Oshie Fined; Respectful Sour Grapes

T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals has been fined $5,000.00, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for cross checking Kris Letang in the neck. He had a lot to say about it: https://twitter.com/tariknbcs/status/959844728614342656 I think for saying the negative things he said regarding the Department of Player Safety and the decisions they’ve made, he couldn’t … Continue reading Oshie Fined; Respectful Sour Grapes

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1,000 Words on Why Kris Letang Is Not To Blame

Kris Letang was hit from behind by Ryan Callahan in game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Yet there is a large and growing number of people who think the headline should read "Letang turns his back and forces Callahan into impossible situation." Callahan himself has defended the hit in part because Letang "turned his … Continue reading 1,000 Words on Why Kris Letang Is Not To Blame

Callahan Hit Deserves Suspension

Ryan Callahan wasted no time stirring the pot in Tampa Bay's second round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Early in game 1, the Lightning forward tagged Penguin Kris Letang into the boards head first from behind. Letang has made repeat appearances on both ends of the discipline spectrum in these playoffs so far, and surely this … Continue reading Callahan Hit Deserves Suspension

Don’t Jump To Conclusions: Why Clean Hits Look Dirty

There were at least two discussion worthy hits from last night's Stanley Cup Playoff overtime game between Tampa Bay and New York. This article addresses the first, a major open ice hit delivered by Islander Thomas Hickey against Lightning dangler Jonathan Drouin. To be clear, I think this hit was fantastically clean. Drouin had the … Continue reading Don’t Jump To Conclusions: Why Clean Hits Look Dirty

Letang Doesn’t Deserve Suspension

In a series where emotions (and sticks and fists) are running high, the term "playoff hockey" couldn't apply more. But there's a line that's been crossed repeatedly without penalty and it came to a head with the Brooks Orpik suspension for his hit on Oli Maatta in game two. Regardless of how you feel about … Continue reading Letang Doesn’t Deserve Suspension

Johnston Out, Stars Slowly Brightening In Pittsburgh

  The Pittsburgh Penguins took giant leaps this weekend in their effort to "turn their year around". Friday night the Penguins gave the red hot Los Angeles Kings all they could handle, finally succumbing in a shootout to the Pacific Division leaders. In a fast paced, open game with lots of scoring chances, the only … Continue reading Johnston Out, Stars Slowly Brightening In Pittsburgh

This Could Be The Night We Remember The Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a five game win streak earlier this season. They've managed to play .500 hockey before and since that streak to sit 15-10-2. This is despite a noticeable decline in goals per game, power play percentage, and point production from stars such as Crosby, Kessel, and Letang. Many have seen the record … Continue reading This Could Be The Night We Remember The Penguins