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Cassie Campbell and Kevin Weekes chime in too...
No excuse for what Shawn Thornton did there. Looked to me like he completely lost it after couple borderline hits from Penguins. Cant happen
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) December 8, 2013
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the first period against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
With play stopped, Orpik and Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton were in a confrontation, and Orpik remained injured on the ice.
Penguins players immediately called for medical assistance.
Thornton and Orpik became involed after Bruins forward Brad Marchand, while on the ice, took a knee to the head from Penguins forward James Neal.
Thornton was assessed a match penalty; he appeared to pull Orpik down and punch him while he was on the ice.
Neal was assessed a two-minute penalty for kneeing.
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson left the game after his first shift following a hit from Orpik.
Watch the incident below... added 8:36pm, both Boston and Pittsburgh broadcasts can be viewed below...
added 8:40pm, Orpik hit on Eriksson added below too...
from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Fleury made 44 saves Thursday in a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center. That was a season-high and three saves shy of his career best.
After that game, Sharks second-leading scorer Logan Couture suggested that Fleury's save total wasn't reflective of his performance. "He gave up a lot of rebounds, and on a lot of shots, he looked shaky," Couture said. "We weren't able to score on second chances."
San Jose's Joe Pavelski suggested that Fleury "was fighting it all night. It felt like we could have had five [goals]."
Those words didn't sit well with the Penguins, particularly Couture's assertion that Fleury was "shaky."
"I think that's kind of a stupid comment," defenseman Matt Niskanen said Friday after the Penguins practiced at Southpointe. "Sure, they had a lot of chances. They didn't bury them because he competed really hard.
"I'm assuming he's talking about ones where [Fleury] is rolling around on the ice trying to make saves. Those are second opportunities that we didn't clean up. He had to make consecutive saves on several occasions. To say he looked shaky, that's just stupid."
ESPN hosted an online chat today with Scott Burnside...
Is Steve Mason for real? Should he be getting Vezina consideration?
Scott Burnside Chris; Yes, I think it's fair to say that Steve Mason is the real deal; again. I recall talking to goaltending coach Jeff Reese during training camp and he thought apart from some of the technical things they were working on that one of the big factors was the Flyers' belief in Mason was going to be a big deal to Mason. It was time for a change and even when the team was struggling Mason has been very consistent. Vezina? Might be a stretch with guys like Carey Price, Semyon Varlamov, Josh Harding also having great seasons but Mason's is a great tale Vezina or not.
What is wrong with Kris Letang?Starting with the playoffs and now this season he isnt playing like his normal self.
Scott Burnside No doubt last spring was a nightmare for Letang (and Pens fans in general) and you wonder how it might have eroded his confidence. Even with the contract extension he still can't seem to shake the mistakes that have come to mark his game. Being injured to start the season didn't help and maybe he is worried bout the Canadian Olympic team (he should stop worrying, by the way, as I don't think that's going to happen for him) but definitely needs to get back on track. On a positive note, the Pens have been patient with guys whose game goes sideways ie. Paul Martin and Letang is still a young man so entirely likely he'll get that swagger back in his game.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins twitter,
Evgeni Malkin is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Malkin will not be playing tonight vs. San Jose, per #Pens coach Bylsma.
via the Toronto Maple Leafs twitter,
Carlyle: Kessel will play tonight. Bozak out indefinitely with an oblique strain. Orr out with an elbow injury
from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,
“In a month I’ll see the doctor and see more of what he thinks I should do,” Vokoun said in the BB&T Center Press Box Saturday night. “Then it’s up to me to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision. In six months it would be tough to come back before the season is over. We’ll see.”
Vokoun left practice Sept. 21 after he noticed swelling in his thigh. He was taken to the emergency room where a blood clot was diagnosed. Vokoun underwent a procedure to fix the problem. Since that time he’s been resting and recovering in his home in Florida.
“I feel great,” Vokoun said. “I’m still taking the medication, but I feel good. Hopefully everything is going well as far as I can tell.
“Once every two weeks I get my blood drawn and they check the level. That’s basically all I’m doing.”
Malkin gets for Delay of Game, Equipment Violation.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
While a minor penalty could have resulted to Evgeni Malkin for his deliberate and intentional contact with Jonathan Bernier (69.2) an argument could be made that Malkin was digging for what he thought to be a 'loose' puck and no penalty would result. Either way (penalty or not) a clear violation of goalkeeper interference took place and the goal should have been waved off.
This dirty goal is just another example for the ongoing need to allow the referee(s) to conduct a video review when goalkeeper interference is suspected. If a Coach's Challenge was allowed, Randy Carlyle would have rightly tossed the flag instead of just blowing a gasket to no avail.
more and watch the goal below...
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
What to dissect and at least attempt to digest from the latest collapse for the Maple Leafs, a 6-5 shootout loss to the Penguins here Wednesday night?
Well, most glaring was a blown 4-1 lead early in the second period, albeit to a Penguins team loaded with firepower enhanced by an awakened Evgeni Malkin.
There was the unfathomable third period and overtime session when the Leafs didn’t manage a single shot on net and were outshot 19-0 in that process, sending a holiday weekend sellout crowd at the Consol Energy Center into a frenzy.
And then there was the flailing penalty kill, one that surrendered three power-play goals at least one of which, depending on your point of view, was helped by debatable officiating.
continued and watch the Malkin, debatable goal below...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 27, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine today announced the team has claimed forward Matt D’Agostini off of waivers.
D’Agostini (10/23/86, 6'0", 198 lbs), who was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday, has played in eight games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14, recording an assist and four penalty minutes. He joined the Penguins at the start of the season after signing a one-year contract in July.
Prior to the Penguins, D’Agostini played for the Montreal Canadiens (2007-08 – 2009-10), St. Louis Blues (2009-10 – 2012-13) and the New Jersey Devils (2012-13). He has notched 96 points (47+49) through 275 career games in the NHL
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