Daniel Alfredsson, Zdeno Chara, Daniel Paille

Poll: Team Alfredsson vs. Team Chara

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PHT got to the most important bit of the 2012 Fantasy Draft already (i.e. showering attention on Logan Couture’s humiliation), but you might want to know how the full draft went. Consider this post your guide to how it all went down.

Starting things off, the captains and their alternates/assistants:

Team Alfredsson

Daniel Alfredsson (captain)
Henrik Lundqvist (alternate)

Team Chara

Zdeno Chara (captain)
Joffrey Lupul (alternate)

Team Chara won the coin toss and received the first selection, so here’s the pick-by-pick rundown. (Thanks to NHL.com for saving me some typing.)

ROUND 1

Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa

ROUND 2

Team Chara: Tim Thomas, G, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza, C, Ottawa

ROUND 3

Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh
Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles

ROUND 4

Team Chara: Marian Hossa, RW, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia

ROUND 5

Team Chara: Kimmo Timonen, D, Philadelphia
Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang, D, Pittsburgh

ROUND 6

Team Chara: Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay

ROUND 7

Team Chara:Carey Price, G, Montreal
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott, G, St. Louis

ROUND 8

Team Chara: Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber, D, Nashville

ROUND 9

Team Chara: Ryan Suter, D, Nashville
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver

ROUND 10

Team Chara: Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi, D, NY Rangers

ROUND 11

Team Chara: Brian Campbell, D, Florida
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle, D, Phoenix

ROUND 12

Team Chara: Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek, LW, Ottawa

ROUND 13

Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf, D, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver

ROUND 14

Team Chara: Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary
Team Alfredsson: James Neal, LW, Pittsburgh

ROUND 15

Team Chara: Dennis Wideman, D, Washington
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler, D, Vancouver

ROUND 16

Team Chara: Marian Gaborik, RW, NY Rangers
Team Alfredsson: John Tavares, C, NY Islanders

ROUND 17

Team Chara: Jordan Eberle, RW, Edmonton
Team Alfredsson: Scott Hartnell, LW, Philadelphia

ROUND 18

Team Chara: Tyler Seguin, C, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville, RW, Buffalo

ROUND 19

Team Chara: Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture, C, San Jose

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Team Chara received these rookies:

Luke Adam, C, Buffalo
Raphael Diaz, D, Montreal
Colin Greening, LW, Ottawa
Cody Hodgson, C, Vancouver
Ryan Johansen, C, Columbus
Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Colorado

Team Alfredsson drew these first-year players:

Sean Couturier, C, Philadelphia
Justin Faulk, D, Carolina
Carl Hagelin, LW, NY Rangers
Nick Johnson, RW, Minnesota
Matt Read, RW, Philadelphia
Craig Smith, C, Nashville

(Please note that the aforementioned rookies will participate in the skills competition only.)

With that in mind, let’s have fun with two polls:

First, which roster is best equipped to win the skills competition?

Lastly, which team should win the 2012 NHL All-Star Game?

To make it easier, here are the two rosters (in order of selection):

Team Alf

Forwards: Alfredsson, Spezza, Giroux, Stamkos, the Sedin twins, Neal, Tavares, Hartnell, Pominville and Couture.
Defensemen: Karlsson, Letang, Weber, Girardi, Yanle and Edler.
Goalies: Lundqvist, Quick, Elliott

Team Chara

Forwards: Lupul, Datsyuk, Malkin, Hossa, Perry, Kessel, Kane, Iginla, Gaborik, Eberle, Seguin, and Benn.
Defensemen: Chara, Timmonen, Suter, Campbell, Phaneuf and Wideman.
Goalies: Thomas, Price and Howard.

Capitals accuse Letang of leaving his feet, hitting Johansson in head

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Get this: the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins seem divided on the legality of Kris Letang‘s hit on Marcus Johansson.

(Take a moment to gather your thoughts amid this shocking revelation.)

You can watch the hit over and over in the video above. This post features some takes on that check, which the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reportedly reviewing.

Generally speaking, the three things people discuss regarding the check is how late it might be, if Letang used his feet and if Johansson’s head was the principal point of contact.

Letang told his side of the story:

The Capitals disagree:

While Barry Trotz pleads the Fifth after his previous comments about Brooks Orpik‘s suspension:

No doubt about it, Letang’s status is the top story to follow in this series between Games 3 and 4. We’ll find out soon enough how it all shakes out.

Penguins ride Murray’s masterpiece to 2-1 series lead vs. Capitals

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If Marc-Andre Fleury suiting up bothers Matt Murray, then the rookie goalie channeled those feelings into a masterful performance on Monday.

The Washington Capitals absolutely dominated Game 3, but Murray was even better, stopping 47 shots as the Penguins stole one 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.

(Capitals fans might see some parallels to Washington’s Game 5 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers; they fell 2-0 despite a 44-11 shots on goal edge thanks to Michal Neuvirth‘s heroics.)

Murray stopped chance after chance before Alex Ovechkin finally broke through for his first goal of this series. Justin Williams then brought the Penguins’ lead down to 3-2 to make for a hold-your-breath final minute.

A driven Ovechkin and strong overall play from the Capitals (despite this defeat) aren’t the only reasons why Game 4 might present some twists.

First things first: Kris Letang might get suspended for Game 4 (if not for more than one game) thanks to this controversial check on Marcus Johansson.

Beyond that, there could be some bumps and bruises from this contest.

Bryan Rust left during the first period and didn’t return to the game after blocking a shot. Brian Dumoulin seemed shaken up after an Alex Ovechkin hit in the third period. The Capitals might have a player or two to look at, as well.

In other words, the Penguins could really lack for quality defensemen with Letang possibly suspended and possible injury absences for Dumoulin and Olli Maatta.

This series is living up to the hype … and really building up the hate.

Yes, NHL is reportedly looking at Letang’s hit on Johansson

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It remains to be seen if Kris Letang will get suspended for his hit on Marcus Johansson … and if he does, for how long.

(You can read initial reactions and some analysis about the specifics of the check vs. the one that got Brooks Orpik suspended here.)

There are a few things we do know already.

For one thing, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reportedly looking into it.

Another factor that could help Letang avoid a suspension or limit the duration of supplemental discipline: Marcus Johansson returned during the second period.

In fact, Johansson delivered some hits on Letang.

There have been some nasty moments in Game 3, and more might be coming. The Penguins lead 2-0 with a few minutes remaining in the middle frame.

Kris Letang may face suspension for hit on Marcus Johansson

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Update: Reports indicate that the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is indeed looking into the hit.

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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.

Update: The Penguins won the game 3-2.

Read reactions to the check here.