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Pittsburgh Penguins, Jacob Trouba, New York Rangers hit on Seth Jarvis

One day, perhaps the spirit of the NHL rules and the letter of the law will come together and protect players from predators instead of paying homage to an old rock-em-sock-em worldview that doesn’t account for the seriousness of head injuries. New York Rangers d-man Jacob Trouba put another notch on his belt when he knocked Seth Jarvis out of Game 7. Also in the Daily, Russians are starring in the NHL playoffs even as the Ukrainian war rages on the ground and at the U.N., and we projected the coming Pittsburgh Penguins summer.

Greetings from Coudersport, PA. On Monday afternoon when I read about the meteor shower, I tossed some socks and a t-shirt in my briefcase and was out the door. I raced to the premier stargazing spot on the East Coast–Cherry Springs State Park. There wasn’t much of a shower, if at all, but I waited it out until about 1:30 a.m. The view was spectacular. I’ve never before seen the cosmic clouds or been able to find the dippers.

I posted a couple of pictures on Twitter. iPhone pics don’t do it justice. If you need a quick getaway, this is highly recommended. There’s also a cute little ice cream place in downtown Coudersport and the Eliot Ness museum.

Now, let’s get to the hockey…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Projecting the Penguins summer. Who stays. Who goes. And who could arrive? Pittsburgh Penguins predictions.

Later this AM, Dave Molinari will look at the backup goalie position. Cmon back now, ya hear?

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: Rangers Win Game 7, convincingly, 6-2. However, Trouba didn’t waste much time putting another head on his wall when he knocked out Seth Jarvis. Game story and the next hit.

Legal hit by the rulebook. But the rulebook needs to be rewritten. Once again, Trouba managed to make contact with a player’s head…Perhaps the league might want to adjust its rulebook. Then again, most fans are tuning in to see Trouba, right?

Sportsnet: Wimbledon and F1 banned Russian athletes. The NHL will not. Several Russians will start in the Conference Finals, despite not truly being able to speak about the situation.

Colorado: Our colleagues from CHN are in Edmonton for Game 1 of the WCF. And now, Joe Sakic has come full circle for the Colorado Avalanche.

Montreal Hockey Now: Montreal’s house cleaning may include Joel Armia. What will he fetch on the NHL trade market?

Washington: What about RFA goalies Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek? What to do for the Washington Capitals.

TSN: Was Frederick Andersen healthy enough to play in Game 7? This is quite the contrast to Tristan Jarry, who went to the ice with an injured foot. Jeff O’Neill ripped Andersen, and no one defended the goalie, “It’s no secret…It’s bizarre.” TSN video.

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Rhodepop
Rhodepop
2 months ago

I wonder if the NHL can modify a few ideas from other sports regarding hits to the head. The college football targeting rule is a bit flawed but perhaps that becomes a start. A hit to the head is automatically a double-minor or major with a video review. The ref could keep the penalty assessed, wipe it out, or push up from 2x2mis to major and ejection. And a player would automatically be suspended after a 2nd hit to the head in a season (and each subsequent game afterward). No Player Safety review. Automatic. I am sure the union would… Read more »

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
2 months ago
Reply to  Rhodepop

Watch the next series Karma is coming to the Rangers

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Trouba has been this dirty for as long as he’s been in the league. If it was Tom Wilson he would have been suspended 3 times. ESPN/TNT/Bettman want those NY fans watching for the ratings. They lose, NY fans go back to the Yankees.

Diego
Diego
2 months ago

Truba’s hit was clean. Still so much whining from the Penguins fan base. No one seemed to complain when Zulu Samuelson, Kasparaitis and brooks Orpik were doing the same thing.

Ujn Hunter
2 months ago
Reply to  Diego

You’re right… it’s just a coincidence that Trouba has so many clean headshots on the opposing teams star players. Nothing to see here.

Steve Liddy
Steve Liddy
2 months ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

Or, he’s just better at it that most of the other guys in the league.

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
2 months ago
Reply to  Diego

Trolling a Pens site. Go away

Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
2 months ago
Reply to  Diego

What does Diego mean? Head. I don’t recollect any of those players being headhunters, if anybody was, I’d say Matte Cooke and most Pen fans were not impressed with him. Concussions are the worst injuries, it can be career ending and life threatening. Trouba did this in both series, since he can get away with it, I expect it to rear its ugly head in the Tampa series.

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
2 months ago
Reply to  Crazyhorse87

It will but Tampa has a few nasty guys unlike the Pens it will get nasty for sure

Chris Tenny
Chris Tenny
2 months ago
Reply to  Diego

Don’t forget Matt Cooke….Penguin fans have short memories and a long off-season this year!

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
2 months ago
Reply to  Diego

I do miss Bob Boughner from time to time!

Zibby
Zibby
2 months ago

All the hits you described were clean. The Pens and Canes lost because the Rangers outplayed them. Just accept it.

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
2 months ago
Reply to  Zibby

Its actually pretty obvious that if Crosby did not get hit in the head as did Rakell they were up 3 to one the Rangers were better than Hurricanes ok just give the cup to the Rangers lmao

Elliot
Elliot
2 months ago

When will the whining stop??? Please just stop!!!

Elliot
Elliot
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Only ridiculous because you have no legit answers. All hits were reviewed by the league office, all judged clean. The Pens and Canes did not close when they had ample opportunity. Case closed. Rangers vs Tampa Bay, enjoy a great goaltending match up.

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
2 months ago
Reply to  Elliot

If the NYR can win the Cup, for the first time this century, congratulations to them. But I’m not putting money down on it! LOL! And I do enjoy hearing, during each Ranger game, how the Penguins chased Igor twice. Twice! And when was the last time Vaselevskiy was chased? Good luck Rangers… LOL!

Mary L
Mary L
2 months ago

Can a current player, who’s injured from these head shots, sue the NHL or the alleged player for reckless endangerment or contact OSHA for unsafe work conditions?
Lawsuits and money loss generally get peoples attention.
Just curious.

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