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Dan’s Daily: Reaves Goons it Up, Pressure on Leafs, Penguins Analysis

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We’re beginning this column somewhere close to 4 a.m. back on the East Coast, it’s been a long 24 hours with flight delays, turbulence, an Indy 500 dandy, another ridiculous and needless hockey melee in Colorado, a pressure cooker warming in Toronto, and Pittsburgh Penguins analysis.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone celebrating the somber day. Thank you, and God Bless to every single person who has worn the uniforms. PHN proudly honors your service.

I’m currently in Denver covering the Avalance – Golden Knights series. I’ll get to the game, but it was another ridiculous, senseless, utterly needless, stupid, moronic display of hockey code on Sunday night. Vegas Golden Knights tough guy Ryan Reaves had a bone to pick with Ryan Graves for a borderline hit on Mattias Janmark earlier. Vegas was out of the game by the third period, so Reaves took out Graves. Reaves dropped a knee on his head while Graves was down in the crease.

“He’s on a mission to hurt someone,” Gabriel Landeskog said.

Colorado Hockey Now: Vegas had to send a message, don’t ya know. Colorado looked brilliant in Game 1. But can they survive if Vegas uses the goon-type tactics? 

Reaves received a Match penalty for an attempt to injure. The league will review it, and punishment could (should) be handed down.

Now to the Penguins before we get back to the NHL playoffs.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Before we get to the Pittsburgh Penguins hot-button issue of the Big 3, if the Penguins want to reverse their failure, they can look in two spots for next season. 

Via a long social media post, minor league prospect goalie Emil Larmi appears to have said goodbye to North America and the Penguins organization. 

Larmi is a hell of a kid. It sounds like he’s just not feeling confident in North American path. The Penguins goalie problems and lack of development are mounting.

NHL & National Hockey Now

Boston: Enthusiasm is growing in Boston. It’s starting to feel like a moment the city needs. 

NYI: After Ilya Sorokin played Super Man vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins, he was beatable in Game 1 vs. Boston. Is it time to go back to Varlamov? 

Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights looked slow and lumbering in Game 1. They also started Robin Lehner instead of Marc-Andre Fleury. What the?! Colorado skated circles around them in a 7-1 Avs win, Lehner stumbled and Ryan Reaves will get a call from the league. 

Sportsnet: The pressure is mounting for Game 7 in Toronto tonight. Bump-bump. Bump-bump. Collective hearts are beating loudly as the Toronto Maple Leafs will battle the Montreal Canadiens AND the ghosts of failures past. 

Ontario’s EXTREMELY rigid COVID regulations are still in place. There will not be any fans in the barn for Game 7, despite more than 65% of Toronto residents receiving at least the first dose of the vaccine.

And you thought Gov. Wolf was overly strict? In Ontario, people aren’t even allowed to play tennis.

San  Jose: Do you like hockey cards? Do you want FREE hockey cards from Upper Deck? Upper Deck and our Sheng Peng are giving them away! 

RMNB: Nick Backstrom assures us that Alex Ovechkin will stay in D.C. 

Now, I’m going to bed. Good morning.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Michael Hanczar
Michael Hanczar
12 days ago

Reeves and Tom Wilson are a disgrace to the game. Putting a knee to the head of a player while he is laying on the ice deserves a long suspension.

Frank
Frank
12 days ago

With guys like Reeves and Wilson and others cut from the same bolt of material . .. it is only a matter of time until they reveal themselves punks that squander the opportunity to be a serious hockey player. I have no doubt there is a long line of those who will disagree but in what other occupation would a valued employee given to the “occasional” physical assault . . . with unquestioned malice and intent to injure . .. on others be tolerated. Given the track record of the NHL the “penalty” to Reeves will be something like .… Read more »

William Maloni
William Maloni
12 days ago
Reply to  Frank

So, I guess I won’t get any “thumbs up” for my “Guentzel and ______ for Tom Wilson” trade suggestion?

Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
12 days ago
Reply to  William Maloni

Frank good insight it is just a game played by multi millionaires your right they will have to get lucky on the trades

PensFan62
PensFan62
12 days ago

For all the Colorado fans screaming about Ryan Reeves; the Avalanche hold no moral high ground – Nazeem Kadri.

Graves targeted Janmark – late hit & it looked like head contact. Janmark was unconscious.

Everything afterwards came from this exceedingly poor call. Even the announcers felt it should have been a 5 minute major. The refs are to blame for this whole mess.

Katz
Katz
12 days ago

Who needs Reaves . Trade for Dom Simon.

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