Even the glass isn’t safe when the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins get together.
During the second period of Wednesday’s Rivalry Night game, Chris Kunitz threw a solid hit on Nick Schultz along the end boards, with the impact dislodging a pane of glass, which came crashing down to the ice, drawing quite a reaction from the fans and halting play.
Through two periods, both teams had combined for 34 registered hits, according to NHL.com.
Lecavalier, 34, scored on a rebound for the Philadelphia Flyers late in the first period to get his team on even terms with the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s just the eighth goal of the season for Lecavalier, who once scored 52 goals in a season back in 2006-2007.
Sidney Crosby reached a career milestone with his goal to open the scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of Wednesday’s rivalry game.
The Penguins star and captain scored his 300th career NHL goal — in his 622nd regular season game — at 3:29 of the opening period. It’s his 26th goal of the season. In what has supposedly been a down year for Crosby, his goal Wednesday is also his league-leading 80th point.
Alex Burrows received a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for hitting unsuspecting Nashville Predators forward Paul Gaustad late in the third period of Tuesday’s game.
But the veteran Vancouver Canucks forward maintained that what occurred was just a collision between the two players, who were both skating up ice just inside the Vancouver zone. The Canucks managed to kill off the five-minute Predators power play before going on to a shootout victory.
“You’re always worried,” Burrows told the Vancouver Sun. “But it’s not for me to judge or forecast what’s going to happen. I’ll let the people who are in charge make the call and we’ll go from there.
“We did collide. My intentions weren’t to hurt him or anything. It’s tough to say; it’s a tough call. It’s not up to me really to judge if I thought it was a penalty (but) when they told me it was a five, I was pretty surprised and I was upset a little bit about it. But the boys battled and they found a way.”
Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa was also given a misconduct at the same time.
During the video, Bieksa can be seen skating by Gaustad, who was down on the ice, and saying something that caught the immediate attention of the referee.
A meeting against the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs in a back-to-back situation right after a big win against the Montreal Canadiens was enough to doom the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
The Lightning, one point back of the Habs for top spot in the Atlantic Division, lost to the Maple Leafs, who occupy a spot near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, by a final score of 3-1.
James Reimer made 40 saves for the win. The Leafs have now won two in a row.
Meanwhile, the Lightning is off to the post-season. But Tampa Bay, now with four games remaining in its regular season, missed out on an opportunity to jump back ahead of the Habs for the division lead.
“We laid a lot on the table last night, and we have not had the greatest success in back-to-backs this year and we have a young team,’’ said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, as per the Tampa Tribune.
“It’s all part of learning, so it shouldn’t matter that you come in to face a team that is struggling in the second half of the season, they are proud players and they are trying to win a hockey game. We tried to win the hockey game and we just didn’t have it tonight.’’