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If you answered, five, you are correct.
A fire-drill type goal by Nicklas Grossmann of the Philadelphia Flyers tonight.
The two teams faceoff tonight on NBCSN, TSN2 and RDS starting at 7:30pm ET.
"It's more intense than anything I had in the Western Conference. Anaheim was our biggest rivalry when I played with L.A. But last year, when I stepped on the ice, it felt like both teams wanted to take each others' heads off. It definitely makes for exciting hockey for the fans, and as a player, these are the type of games that I like to play in. I can't wait to get it started tonight."
-Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers on their rivalry with the Pittsburgh Penguins. More on tonight's game from Sam Carchidi of Broad Steet Bull.
“With Matt’s history, he probably gets a tough call on that one. I think that’s unnecessary.I think we all saw the play and know what happened and know that it was an accident. If you ask anyone that understands the game at all, they’ll tell you that it’s pretty hard to try to intentionally do what he did. Unfortunately, his past creeps in and people probably give him a hard time. He’s really tried to clean up the way he plays and I think he’s done a pretty good job with that. His past gives him a tough guy, but he’s made a strong effort of making sure that he’s better.”
-Sidney Crosby on Matt Cooke and the Erik Karlsson injury. Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun has more quotes from the Penguins side, including Cooke himself.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
"I asked him if he wanted a trade," Shero told ESPN.com this week.
These are the moments that define a person, a career even. In some ways, they define a franchise too.
Martin, signed to a five-year, $25-million deal in the summer of 2010, could not have been blamed if he said, "Yes, get me the heck out of here."
Fans were certainly clamoring for just such a move throughout the season as the mistakes piled up and Martin's play worsened.
"He was embarrassed by his year," Shero said.
But Martin looked at his boss and insisted he wanted to stay. He told Shero he didn't want to take the easy way out. Moreover, Martin pledged to return this season a different player, the old player, the player that had made him one of the top free-agent defensemen on the market in 2010.
Instead, the puck finds the back of the net.
Both Evgeni Malkin and Marc Staal received 2 minutes for roughing after this scrum last night.
from Chris Johnston now of Sportsnet,
What stands out most during a few days around the Penguins in the early stages of the 48-game season is how significantly Crosby's narrative has changed. No longer is he asked endlessly about the well-documented concussion and neck injuries that cost him most of the last two seasons.
Even the frustration stemming from a lockout took another 34 games off the prime of his career has quickly faded into the background.
"I just think he's back to being the normal Sidney Crosby," said Penguins GM Ray Shero. "He's thinking about everything else except his health. He's thinking about the team, he's thinking about how he can be better, how he's training, how we can improve this or that. Now it's back to normal, which has been awhile.
"That is really something that we haven't had for a long time."
The optimism doesn't come solely from seeing Crosby back on the ice. Instead it's rooted in how good he's felt for the better part of 10 months. His official comeback (version 2.0) came in March with a 20-game stretch to complete the regular season and playoffs, and was followed by an intense summer of workouts and long fall of waiting out the lockout.
TORONTO (January 24, 2013) – Overnight data from BBM Canada confirms that last night’s NHL ON TSN match-up featuring Toronto @ Pittsburgh was watched by an average audience of 1.4 million viewers – the network’s most-watched regular season NHL game since 2009.
Overall, nearly 4.8 million Canadians watched some part of the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Audience levels peaked at 2.2 million viewers on TSN with just under two minutes left in the third period.
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
I‘m not sure any of us can fully process what‘s happened to hockey in Pittsburgh, from the three championships to the 14 scoring titles in 24 years to the various events — some as bizarre as they were blessed — that led to the confluence of Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
But here we are …
· A 255-game sellout streak.
· A season-ticket waiting list of 9,500.
· Higher local TV ratings than any U.S.-based NHL team and higher than any NBA team.
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