Joffrey Lupul

Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul puts call out to Twitter to help find his iPhone and succeeds

You’ve done it, I’ve done it, we’ve all done it. We’ve left our cell phone somewhere and couldn’t locate it.

The terrors, the shakes, the panic sets in as you try to retrace your steps to locating it. You use someone else’s phone to call it to see if you managed to get it lost under a table after a night of shenanigans.

Or if you’re Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul you accidentally left your iPhone in a Toronto taxi cab and got scared. How does one go about recovering that? Lupul took his action to Twitter where he put out the call to his 27,000+ followers to help him find his missing phone.

Lupul offered up a reward for the user that helped find his phone: tickets to the next five Maple Leafs home games and a jersey. A pretty sweet reward if there ever was one since Leafs tickets and a jersey aren’t exactly cheap.

After just ten minutes, Lupul tweeted another update to say the phone was located. He told James Mirtle of The Globe & Mail about his ordeal and about how the power of social media came through for him.

Lupul was amazed so many people took his tweet seriously.

“It was honestly just kind of a shot in the dark,” he said. “I was half joking.

“I called [the cab company] and when I spoke to the lady, she said ‘oh we’ve been expecting your call.’ I think they’re probably so annoyed with me now. But I got it back.”

Because no one person earned the reward, Lupul said he plans to give the cab driver tickets to the Leafs next home game, which will be tomorrow night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It’s a bit of a silly story, but it’s all fun nonetheless. If you’re a hockey fan and you’re not using Twitter, you’re missing out on a lot of fun things like this as it’s one of the mediums the NHL and its players have really warmed up to to help reach out to fans. While there’s been instances like those surrounding new Ducks goalie Dan Ellis that have made it awkward for some players, you’ve got other guys like Paul Bissonnette of Phoenix that have latched onto it for all that it’s worth and made it their own personal haven for fame.

While making themselves available through such a public entity can be both awkward and fantastic for fans, guys like Lupul and Bissonnette that have embraced it through good and bad have set a solid example of how to have fun with the medium and not make it dreadfully boring or overly self-serving just the same. Sure team PR people might have a little heart attack each time something comes out, the fans are enjoying the interaction and that goes a long way to winning fans over.

Kris Letang may face suspension for hit on Marcus Johansson

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As thrilling as this Pittsburgh Penguins – Washington Capitals series has been, it seems like every game presents another controversial hit.

Game 3’s most noteworthy entry (so far?) came when Kris Letang was whistled for interference on Marcus Johansson.

Penguins fans griped that Brooks Orpik didn’t get a major penalty for his hit on Olli Maatta … now Capitals fans likely feel the same about the check Letang delivered.

Watch it in the video above. Also, Stefanie “My Regular Face” has it in GIF form:

Things could get ugly in Game 3:

One factor in a suspension happening – or at least the duration of the suspension – would be what the point of contact was:

Also, lateness of the check:

The Penguins ended the first period up 2-0 against the Capitals, even though Washington played one of its best 20 minutes of the series. Expect more drama.

Fleury suits up (but won’t start) and other Caps – Pens Game 3 notes

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who has been out of action with concussion symptoms, participates in a practice session for the NHL hockey playoffs against the New York Rangers, Monday, April 11, 2016, at their practice facility in Cranberry, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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The Brooks Orpik hit on Olli Maatta isn’t the only factor in lineup changes for Game 3 between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Maybe the most interesting change starts on the Penguins’ bench … where they likely hope that tweak will stay for at least one night.

Marc-Andre Fleury is apparently healthy enough to suit up for the Penguins, although it appears as though Matt Murray will start:

That’s a clear sign that “The Flower” is healthy enough to play, as Murray would be an injury or a coach’s pull away from giving up the net to Fleury. (One would assume.)

Murray has been fantastic for the most part since taking over for Jeff Zatkoff during this postseason, yet you know how the playoffs can be; people may clamor for Fleury after a loss even if it’s not really Murray’s fault.

Circling back to that Orpik hit, the dominoes seem to fall this way:

Penguins: Derrick Pouliot replaces injured Maatta.

Capitals: Dmitry Orlov in for suspended Orpik.

PHT will make note if there are any swerves.

2016 Calder Trophy finalists: Gostisbehere, McDavid and Panarin

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid lines up for a faceoff against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Ever since the NHL kept obstruction in check and thus placed a greater emphasis on speed and skill, we’ve seen some fascinating Calder Trophy debates. This 2015-16 season may present the toughest call in recent memory.

The league named the three finalists on Monday, and even that couldn’t have been easy. They are Edmonton Oilers wunderkind Connor McDavid, breakout Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and high-scoring Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin.

(The NHL made it official here.)

All three make for fantastic debates.

Do you go with McDavid, easily the youngest of the bunch, who produced gaudy per-game numbers but missed almost half of the season?

Perhaps you lean toward Gostisbehere, who also scored at an impressive clip per-game for a defenseman while playing a huge role in the Flyers’ surprising run to a playoff spot?

Or, do you go with Panarin, the guy who easily leads rookies in total points (77, 21 more than Jack Eichel‘s second-place finish) and was so effective that his bonuses will really put the Blackhawks in a bad way? Or do you penalize Panarin for being a little older and for the undeniable benefits he received from riding shotgun with Patrick Kane?

Then again, plenty will merely spend their time griping about “snubs,” as the likes of Jack Eichel and John Gibson were not in the final three despite outstanding work.

Yep, this should be fun … just be nice during your debates.

WATCH LIVE: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins – Game 3

Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65) fires a shot past Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) during the second period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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There’s only one game on the docket tonight, but it’s a marquee matchup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals split their games in DC and now switch to Pittsburgh for Game 3. We’ve seen great work from the likes of Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Nicklas Backstrom and maybe especially Braden Holtby so far … not to mention a considerable cast of supporting characters.

Which team will take a 2-1 lead in this captivating series?

We’ll find out on NBCSN. You can stream the game live via the link below as well:

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