You can almost hear Marc-Andre Fleury chirping Phil Kessel after Fleury stoned him on a third-period breakaway in a 1-0 game. A Kessel goal would have changed the game, and Fleury smiled big in the postgame when asked about staring down his former Stanley Cup teammate. Also in the Daily, Bobby Ryan is succeeding, Montreal is trying to hide an extra defenseman from the NHL trade market, and the Pittsburgh Penguins are among the East Division teams looking for defensemen on that NHL trade block.
Here’s the new Turning Point feature — when did the game turn for the Penguins? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Here’s a feature story I want you to read, and not nearly enough people did. Mario Lemieux retired 15 years ago Sunday. Shelly Anderson talked with teammates and recounted the end of Super Mario (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Brooks Orpik was a GREAT addition to the piece. As always, he was blunt and honest. Seriously, read it!
Also, here’s the New & Improved Report Card from the Penguins regulation WIN over the New York Rangers (PHN+)
If you’d like to join PHN+, but you’re on the fence about this brand new outlet that’s been making waves for a couple of years, hop on board with a $19.99 introductory offer (Subscribe to PHN)
You could hear Marc-Andre Fleury’s smile when he was asked about stopping Phil Kessel. A pair of Penguins Stanley Cup winners had the game on their stick in Vegas. Fleury prevailed and laughed about it (Vegas Hockey Now)
One more national story–Bobby Ryan is tearing up the score sheet in Detroit. After overcoming his personal demons and getting back to it…Go Bobby (NBCsn)
Ryan will eventually be on the NHL trade block, but that’s a good thing for him and Detroit. There’s a lot of teams who could have snagged him.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets went all-in on Saturday as they swapped their unhappy stars. They’re both crossing their fingers it works out (TSN)
The Toronto Maple Leafs are hunting for forward help, and the Montreal Canadiens are trying to keep 22-year-old defenseman Victor Mete off the NHL trade block. It may not work. They like him too much to trade him, but not enough to play him, yet (Sportsnet)
National Hockey Now
With all of the “Erik Karlsson is back” stories, you forgot about Brent Burns? He showed up in a big way this weekend (San Jose Hockey Now)
I know a lot of you still follow Vegas. Here’s the report card, including Marc-Andre Fleury’s A (Vegas Hockey Now)