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In the final installment of the latest Washington Capitals Tom Wilson saga, we have the exciting conclusion to Wilson’s cheap shot on Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo. Alex Ovechkin lambasted the decision to suspend Wilson. The Pittsburgh Penguins kept pace in the East Division playoff race with a structured win. And on the NHL trade market, we have additional teams interested in Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel.

Ovechkin is having a love-hate relationship with the NHL this season. Remember that in the first week of the season, the NHL placed him into the COVID protocol because he and a few teammates gathered in one of their Pittsburgh hotel rooms. His wife subsequently used Instagram to express her dismay.

Sportsnet: Tom Wilson will not appeal his seven-game suspension. Ovechkin torched the decision as a “joke.”

Boston Hockey Now: If you’re wondering, Brandon Carlo is out of the hospital and feeling better.

That should be a headline, right?

PHN+: Our weekly “Off the Record” was all about NHL trade talk. Our investigative work found two more teams interested in Jack Eichel, and the whispers are increasing around Sam Bennett again. Read the “Off the Record” with NHL trade chatter here. 

To the Pittsburgh Penguins…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: 

*The Penguins beat the New York Rangers 5-1. Here’s the full Penguins story. 

*WATCH: The Penguins scored three goals in 61 seconds. Here are the highlights, including Crosby’s head-shaker. 

PHN+: The full Penguins report card with tactical analysis. *

*And, We isolated the potential moment Jared McCann may have been injured in the second period. 

Highlights:

Remember Zac Rinaldo? He’s back in the NHL. He and Austin Watson had a pretty good scrap. 

Pekka Rinne and Jake Oettinger made ridiculous saves in the shootout. 

East Division / Penguins Playoff Watch

The good news: The Boston Bruins lost to New Jersey, and Philadelphia lost to Washington. The bad news: Washington beat Philadelphia, and the New York Islanders won their fifth in a row.

Hopefully, we’ll be adding live standings to the website very soon.

Boston: New Jersey shutout Boston, 1-0?! It was the first game with fans in Boston, too.

Philly: The Flyers lost their first game in front of fans, too. Here’s the game in GIFs. 

Flyers fans also gave Oskar Lindblom a raucous ovation; Since beating cancer during the pandemic, it was Lindblom’s first game in front of fans. 

NYI: Geez, New York, would ya lose? The Islanders continue to feast on the cupcake Buffalo Sabres. 

Monday Morning Standings: 

  1. NYI: 34 Points, 25gp

  2. WSH: 32 points, 24gp

  3. BOS: 29 points, 22gp

  4. PIT: 29 points, 24gp

  5. PHI: 27 points, 22gp

Rest of National Hockey Now:

Vegas: Marc-Andre Fleury won’t forget the San Jose Sharks coming back to win that infamous playoff series two years ago. Vegas beat San Jose again Sunday. 

San Jose: Vegas and the Sharks are a study in contrast. 

Colorado: The Colorado Avalanche have had their confidence shaken. The Avs are starting to rebuild it. 

Florida: Keith Yandle played in game No. 1000, but Carolina grabbed two points. 

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Frank
Frank
7 months ago

Is there ANYONE reading this that could have been suspended from their occupation 5 times in 8 years . . . and still be employed . . . and who will be welcomed back by his co-workers at the conclusion of the latest suspension? Pure and simple . .. the league and the players are OK with this sort of behavior. They could stop it all in a single announcement that would take no more than 15 minutes. No one will ever admit to that unspoken approval, but life has taught me that actions do speak louder than words. One… Read more »

Ether
Ether
7 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Wilson should have been suspended for Janko hit. If he had, then one less player in the hospital with likely brain injury. Wilson should have been forced to change his game to fit the modern game 3 suspensions ago. If he had, then no hit on Janko and once less possible brain injury. I love hockey but every time I see Wilson on the ice I worry about the health and safety of the rest of the players out there. It doesn’t need to be like that. He could be a solid player without being a goon/cheap shot artist. The… Read more »

Chalkdust
Chalkdust
7 months ago

Ovechkin is a joke too. He sneaks up on defenseless players quite often without penalty. Not surprised that he would side with Wilson when they are partially of the same ilk.

Penguinfan
Penguinfan
7 months ago

Ovechkin should have just said no comment and left it there. Especially if he can’t set aside bias.

Ryan Shore
Ryan Shore
7 months ago

Wilson is a cheap shit piece of shit. He is trash and doesn’t respect the game. He should be kicked out of the league. That will teach his braindead ways.

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