The night the Pens' season almost died


Crosby1.jpgIt was almost the worst scenario imaginable for Penguins fans, and
it’s still far from good. In the same game, the Pittsburgh Penguins
almost lost both Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby to potentially serious
injury, and we’re still not certain what the extent of Malkin’s injury
might be.

Crosby looked to have injured his knee just minutes into
the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, when his right leg was caught
underneath him when Steve Downie appeared to attempt to slew foot the
NHL’s leading scorer. Crosby returned, and says it wasn’t as bad as some
have made it out to be.

“I saw the replay between periods,” he said. “He kind of got his leg
underneath me and was trying to catch up with me there. He got me in a
pretty bad position.

“I don’t think there’s a need for his leg to be behind my knee like
that, but after we both fall, I guess anything can happen. But when you
put your leg behind a guy like that, it’s a little questionable. But
those things happen. It’s part of the game sometimes.”

We’ll have more on Crosby’s potential injury once we learn something
today, but it appears that he’ll be fine. Malkin, on the other hand,
might not be. Malkin took a shot of his right leg and didn’t return to
the game, and there’s no news on the severity of the injury. It could be
nothing and he’ll be back for the next game.

Imagine if both Crosby and Malkin were seriously injured in the same
game? I shudder at the roar that would come from Pittsburgh — the
heartbreak, the anger and the confusion.

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

Jarret Stoll, Mats Zuccarello
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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.

This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.