The Pittsburgh Penguins could be without defenseman Kris Letang versus the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Then again, he could still play.
Letang was hurt after taking a hit along the end boards during Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He did remain in the game, after having an X-ray, according to the Penguins’ website, but was seen in pain on the Pittsburgh bench after taking the hit.
As per reports, he did not skate Saturday.
“Tanger’ was being evaluated today,” said head coach Mike Sullivan. “We haven’t gotten any definitive results, so right now he’ll be a game-time decision for tomorrow.”
Well, that was fast.
Patrice Bergeron gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 lead just 45 seconds into Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, as he completely fooled goalie Jonathan Bernier with a move to the backhand and tucked the puck into essentially a wide open net.
Two other notes on this goal:
— That’s a heads-up stretch pass from Torey Krug.
— That’s not a good line change from the Leafs, leading to the Krug stretch pass.
It was all looking so good for the L.A. Kings.
Tyler Toffoli had just given them a two-goal lead early in the third period against the Ottawa Senators. It was a beauty goal, too. Milan Lucic‘s cross-ice pass off the rush was right on the mark to Toffoli, who re-directed the puck past Craig Anderson. Vincent Lecavalier scored his first goal of the season — and first since April 1, 2015. And the Kings had a 26-12 edge in shots on goal after 40 minutes.
Then it all fell apart.
The Senators scored four unanswered goals in the third period to take a 5-3 victory.
Bobby Ryan got the comeback started. Just 26 seconds later, Jean-Gabriel Pageau tied it. And Mika Zibanejad gave the Senators the lead less than five minutes later. Meanwhile, Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on just 22 shots faced.
That furious third-period comeback victory puts the Senators within a point of the Montreal Canadiens for the final Wild Card spot in the East.
David Perron‘s point production had been underwhelming in Pittsburgh, but Ducks’ general manager Bob Murray believes that has the possibility to change for the better in Anaheim.
The Ducks and Penguins finalized a trade late Friday night/early Saturday morning that sent Carl Hagelin to Pittsburgh, and Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening, to Anaheim.
Playing for the Edmonton Oilers at the time, Perron hit a single-season career high in goals (28) and points (57) in 2013-14. But he didn’t come close to matching that during his time — 86 games between last season and this one — in Pittsburgh.
He also joins the Ducks currently in the midst of a 19-game scoring drought.
“He should be motivated. He definitely needed a change of scenery from Pittsburgh. We’ve all seen him get very hot at times. We can use someone getting really hot,” said Murray, as per the Ducks’ website.
“He’s still a young guy. He’s definitely been streaky, but he’s definitely skilled. You’re hoping the chemistry is good with whoever he plays with, and it fits right away. I know he was very excited on the phone last night. It was strange how it all went down.
“We wanted to do it this morning, but somehow it ended up happening late last night. Hopefully he comes here excited. He’ll get to play with one of our two good centermen. Bruce [Boudreau] will figure that out. He’s been known to light it up, and that can’t hurt us.”
The shot totals don’t paint a flattering picture for the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
But they have Cory Schneider as their goaltender and he stole them a victory over the Arizona Coyotes, who had their seven-game point streak snapped but remain second in the Pacific Division.
New Jersey had only 16 shots on goal. The Coyotes had 38. And yet the Devils managed to come away with a 2-0 win. Reid Boucher scored his first of the season and Kyle Palmieri added the insurance goal 18 seconds into the third period.
And Schneider, among the league leaders in numerous goaltender categories, continued to shut the door.
The Coyotes nearly hit the century mark for shot attempts. They had 96 attempts in total, as per hockeystats.ca. Schneider was unbeatable and the Devils blocked 27 shots.
Yeah, just a tad lopsided — except on the scoreboard.