The Pittsburgh Penguins have set the standard when it comes to overcoming injuries this season. Of course, their formula of having a spare superstar in case one goes down isn’t particularly easy to emulate.
The Penguins won their fourth straight game without Evgeni Malkin and seventh overall, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Sidney Crosby.
He scored his 20th goal of the season and added two assists en route to a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames this afternoon. He’s leading the league with 54 points in 38 games, which puts him on pace for about 116 points this season.
Either one of those injuries would be a big loss for a team that’s playoff hopes already look bleak. Meanwhile, the Penguins are opening up a huge lead in the race for the Metropolitan Division title, which might make things a lot less stressful for them in the second half of the season.
Even the best goalie in the world – one who makes it look easy – can lose his cool sometimes.
(Heck, that used to be the domain of Patrick Roy, right?)
It was quite the sight on Thursday nonetheless: Carey Price absolutely lost his cool and went after Kyle Palmieri during the Montreal Canadiens’ game against the New Jersey Devils. You can watch that spectacle in the video above.
Palmieri received an interference penalty while Price received a roughing double-minor. Apparently fits of Price anger are rare:
Carey Price loses it?! That's like seeing a unicorn.
Sometimes it feels like John Tavares is alone on an island. Even during such grimmer times, there are moments where it seems like he can do it all by himself, anyway.
The New York Islanders have been quietly getting it back together lately (4-0-1 in their last five games), with Tavares averaging a point per contest during that span. Still, he’s obviously been getting some help lately.
If you want an “all by himself” moment, look no further than the goal above, where he just out-efforts everyone. It’s an unusual sight, although especially jaded people may just come to expect this type of thing from Tavares. He’s that great.
Niskanen will miss at least one game from that Bergeron hit
The Capitals consider the valuable blueliner day-to-day with an upper-body injury and noted that he won’t travel to Buffalo for Friday’s game against the Sabres.
That only tells us so much, as the Capitals will face the Vancouver Canucks at home in their next game after that on Sunday. If that’s all he ends up missing, that wouldn’t be too huge of an issue. CSN Mid-Atlantic notes that he’s played in every game (all 189) since joining the Capitals, so he’s been healthy so far in his stay with Washington.
Washington called up defenseman Aaron Ness to help give them some depth.
As you may recall, Bergeron received a two-minute boarding minor for the check in question.
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