The two prominent forwards that the Pittsburgh Penguins snatched from the Boston Bruins around trade deadline time won’t even be in the desperate team’s top-six in Game 3 on Wednesday. At least not to start things out.
The Penguins’ Twitter feed confirms that Jarome Iginla was shifted to the team’s third line alongside Brandon Sutter and Beau Bennett while Matt Cooke moves up to join Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
Iginla has been struggling against the team he spurned. He has a -3 rating and zero points in two games against Boston and hasn’t had a point in his last three games overall. He’s only scored in one game (a two-goal performance) in his last six playoff contests.
It probably wouldn’t be fair to call him a bust, however, as he still has almost as many points (12) as playoff games played (13) in 2013.
Still, it’s likely that Bruins fans will poke some fun, especially if Boston moves a 2-0 series lead to 3-0 tonight.
(Bennett, 21, replaces Jussi Jokinen in the lineup, by the way.)
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For those who decry the decline in fighting – in “blood and guts” hockey – Tuesday presented a bloody moment, one fairly high on this season’s Muta scale.
Also, for some, seeing it happen to Tom Wilson specifically may provide additional pleasure.
Anyway, as you can see in the video above, Minnesota Wild winger Chris Stewart bloodied the Washington Capitals pest in a fight. Whether you’re for, against or neutral toward Wilson, it’s quite the sight.
Wilson may be hurt, by the way. He missed some time but returned later in the contest.
Auston Matthews likely ranks as the top reason that many Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to get the same feelings they had in better times, so it only makes sense that he broke a beloved Buds’ record on Tuesday.
With his 35th goal of a potential Calder season – but a brilliant debut either way – Matthews passed Wendel Clark for the Maple Leafs’ rookie record for goals in a season.
That goal was also meaningful for William Nylander, as he extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist. This team, fueled by young players, just keeps shattering first-year marks:
Leafs rookie record watch:
GOALS – 35 Matthews ASSISTS – 40 Marner tied with Bodnar POINT STREAK – 12 games Nylander SHG – 3 Hyman
The U.S. women’s national team voted in favor of accepting USA Hockey’s deal, so they’ll participate in the world championship tournament. USA Hockey recently made the news official with this press release.
The press release confirmed a report that the contract will last four years, while financial terms were kept confidential. (Team members had been seeking a living wage to represent USA Hockey.)
“Our sport is the big winner today,” Team captain Meghan Duggan said. “We stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockey’s leadership listened. In the end, both sides came together. I’m proud of my teammates and can’t thank everyone who supported us enough. It’s time now to turn the page. We can’t wait to play in the World Championship later this week in front of our fans as we try and defend our gold medal.”