Sorry for the delay in getting here today folks. I had a horribly sad morning, but an amazing afternoon.
I had to attend the funeral mass for a friend’s sister that suddenly passed away on Monday morning this morning, but was invited to tour the Consol Energy Center this afternoon.
Let me be the first to tell you that it is amazing! I absolutely can’t wait to watch a hockey game in that building. There is not a bad seat in the house! I will be blogging about that experience shortly…going through pictures etc now… here is one to hold you over…
Unfortunately, before I get to the CEC stuff, I have to talk about the Ponikarovsky two game suspension.
I am not sure that it was warranted. I understand that he caught the guy from behind, but in this era of suspending based on the result of the hit, two games was a bit excessive. Especially when there wasn’t an injury and he got 15:00 minutes in penalties on the play as well as being tossed out of the game.
It is also worth noting that Poni had no priors, which is typically important when determining the severity of the discipline.
It will be interesting to see who gets a shot in the top six now that Poni is out. Maybe Bylsma can catch lightning in a bottle as he did one year ago with Malkin, Talbot and Fedotenko…
More from the CEC shortly!