The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t just beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Penguins embarrassed them. You may imagine the fallout in a hockey-mad city like Toronto, in which playoff anxiety was already high. The Washington Capitals got a lot better on the blue line on Tuesday night, the Colorado Avalanche are chasing the biggest fish, and the TSN Insiders dispended the NHL trade rumors because it is time to make a deal.
First, the full report card and analysis. The Penguins spanked Toronto 5-2. The who, how and why in a FREE PHN+ report card (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
And, you can enjoy Anthony Angello’s first NHL goal (PHN)
The Penguins win vaulted them into first place in the Metro Division. Just how good have the Penguins been? The Penguins trailed the Washington Capitals by 13 points in early December. So…Washington acquired for one of the most sought after D-men on the market.
NHL trade: The Capitals traded for San Jose defensemen Brenden Dillon, and it wasn’t a bad price (NBC Sports Washington)
Things are getting tense in Washington, where they have lost four of five and six of nine. (RMNB)
Alex Ovechkin’s 700th goal chase is killing the Capitals. He’s shooting every puck; 13 shot attempts in his last game. Double-digit shots on goal in the game before that. He’s not hitting the open man, not moving the puck to better areas, and not beating the goalie.
More NHL trade talk: The Colorado Avalanche are back in on NYR forward Chris Kreider (Colorado Hockey Now)
Boston is still chasing Ilya Kovalchuk, and maybe Tomas Tatar (Boston Hockey Now)
The TSN Insiders say let the wheeling and dealing of the NHL trade market begin (TSN, video)
Craig Button on TSN said the Toronto Maple Leafs were exposed by the Pittsburgh Penguins (they were). Fan anxiety is boiling. Chris Johnston on Sportsnet called the Penguins win/Toronto loss a defining moment for Toronto (Sportsnet)
The Penguins absolutely exposed Toronto. Head coach Sheldon Keefe had a few sledgehammer comments, too
Sheldon Keefe with some real talk tonight: pic.twitter.com/r9IfyUsLAN
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 19, 2020
Toronto’s defense is soft, their forwards play east-west, and no one has a nose on the puck. But that’s the report card.