The Pittsburgh Penguins won their seventh in a row, and Sidney Crosby seemed to chuckle at Evgeni Malkin scoring the game-winning goal by being a backboard for his slap-shot. A couple of teams are shopping the NHL trade market for centers. In a fantastic quirk, the Kessels scored almost simultaneously. It was fight night with the Flyers and Devils. The play-in round seems to have lost steam at the Board of Governors meeting, and the Jim Rutherford trade watch has begun.
You have to love hockey players and guys who are close friends. There is no personal humor off limits to either. You could almost see Sidney Crosby’s mind lining up chirps for Evgeni Malkin on the beach on Friday. The Penguins are off and staying in Florida. I’m sure they’ll find some canasta games to crash.
Also, remember the new platform and app I promised in April? Yeah, 10 months after agreeing to do it because I thought it would take three weeks, half of our sites have been moved over to that platform. And we’re moving two per week for the next few weeks until it’s complete. The app is almost ready (but they’re smart enough not to show it to me yet).
Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Let’s start here. Dave Molinari is in Florida. From Sunrise, here is the Pittsburgh Penguins recap.
Malkin stopped a Sidney Crosby slap shot with his leg and deflected the puck into the net. Malkin left the game in pain, but the prognosis was promising. Evgeni Malkin update.
Go inside the room and see the reactions. Sidney Crosby had a little chuckle over blasting Malkin, and it seems the Penguins had a little humor at Malkin’s expense. The Penguins locker room.
Florida Hockey Now: Yes, the Florida Panthers sure do miss Patric Hornqvist.
- The truth isn’t pretty about the Steelers run defense.
- So, how bad was Mitch Trubisky against Baltimore?
- Diontae Johnson broke the rules. He picked a QB and wants Mason Rudolph.
NHL Trade Talk, Fights & National Hockey Now
SportsNet: 32 Thoughts — Plenty from the BoG meeting, including the salary cap and the possibility of expanding the playoffs. On the NHL trade market, Colorado and Seattle are shopping for centers.
There was also a discussion at the BoG meeting about how to reach cord-cutters. As a business owner, I can answer the question in a straightforward way that sports leagues haven’t been able. You go where the people are and stop trying to reverse that process. You don’t fish in a dry bed, hoping the fish come to you. You go to them, and the money will follow. Tada!
TSN: What the Canadian teams are shopping for, and there is smoke billowing out of Vancouver. The NHL trade rumors are piling up, will there be anyone left?
Philly Hockey Now: The gloves came off in the second period of the Flyers’ upset win over the New Jersey Devils. Nick Deslauriers threw down with Michael McLeod. The battling Philadelphia Flyers.
New Jersey is in a funk. They have lost four in a row, including to the Flyers on Thursday. More from the Flyers’ side, coach John Tortorella wasn’t happy and benched center Kevin Hayes.
Washington: For the sentimental types, the Capitals honored Alex Ovechkin for his 800th goal and included his son Sergei. Alex Ovechkin tribute.
Vegas: Check this out — as Phil Kessel scored for the VGK, Amanda Kessel was also lighting the lamp. And there were only a few whistles in the third period of the Vegas win, which meant no TV timeouts. It was a ho-hum 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks — Some crazy stuff in the Vegas Golden Knights notebook.
San Jose: Is it too late to salvage the season? Starting to play winning hockey, the San Jose Sharks are.