The Penguins went into Boston last night and picked up two much needed points. Matt Cooke answered the bell and seemed to earn some respect from the Bruins…specifically Shawn Thornton. Thornton mentioned in his post game comments that seeing Cooke answering the bell and fighting early threw some water on the situation that had been out of control all week.
Overall, the Penguins played a good road game. Tyler Kennedy scored his first goal in 19 games, Marc Andre Fleury snagged his first shut out of the season and the Penguins jumped one point ahead of the Devils in the Atlantic Division.
I will have some additional thoughts on the game later today in my first “Just Saying…” blog here at From the Point. Until then…here are your morn… make that afternoon links. Sorry for the delay in getting these out today. Definitely been one of those mornings!
One quick note, Evgeni Malkin practiced with his teammates this morning, but his status for tomorrow’s game against Carolina is still up in the air.
As is the norm with the morning links, here is Dave Molinari’s game recap from last night’s game. I have always preferred to read his take on what occurred on the ice and figure that you will as well.
Staying with Dave Molinari…here he takes a look at the career of Mark Recchi…amazing to think that the Recchin’ Ball has been around for 21 years…even more crazy that I have been able to watch all 21 of those seasons. Thanks for making me feel old Dave…unless of course I too, am like the fine wine in Dave’s headline.
Rob Rossi gives us a feel for the scene in Boston, quotes from Matt Cooke and some of the Bruins in his Chipped Ice blog.
Sticking with Rob Rossi here for a nice notes piece on last night’s game. Who says that the folks aren’t interested in the NHL… and that they want less violence! The team received roughly 25% more credential requests for this game than they normally would have during the regular season! Rossi also reports that the Bruins PR folks said that the requests rivaled that of the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
ESPN.com’s Joe McDonald takes a look at last night’s Penguins/Bruins game. The piece is filled with tons of great reaction from the Boston room. Most of the talk centers on the fact that they didn’t bring enough emotion to the ice against the Penguins.
A great piece by Sam Kasan over at the Penguins official site on the Penguins’ ownership group, their goals upon purchasing the team in 1999 and how departing CEO Ken Sawyer helped them all come to pass.
This guy clearly doesn’t like Alex Ovechkin and isn’t ashamed to let the world know. Here he speculates that the league is fast tracking rules to protect the “Russian Rat” so that he doesn’t become the victim of “Frontier Justice.”
Last but not least, Jonathan Bombulie, who covers the Wilkes Barre-Scranton beat is reporting that Eric Tangradi is close to returning from a concussion he recently suffered. Good news for the Organization and especially the Baby Pens.