Pittsburgh Penguins

Video: Wings put Franzen on IR after blindside hit from Klinkhammer


Detroit put Johan Franzen on injured reserve with an upper-body ailment Thursday, just hours after taking this hit from Edmonton’s Rob Klinkhammer on Wednesday night (FF to 4:57):

Franzen left the game, returned almost immediately, then felt poorly on the flight out of Edmonton later in the evening, per MLive. The Swedish forward does have a history of concussions, including one last season that knocked him out of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

As for last night’s hit, Klinkhammer wasn’t penalized on the play.

To replace Franzen on the active roster, Detroit has called up Teemu Pulkkinen from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Pulkkinen has been on fire in the American League lately and, on Wednesday, set a Grand Rapids franchise record by scoring a goal in his eighth consecutive game.

The Finnish forward currently leads the AHL in goalscoring, with 20 in 33 games.

Wells Fargo ‘not a building you want to bring your kids to,’ says Orpik


Having spent 11 years on the Penguins side of the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh rivalry, Caps blueliner Brooks Orpik knows a thing or two about the tough crowds as Wells Fargo.

On Thursday, he decided to share some of his thoughts on the matter with CSN Washington

“Probably not a building you want to bring your kids to, that’s for sure,” Orpik said. “They’d learn some new language, especially with the way the benches are set up. They’re kind of open to the crowd.”

Orpik has played against the Flyers 74 times in his career, including 17 times in the playoffs, when the Pens and Flyers met in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Sidney Crosby was the primary villain in those series.

“It can be entertaining, too,” Orpik said “Sometimes they get pretty creative with the signs and I’ve seen them go a little overboard, too. It’s always a real fun building as long as you don’t get behind early. If you get behind early it can be a pretty tough building to play in.”

Orpik was, of course, playing for the Penguins during one of the most infamous games in Wells Fargo history — Game 3 of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, in which the two teams combined for six fighting majors and 158 total penalty minutes:

Tonight, Orpik and the Caps roll into Wells Fargo riding high. They’re 8-1-2 over their last 11 and on a three-game winning streak, which includes last night’s 6-2 victory over the Leafs in Toronto.

J.P. Parise passes away at 73


J.P. Parise, a two-time NHL All-Star and father of Minnesota Wild alternate captain Zach Parise, died on Wednesday night following a battle with lung cancer.

Originally signed by Boston, Parise spent two seasons with the Bruins before moving to Toronto, then Minnesota — and it was with the North Stars where he made his biggest impact, representing the club at the 1970 and ’73 ASGs while also earning a spot on Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series, playing on a line with Phil Esposito.

Parise finished his career with stints on Long Island and Cleveland before moving onto coaching within the Minnesota organization. Following his time with the Stars, Parise then moved on to become the head coach and hockey director for the famed Shattuck-Saint Mary’s high school program, which produced the likes of his son Zach, Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews.

More, from the Star-Tribune:

Zach Parise, who signed a 13-year contract with the Wild in 2012, found out his father had lung cancer when he returned from captaining the 2014 U.S. Olympic hockey team in Sochi, Russia, in February.

J.P. Parise had gone to a doctor because of kidney stones that winter when his cancer was diagnosed. A heavy smoker before quitting in 1973, he survived prostate cancer in 1999.

“I’m 72 years old,” J.P. Parise told the Star Tribune in September. “The average life here is what, 75, 76, 77? I might end up in the middle of things,” he said, laughing. “That’s life. If someone was to tell you today that you’re going to be going at 77, 78, you’d say, ‘Boy, that’s not bad.’

“I never think of this shortening my life, this shortening anything I’m going to do. I’m still going to travel, I’m still going to watch hockey.”

Earlier this week, the Star-Tribune reported that Parise had stopped chemotherapy treatments. Zach then missed Tuesday’s game against San Jose to be with his father.

Update: A statement from the Parise family, courtesy the Wild…

After a brave battle with lung cancer, J.P. Parise passed away peacefully at home Wednesday night with his family by his side. We appreciate the outpouring of support we have received from family, friends and the entire hockey community during this difficult time. J.P. was a great husband, father and grandpa and will be greatly missed by all of us.

And here’s the statement from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman…

The National Hockey League family mourns the passing and cherishes the memory of J.P. Parise. Especially in his adopted home state of Minnesota, J.P. was a consummate player, teacher and administrator in the game. The Parise name has been prominent in Minnesota hockey since the 1960s, and J.P.’s commitment and passion for the NHL lives on through his son, Zach. The NHL sends heartfelt condolences to J.P.’s family, to his friends, to the Minnesota Wild organization and to all the organizations J.P. represented with such passion.

Video: Penguins goal waved off due to contact with the goalie


The Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to have the go-ahead goal against the Boston Bruins in the second period, but it was waved off due to what officials declared as incidental contact with the goalie.

Penguins’ center Zach Sill was going to the net, when he bumped into Boston’s goalie Tuukka Rask by Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. Craig Adams’ shot went back a fallen Rask but the goal was immediately waved off, keeping the score 1-1. The Bruins, however, took the lead into the third period.

Video: Crosby, Giroux give sledge hockey players surprise of a lifetime


Check out a pretty cool clip that’s making the rounds — a bevy of NHL stars (including Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux) dropping in to play sledge hockey with a few unsuspecting players:

Cool moment, and was pretty clear the sledge guys taught the NHLers a thing or two about the finer points of their game:

For more on the Cruisers sledge hockey program, click here.