The Pittsburgh Penguins were none too happy with the overtime non-call that essentially decided the game against the Nashville Predators Tuesday night. Ryan O’Reilly bulldozed a pair of Penguins at the blue line, opening space for Filip Forsberg’s game-winning breakaway. We’ve got the locker room reaction. Also in the Daily, Patrick Kane finally signed, the Blackhawks are terminating Corey Perry’s contract after a bit of an episode, and the Maple Leafs and Devils are sniffing around Nikita Zadorov on the NHL trade block.
I had breakfast at a Northside diner Tuesday morning. The breakfast special was a couple of eggs, sausage, and toast for $6.95. a side of bacon was $3. That’s the kind of place I love.
The waitress also asked twice before she cleared my plate, “Because one time, a guy stabbed me with his fork!”
…the crazy little places I find. I am DEFINITELY going back. A lot.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: A 3-2 OT loss that ended in controversy. If refs call it, the Penguins get a power play. If refs don’t call it, Nashville gets a 150-foot full-speed breakaway. All the details are in Dave Molinari’s Penguins postgame recap.
There was plenty of outrage over the non-call in OT. The players wanted to say a lot more. Also, John Ludvig had a chance to talk about his big game in the Penguins locker room.
PHN+: The report card and tactical analysis. The Penguins did well but could have done at least one thing better, and we dished the player grades, too. If you aren’t part of this band of sports media rebels, use code Dan10 to get $10 off PHN+. There are reasons for optimism after the OT loss. Here is the full-plate Penguins analysis.
Fight! And for you pugilist fans, here’s John Ludvig’s fight with Michael McCarron.
He couldn’t find a bigger guy?
As a matter of housekeeping, the Penguins waived Will Butcher to send him to the WBS Penguins (you forgot they signed him, didn’t you?), but to make room, Mark Pysyk was released from his WBS PTO. Here’s the Penguins news.
We’re going to redo the PHN homepage a little bit. It won’t be anything too noticeable, but we’re getting rid of the Penguins trivia that no one played and replacing it with a salary cap page and updated power rankings. So, here’s a start. The Metro Division power rankings and the Penguins position.
NHL Trade Rumors, News & National Hockey Now
Chicago Hockey Now: Whew, boy. The saga has come to a close, though we don’t really know what happened. GM Kyle Davidson’s press conference was interesting. The Chicago Blackhawks waived Corey Perry.
Then, a Blackhawks trade for Anthony Beauvillier.
New Jersey Hockey Now: At 10-9-1, the New Jersey Devils are struggling a bit. In addition to some blue-line help, GM Tom Fitzgerald is also out there scouring the NHL trade market for some help in the net. Here’s the latest on the Devils trade talk.
NYI Hockey Now: Oh, those forlorn Fish Sticks. They’ve lost six overtime games this season. Tuesday, they didn’t bother with overtime with the Devils and instead lost in the final seconds. Another dramatic New York Islanders loss.
Toronto Star: Hat tip to our buddy Spector’s Hockey for finding this. Kevin McGran has the scoop on the Toronto Maple Leafs looking for a right-side defenseman. The Maple Leafs may have some competition from the Devils, too.
Detroit Hockey Now: The news broke earlier Tuesday morning. GM Steve Yzerman snagged Patrick Kane. It was a show of confidence by management. Here’s the very happy Red Wings news.
In case you’re wondering, Daniel Sprong already ceded No. 88 to Patrick Kane.