“It’s maybe a little weird to think that, at the halfway point, you’re fighting for your playoff life,” Crosby said. “But that’s the situation for a lot of teams. Finding that desperation and understanding is important, and hopefully something that’s going to help us here.”
On the bright side, the Penguins have been looking much better lately. They’re 5-2-2 in their last seven games and seem to be showing an offensive burst they often lacked under Mike Johnston.
That seems especially true for Crosby, who looks more and more like … well, Sidney Crosby.
Overall, this isn’t exactly a hopeless situation for the Penguins, yet it’s probably an unusual feeling to face so much uncertainty.
Maybe it will turn out to be a blessing in disguise in the long run?
Well, it had to end sometime. Sadly, it ended a little ugly, too.
The Vancouver Canucks beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime on Monday, ending the Panthers’ franchise-record winning streak at 12 games.
Jake Virtanen proved to be something of a hero not that long after being scapegoated in the Vancouver area, as Virtanen tied it up late in the third period. The Sedin twins then teamed up for the overtime clincher on a 4-on-3 power play after Jaromir Jagr took a costly OT penalty.
Florida’s been fantastic at protecting leads lately, but it didn’t work out this time.
On a night when Canucks fans cheered “Lu” after a big save, the feelings weren’t always warm and fuzzy, especially as the two teams squabbled after the overtime-winner went in. From the look of things, Daniel Sedin (or Henrik?) jawed at the Panthers bench, and some chaos ensued.
Wow. Melee at Florida bench after the game. Shorthouse said Henrik said something to Panther bench, then Montoya got into it with Dorsett.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Hendricks will forfeit $29,838.72. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
You can see the full explanation in the video above, but long story short, the big three points were that it was a boarding hit, it caused an injury and Hendricks has no suspension history despite a pretty lengthy career as a gritty forward.