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from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
Pittsburgh Penguins fans are outraged at Flyers left wing Zac Rinaldo.
They're angry over a dirty hit that injured Letang in the first period of the Flyers' 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday night a Wells Fargo Center and disgusted about Rinaldo's postgame comments in which he bragged that he "changed the game" and "might have changed" his club's fortunes in what's been a bad season.
Since his hit, Rinaldo has been getting bashed virtually nonstop with messages sent to his @rinaldozac Twitter account, many of which were quite vulgar.
Others kept it clean by calling Rinaldo a disgrace, thug, beer leaguer, embarrassment, idiot, Neanderthal, coward, punk, puke, scumbag, tooth bag, meathead, dirty, useless, moron, garage, trash, scrub, goon and savage.
Plus a game misconduct.
Update #2: Via The Score's Navin Vaswani:
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Games Tuesday and Wednesday at the Flyers and against the Blackhawks present the Penguins an opportunity to take a few days off feeling good about themselves, the best-case scenario a 5-3-1 record in January entering the break.
Or the Penguins could stew for four days and reconvene for practice following two losses that dropped them into fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with a 3-5-1 record in January and losses in seven of eight against division opponents.
“We have to get our game back and get back in sync,” coach Mike Johnston said. “That's the real key thing for me right now.”
That the Penguins need to bounce back from losses to the Islanders and Rangers, one more wretched than the next, is the easy part.
How they do it gets a little more complex.
The Penguins went winless in back-to-back games twice over the first 10 weeks of the season. It's happened three times — including a seasonlong four games without a win Dec. 22-29 — since.
“You can't get into a spot where you lose a couple games in a row,” Johnston said. “We've lost two. Now, we have to respond.”
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
This notion of just get in is no different than just show up, so the Penguins should forget about sneaking into the playoffs. The Kings, with two titles in three years, have earned the right to try that.
These Penguins haven't earned anything in a long time.
Late Sunday afternoon, after his club's sixth regulation loss in 11 games, Johnston repeated a word his Penguins need to learn: “response.”
The Penguins' response since winning the Cup almost six years ago is always to just show up, and it's never been good enough for greatness.
Never will be, either.
New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will serve as injury replacements at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game to be played Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
Halak and Fleury will replace injured goalies Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings.
No explanation needed...
You make the call...
Max Paciorettyput the Canadiens up 1-0, but may have had some help from Brendan Gallagher.
added 12:34pm, Penguins' release is below...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Take a look at the NHL's scoring leaders. Jakub Voracek, Tyler Seguin, Claude Giroux, Ryan Getzlaf. OK. Keep going. Down, down, down, oh, there's Sidney Crosby.
The defending Hart Trophy winner is enduring an unusual point drought and sits 12th in league scoring. After a torrid start to the season, Crosby has just four goals in his last 26 games. The paucity of goals (he is tied for fourth with 27 assists) makes you wonder if this is some sort of lingering issue with a wrist injury that plagued him during the playoffs last spring.
Not that he is the sort to make excuses. Still, the bright side, if you're a Pens fan, is that even with Crosby off the mark near the midpoint, the Penguins, who defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on New Year's Eve in a game that saw Crosby held off the score sheet, remain tied with the New York Islanders for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division and one point off the top point total in the Eastern Conference.
read on for Custance on Nick Foligno, LeBrun on USA/Canada WJC and Strang on Clint Reif
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins will be without forward Patric Hornqvist for “several weeks” because of a lower-body injury he sustained during the first period of Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Capitals at Consol Energy Center.
Hornqvist absorbed a shot from Penguins defenseman Scott Harrington with the lower part of his leg late in the period and limped to the bench, where he could be seen in obvious pain. He returned briefly but didn't come out on the ice after the first intermission.
This will be the second absence this season for Hornqvist, who also missed two games because of a concussion.
Defenseman Kris Letang, who missed the final two minutes of Saturday's game, has a bruised foot and was held out of practice as a precaution, coach Mike Johnston said.
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