The Pittsburgh Penguins have won five in a row, and they handled the Buffalo Sabres twice in two nights by beating them on both ends of a back-to-back. The big story was the return of Kris Letang to the Penguins lineup just 12 days after a stroke. On the NHL trade front, the Montreal Canadiens have renewed their interest in Brock Boeser as a past offer was revealed. A pair of three-game suspensions were handed out, there’s a terse spat between the 2011 Bruins and 2011 Canucks over a Stanley Cup Story, and the viral video of the day is Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot nearly knocking out a teammate on the bench.
Last night was a reminder. I hope many of you Penguins fans noticed how incredibly lucky we are. I have to deal with these folks daily, and not hyping them or treating them as anything other than fellow humans is a job requirement (I’m old now, so it’s easier). But there isn’t a doubt they are different humans. Kris Letang returned from a stroke in less than two weeks. Sidney Crosby scored three more points. Not only are they unique to their game, but they also have a flare for the dramatic.
They make this job too easy sometimes. I also think they make being a Pittsburgh Penguins fan too easy sometimes, which leads to apathy. Trust me, Columbus and St. Louis writers were shocked at the number of empty seats. They had questions. I’m telling you now — don’t take this group for granted. You may never see anything like it in your life again.
First, here’s the viral video of the day. Uh, don’t kill your teammate, please?
Chabot accidentally hit Hamonic in the face on the bench 😬 pic.twitter.com/RygvKIu8jH
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) December 10, 2022
Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates:
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Jeff Skinner, have a seat. The Buffalo winger earned a three-game suspension for his attempt at unsupervised dental work via cross-checks on Jake Guentzel on Friday. Penguins news.
The Penguins controlled Buffalo for a 3-1 win. Blare the trumpets — the Dave Molinari Penguins recap.
Go inside the locker room. Kris Letang told us about the medical tests he went through to play. Sidney Crosby expressed admiration. Casey DeSmith just smiled. The Penguins locker room.
Now, here’s what happened in the game and why it was significant. The Pittsburgh Penguins report card.
Or if you’d like to check out my spiffy suit and dork glasses from ice level — here’s the free-form 5-minute Penguins postgame.
I hope you enjoy the volume of analysis and insights PHN is able to provide. From players in the room to my “inexperience” of 20 years and Molinari’s 40 years of doing this, we bust our humps, and I think we both still love it. Dave heads to Florida this week. Click here to join PHN+.
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T.J. Watt and Diontae Johnson WILL play. The Steelers activated Kris Boswell. Najee Harris admitted — yes, they are watching the standings, but the Steelers need to win.
NHL Trade Rumblings, News & National Hockey Now:
Montreal Hockey Now: The Canadiens previously made an offer for Brock Boeser and are presumed to be back in the fight. From Montreal, here’s the NHL trade chatter.
More NHL trade rumors as Josh Anderson is attracting significant interest for the Montreal Canadiens.
Washington Hockey Now: Former Pittsburgh Penguins d-man Jamie Oleksiak was busted for an illegal check to the head of Capitals forward Alex Alexeyev. Oleksiak argued, but the replay left little doubt. He gets a three-game suspension. Washington Capitals news.
Boston Hockey Now: Zdeno Chara recently cited the Vancouver Canucks practicing Stanley Cup handoffs and making parade plans as the Bruins’ fuel to come back from 2-0 in that 2011 Cup Final and win in Game 7. Now, former Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa is blasting Chara for making up the story. Here’s the deal — Zdeno Chara controversy.
NYI Hockey Now: Nooooo! the Fishermen are back — Check it out. The New York Islanders’ reverse retro jerseys debuted.
Philly Hockey Now: The Philly Flyers needed some insurance. On Saturday, they signed Artem Anisimov.