Injuries continue to assail the Pittsburgh Penguins, yet they keep battling. Perhaps clinching a playoff berth will soothe some of those wounds, then.
They punched their ticket after beating the Buffalo Sabres in a spirited 3-1 bout on Tuesday, becoming the fourth NHL team to do so in 2016-17. As the latest example of how ridiculous the Metropolitan Division is, consider that the Penguins are the third Metro team to clinch.
Speaking of that stout division, Pittsburgh didn’t get to go to first place tonight, as the Washington Capitals rode a great Alex Ovechkin performance to a 4-2 win against the Calgary Flames.
Alex Ovechkin has 11 shots on net, a goal, two assists and drew a penalty. He's been a monster tonight.
If there’s one obvious choice for a Boston Bruins defenseman who would benefit from the team’s increased emphasis on attacking, it would be Torey Krug.
Usually that means advancing the puck in transition and being a little more aggressive in offensive support … but every now and then, Krug turns on the jets and creates chances more or less by himself.
Tuesday presented one of his most impressive moments, as he made it look way too easy going coast-to-coast to score a goal against the Ottawa Senators. You wonder if Erik Karlsson felt a tinge of jealousy in that moment.
Flu seems to be in the water for Sharks with Vlasic out this time
Sidney Crosby showed a moment of brilliance and, in contrast, a moment of bitterness during Tuesday’s Penguins – Sabres game, but it wasn’t the only nasty moment.
Crosby’s young linemate Jake Guentzel was clearly struggling after a hit by Buffalo blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen during the first period. Ristolainen received a five-minute major and game misconduct for interference on that play.
You can see that hard hit in the video above.
The Penguins have already been battling a ridiculous slew of injuries, and it sure seemed like Guentzel was dazed. Not good.
Guentzel not on the bench. #Pens now have 9 players out of the lineup: Daley, Hagelin, Hainsey, Letang, Maatta, Malkin, Rust, Sestitio -SK
For the most part – not with everyone, but with many – gripes about the more … um, abrasive side of Sidney Crosby‘s game have subsided. Every now and then, the superstar Pittsburgh Penguin shows that less appealing aspect, however.
Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres really put the opposite ends of the spectrum on display.
On one hand, you have an ugly moment, as Crosby appeared to spear Ryan O'Reilly in the groin (see video above).
On the other hand, Crosby scored his 41st goal of 2016-17 in dramatic fashion, blazing by the Sabres for what was more or less a one-on-all tally:
You may notice that “ROR” was on the ice for that moment.