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Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Trade, Jim Rutherford

EDMONTON — The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t need no stinking first periods. Teams have jumped on them early, only to watch the Penguins explode for six goals. That’s happened four times. The Arizona Coyotes continue to fill the NHL trade rumors with Jakob Chychrun talk, but they’re sticking to their hefty price tag. The boos began in Vancouver, where the Buffalo Sabres ruined the Canucks’ home opener. Nashville defenseman Mark Boroweicki was taken off the ice on a stretcher, and Carter Hart equaled a Ron Hextall goalie recor

Greetings from Edmonton! It’s a nice city. I can’t believe anyone couldn’t find good Sushi here. I ate at a little place that specializes in Shanghai street food. I can’t tell you what I had because I really don’t know–something called Pao. The young waitress was heartily laughing at me. Her eyes peaking over the large COVID mask couldn’t hide her amusement as I tried to eat the muffin-sized fried pastry with a pork ball and pork broth inside. When I bit into it, the broth squirted all over the table. So, she handed me chopsticks. Uh, sure, that helped, which only seemed to enhance her amusement and it quickly became a Mr. Bean episode.

Fortunately, dinner with tip was a whopping $12.

Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Dave Molinari postgame recap. The Penguins rallied from a terrible first period (again) and ran Columbus out of their own building 6-3. Pittsburgh Penguins postgame.

Dave’s takeaways from Columbus — Josh Archibald had a game, and Tristan Jarry is the line between getting blown out and winning. Penguins takeaways.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: You’re going to wear THAT?! Some of the new retros are just UGLY. We rank the best and WORST NHL reverse retro jerseys.

Steelers Now: It’s a Sunday night game in front of the nation. Get all of the Steelers pregame coverage here.

Here is the Steelers depth chart as they face the Dolphins.

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NHL Trade Talk, News & Natiojal Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: I don’t think I’ve ever tired of an NHL trade rumor quite like the Jakob Chychrun stuff. Lets get on with it! Jeff Marek reports Arizona wants to trade him, but they’re STILL holding to their requirement of two first-rounders and more.

There’s been more advance publicity for this trade than a Chris Pratt movie.

Nashville defenseman Mark Borowiecki was taken to the hospital, but he has feeling in all of his extremities. Here’s the scary video — The Flyers’ Morgan Frost caught Nashville defenseman Mark Boroweicki from behind. Borowiecki’s head hit the boards. He had to be taken off on a stretcher.

HNIC: The Vancouver Canucks squandered several multi-goal leads on their season opening road trip. They returned home only to get smoked by the Buffalo Sabres. There’s panic at the disco for the winless Canucks. Jim Rutherford appeared on the Hockey Night in Canada postgame show and laid the smack down. He called his team “Hard to watch.”

When Jim is unhappy, changes usually follow. Quickly. The NHL trade chatter should pick up this week.

Washington: Keeping eyes on the Pittsburgh Penguins rival, the Capitals rallied for a win over the LA Kings. Things haven’t been going well at the Capital One Center and this was a big win for the Washington Capitals.

Sonny Milano is off to a hot start for the Capitals’ AHL team, the Hershey Bears.

Philly: Carter Hart has won his first four appearances, as he and the Flyers beat Nashville 3-1 on Saturday. The only other Flyers goalie ever to win his first four appearances was…drum roll…Ron Hextall. Things are looking much better than expected for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Dallas Hockey Now: A Joe Pavelski hat trick beat the Montreal Canadiens. Things are looking pretty good for the Dallas Stars.

Calgary: The Flames did the Penguins a solid and beat the Carolina Hurricanes in OT. The postgame breakdown — A win for the Calgary Flames.

The Penguins visit Calgary on Tuesday. And — there is SNOW on the ground in Calgary. SNOW?!

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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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Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Laughing away the sloppy first periods is fine . . . as long as your goaltender plays a spectacular 20 minutes . .. or the competition is poor enough that trailing by a couple of goals is not a problem . .. or your scoring forwards keep scoring. That is not a plan or strategy. That is more like a “crossing your fingers” that it works out. If they deliver similar performances in the next two games the first period sleep walk will be considerably less humorous. Edmonton and Calgary are very good teams. The talent gap between both and… Read more »

Phil
Phil
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

Really? some in this fan base will find anything to whine about. The team is playing great. And it’s not how you start that’s important. It’s how you finish! So bad first period aside they keep finding a way to recover and win. That’s all that matters.

joe Cursi
joe Cursi
1 month ago

He is the biggest baby in Sports Management!!! Retire already! He should have rode of into the sunset after beating Nashville!!!

Aaron
Aaron
1 month ago

The pens new pickups are helping the grit of the team, helping clear the middle on defense is refreshing. Our seniors citizens are playing with a chip on their shoulders, the crashing the rebounds playing in position everything is clicking nice great team effort