the Flames captain. Giordano took several minutes to get back to his feet as a scrum ensued. Bortuzzo was assessed a match penalty on the play.
"It's right there," Crosby said. "I'm not sure if he catches his shoulder or head. I've seen [Bortuzzo] step up a lot like that. The way he hits, it looks bad. He's a good guy. He gets low when he hits.
"I didn't see if there was exactly contact to the head or not. We saw a quick replay. It's hard to tell. Obviously the officials are well aware to try to get those hits out of the game, but that's a tough one to tell when it's that quick and two guys are coming that quickly together."
more on the game and watch the hit below...
“If you're going to try and play hockey like the Harlem Globetrotters, you're going to get burned. We continue to make the same mistakes, go for the same highlight reel plays.
“That might look good on the highlight reels every now and then, but it's not a formula for winning.”
-Rob Scuderi of the Pittsburgh Penguins after losing in Edmonton last night. More on the Penguins from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
No, it's not a perfect team. Yes, Ray Shero has work to do. But whether it's Evgeni Malkin's Mario-like return from injury Sunday or James Neal scoring with or without Malkin, or Chris Kunitz joining Neal as a richly deserving candidate for Team Canada, or summertime afterthought Matt Niskanen's plus-21 rating and winning blast past Al Montoya on Sunday, or Olli Maatta looking as poised as any 19-year-old defenseman in these parts since … um, never, it just seems to me this is a season worth appreciating so much more than it has been.
“Yeah, we've kind of noticed that,” Niskanen was saying after the game. “I understand it, too. I think we've all felt the way the fans are feeling with how stuff went down last summer. We felt there was more to this group, too.”
He was referring, of course, to being swept out of the Eastern Conference final by Boston, a still-festering memory that beyond a doubt is most responsible for all this blah. Even all this time, no goals seem to matter except all those that weren't scored against Tuukka Rask.
“I understand where the fans are coming from,” Niskanen continued. “But I think there might also be a few that are a little bit spoiled and expect us to win every game. That's OK. We have high expectations, too. But it's hard to win in this league. Really is.”
“We're doing that right now. We're winning. And you'd better believe we're enjoying it.”
If you missed how the injury occurred, you can watch it here...
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
It's not easy for a defenseman to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. Just ask the Minnesota Wild's Jonas Brodin, who wasn't even a finalist last season.
However, what Olli Maatta and the Pittsburgh Penguins are doing right now, a six-game winning streak with a defensive group decimated by injury, is the kind of thing that sticks in the memories of voters who turn in Calder ballots after the season. Maatta has been unbelievable and the Penguins won again Thursday night, 5-2 over Brodin and the Wild. Maatta had a goal and an assist, and was a plus-3. He skated 21:46 and continues to establish himself as one of the game's best young defensemen.
The Calder race is shaping up to be even tougher than last season. Nathan MacKinnon is cutting into Tomas Hertl's early rookie scoring lead, Valeri Nichushkin of the Dallas Stars is charging back into the picture, and even the Tampa Bay Lightning's Tyler Johnson deserves mention for his efforts while Steven Stamkos is out.
But considering Maatta's age and position, it's hard to top the effort he is turning in right now.
more views from the ESPN Insiders on the games last night...
The DOPS explains the suspension.
No penalty on the play but did Bernier go out of his way to make contact?
Pretty entertaining type of play, but the one below is still one of my favorites...
from Sergei Butov and Slava Malamud at Sport-Express (rough Google translation),
We are here to see you in training sweater tucked into pants. What can you say about the "rule of Ovechkin?"
Malkin- Yes I do with him now not ready to talk because of this! Changed all because of him, and I am suffering. It's already a habit, you know? Whole life to do something, and then forbid it. I when I fill a sweater, I feel that I'm so a hundred times more comfortable. I just cowards are - love to hung lower, and ride up here shirt. In the first month it was a terrible problem. Every time you go out on the ice, the judge you immediately "pushes", and it is also knocks the game. Well, at least now I have made a new sweater - slightly longer at the back.
Alexander just loves to show individuality - sweater pants tuck, roll the sleeves for biceps ...
Malkin- That's right, and because we want young children to emulate. And yellow laces wear and roll up the sleeves. I think the fans should like it when everyone has his own style. Vaughn, Gretzky also ran. I think the NHL correctly entered all at once forbid, with no one to consult ... And all piled one on Ovechkin. Well, then let only Ovechkin and prohibit. I talked about this with Sid, he believes that the rule may be canceled. Far too many are complaining. Can you imagine what would happen if someone's jersey in the playoff remove!
more (translated) including Olympic, Ovechkin and Crosby talk... Note the conversation with Malkin took place before his injury last night.
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