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Video: Sidney Crosby says he needs to get hit

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It’s awkward enough being an opponent who hurt Sidney Crosby like David Steckel, but imagine the fear of being “that guy” that hurts him during practice for the Pittsburgh Penguins. No one wants to walk around wearing that label in Pittsburgh.

Like Crosby says in the video above: someone needs to break the ice, though. The Penguins superstar hopes to come back from post-concussion syndrome as soon as possible, but that’s all about making sure he’s tested well enough first. Shaking off that big first hit is a big part of that process, so we’ll see how he progresses now that he can practice full-speed.

Fight night: Arron Asham drops Jay Beagle, taunts afterwards

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Fighting is a tough way to make a living in the NHL. As if there were ever any doubt that hockey players willing to stick up for their teammates are manly men, Arron Asham gave us a clear reminder. Actually, its Washington’s Jay Beagle that reminded us that sticking up for teammates is a commendable way to make a living. Asham was the reminder why it’s such a tough way to collect a paycheck in the 3rd period of the Capitals’ OT victory over the Penguins.

Here’s the scene: Caps forward Jay Beagle hits Kris Letang and knocks off his lid. Penguins’ tough guy Arron Asham confronts Beagle for laying a big hit on one of his skilled teammates, and Beagle unfortunately obliges the request to drop the gloves. As most people will tell you—this is part of hockey. Asham confronted Beagle because that’s his job in the NHL. Beagle accepted the Asham’s request because, well, that’s what hockey players do. He’s a veteran of only 42 career games and he’s desperately trying to make solidify his spot on the Capitals roster.

Two punches to the face, a lost tooth, and a bloody face later and Beagle may have wanted to rethink his decision. Here’s the video, but beware: there’s about a quart of Beagle’s blood on the ice after the fight.

Aside from the clear knockout, the fight made waves around the internet because of Asham’s perceived actions after the fight.  As if the Pens/Caps rivalry needed any more fuel.

“Asham appeared to taunt Beagle on the way to the penalty box, gesturing that he was ‘asleep,’ but tapped his stick in the penalty box when Beagle, a significantly less experienced fighter, left the ice.”

There was some argument whether Asham had done anything wrong—but afterwards the Pens’ forward confirmed that he did, in fact, taunt after the fight. He took the post-game questions and explained that his own actions after the fight were “classless,” “uncalled for,” and that he was “caught up in the moment.” The actions were classless and uncalled for, but owning the mistake after the game was a stand-up move.

What do you think? Do you think Arron Asham’s post-fight gesture was uncalled for or do you give him the benefit of the doubt because he was caught up in the moment? Do his postgame comments influence your thoughts at all? Let us know what you have in the comments.

Update (1:05am EST): Alexander Ovechkin offered his thoughts after the game: “It’s a hockey game, but that was pretty tough. Beagle … he’s not a fighter, he’s just, it’s not his job to fight. I don’t know, it’s kind of unrespectful for players on a different team.” (Video link)

Blue Jackets experienced NHL’s worst first week

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Give Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson credit: he didn’t go into wallflower mode during this off-season. Howson pulled out some flashy moves, but the smart money is on the Blue Jackets remaining right where they’ve been for years: out of the playoffs.

Sure, they don’t have to worry about being the last NHL team with zero standings points, but the Blue Jackets have had the worst first week of any team in the league.

Ugly early numbers

They’re tied for the league lead in games played with four, yet they’ve managed one measly point. That puts them ahead of the Calgary Flames (two games played) and Winnipeg Jets (one GP) and ties them with the Phoenix Coyotes (two GP).

Yet when you look at squandered opportunities, it’s that much clearer that Columbus is the slowest starting team in the NHL. While the Coyotes lost both of their games on the road, three of the Blue Jackets’ four games were at home. Those weren’t exactly automatic losses, either; they played two teams that missed the playoffs last season and a groggy Canucks club. (Nashville, on the other hand, is not to be trifled with.)

If you ignore his huge paychecks, it’s easy to feel bad for Rick Nash, whose five points have been squandered.

Maybe James Wisniewski will heal some of their wounds when he comes back from a suspension, but it’s still disturbing that the Blue Jackets’ power play has been such a dud. They’ve gone 0-for-20 so far this season while their penalty kill allowed four goals on 15 chances.

The bright side

Their only solace is that they’re not getting blown out; three of their four losses came by one goal and there was a shootout loss in the mix. If Columbus can get their special teams’ act together, they might actually get somewhere.

Columbus has 78 games left – and potentially 74 with Wisniewski – so there’s obviously no reason to panic. Don’t be surprised if Howson and coach Scott Arniel start to feel a little nervous if this bad first week turns into a lousy first month, though.


Their shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche is a solid example of their good news/bad news scenario. (It’s also a stern reminder that no defense should give Matt Duchene a breakaway.)

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Video: Stanley Cup ring brings back Tim Thomas’ humbling past

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PHT gave hockey fans a heads up to watch Versus’ special feature on the Boston Bruins’ banner-raising ceremony, but it should have read like an order instead. It was reasonable to expect the feature to be a high-quality production, but it blew away those expectations.

It also ended up being about a lot more than just raising that 2011 Stanley Cup banner. All kinds of great tidbits were jammed into that half hour mini-documentary.

There were flashbacks to the days of Bobby Orr, with an interesting bit about a fan who waited 39 years to see his team win the Cup once again. Hockey fans were treated to a deeper look at Shawn Thornton as well as some of the trash-talking that goes on during games. (Brad Marchand provided quite the zinger toward Zac Rinaldo.)

Yet it only seems fitting that Tim Thomas stole the show. It’s easy to get distracted by the team’s Stanley Cup rings for all the bodacious bling, but that wasn’t what drove Thomas to put together one of the greatest years an NHL goalie ever produced.

Besides, after watching this clip, you’ll know that there are other, humbler rings that mean a lot more to Thomas.

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Video: Tyler Seguin’s fearsome wrist shot

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The Boston Bruins couldn’t squeeze out a win in Tyler Seguin’s audition as a first line center, but don’t blame the second pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The budding star continues to dazzle with his offensive instincts and undeniable high-end skills.

He made an impact on many occasions against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night, as he fired four shots on goal and played a little more than 20 minutes. Many people prefer to live their sporting lives through video clips, though, so this footage of his astounding wrist shot goal should do the trick. (It’s also a moment that will make it that much tougher for Claude Julien to limit Seguin’s time on ice, although it’s likely that Julien will do what he wants with the developing star.)

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