Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers - Game Three

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The Pittsburgh Penguins won their first round series, but they gave up a number of leads along the way and suffered some defensively lapses. Lately, there hasn’t been much to dislike about Pittsburgh’s performance.

They’re coming off back-to-back shutout wins and hold a 2-1 series lead over the New York Rangers. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma felt Game 2 on Sunday “may have been our most complete game in a lot of areas,” according to NHL.com.

Monday’s contest was a step back in some regards because of the amount of time Pittsburgh spent in its own end, but the Penguins still won cleanly on the strength of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury’s 35-save performance.

At the same time, the Penguins’ recent success might have been aided by the New York Rangers’ situation. Game 3 completed a stretch where the Rangers were forced to play in five contests over seven days. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault let his frustration show by blasting the schedule as “stupid.”

The Rangers got a much needed breather on Tuesday and they will resume their quest to snap their scoring slump tonight. A loss wouldn’t be fatal for them, but it would be a devastating setback.

The game will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and can also be streamed online:


Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.