Tonight’s season finale for the Atlanta Thrashers became a bit chippy, as the Penguins seemed to take exception to Atlanta’s physical play (although the Penguins outhit the Thrashers 19-5). Things also seemed to get all the more testy when the Thrashers laid a couple of hits on superstar Sidney Crosby.
This seemed to lead to some retaliation — of sorts — from the Penguins and Matt Cooke started targeting Evander Kane. That didn’t go so well.
After the game, Atlanta coach John Anderson had some choice words for Crosby and Cooke, including this:
“Crosby is so great for this game, he’s a wonderful player, but you know…you’re gonna get hit out there a little bit. As much as you don’t want to see him hurt or anything like that he’s gonna get hit because he has the puck so much. How else do you take it off him? That’s just part of the game. But everytime he gets body checked does that mean somebody’s got to get attacked?”
Here’s the video:
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.