I'm willing to bet that some of you are college students. At least, I hope you are; it'd be weird if my main demographic was oldey tyme folk. Anyway, you know how it goes, you're writing a paper that's just under fifty pages, you're studying for your finals, you're trying to graduate. You get away from what you really love, hockey. Well, not all that way away as that paper was about hockey, but still. Now I'm back to my favorite thing in the world, my goons. Oh, boys, I've missed you so. I missed two games against Philadelphia, it's as depressing as it is infuriating. Really proud of how the boys stepped off and took the Flyer chuckleheads off the ice one after another and let our big time skill boys have free range. Good stuff.
But, tonight we didn't play the Flyers, we played the Sens. Over the past few years, I guess you could say there's a dislike between the Penguins and the Senators, dating back to our playoff two playoff series from a few years ago. It's also certainly no secret that I don't like Chris Neil at all, so it's always nice to see him get what's coming to him...you know, when he doesn't wuss out.
Now, now, I already know what you're gonna say readers: "But, tGB, what about Matt Cooke? Doesn't he do the same thing?" The answer is, obviously, yes. The difference, aside from Cooke have a skating Penguin on his chest, being that Neil acts like a goon and then runs away when it's time to answer for those actions; Cooke is a pest, plain and simple. Cooke, however, should still answer the call sometimes.
But, you don't really care about me pretending to explain away double standards, do you? You care about the sweet fights and shenanigans that happened during the game. Gotta say, it all started with "Fuck, Yeah!" Craig Adams crushing Daniel Alfredsson with, APPARENTLY, a dirty hit? I'm going to show you a feed that wasn't from Pittsburgh first, mostly because it fills me with mirth. Really, isn't that what the Holidays are all about? Mirth?
Major for elbowing? Dirty hit? What fucking hit are these guys watching? Are you serious? Maybe it's because they didn't have a good angle like FSNP had:
Just watch from the thirty-six second mark and you can tell Adams CLEARLY connects with Alfredsson's shoulder and takes him down. It sucks that your Captain got hurt Ottawa, but that doesn't mean it was a dirty hit. Why don't you cry about it? It's not like Adams purposefully slap shotted the puck at his head at the end of the period...
Can't say I have much pity...
I'm totally OK with the response by Ottawa. It's how things should be done, regardless of if the hit is dirty or not. You hit our star hard, hurt him, dirty or not we're going to come after you: this simply HAS to be the thought in everyone's head when you play hockey. Twice the Senators came after Adams for vengeance, but more on the second one later.
Oh, Chris Neil. It's like every time we play the Senators you give me a new reason to hate you. Neil goes off for Charging, skating in from Wexford to hit Sergei Gonchar and it's all on again. On his way to the box he smacks Malkin's hands with his stick which somehow leads to Mike Rupp getting put in the box too for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Maybe Mike Rupp said Chris Neil's mom wasn't a classy lady or something, who knows. Rupp and Neil go to the box chirping and eventually it boiled over at the start of the third:
It's a draw. Rupp and Neil each get some shots in. Mostly I'm surprised Neil dropped them. I imagine it had to do with the score more than anything else. A close game and Chris Neil will skate away...cause, you know, Chris Neil is a big time part of Ottawa's game and he shouldn't be stewing in the box for five minutes, right? Oh, no wait, it's because he's a joke.
Less than a minute later Matt Carkner was fighting Craig Adams. Adams had to have known this was coming and answered the call as best he could. Unfortunately for Adams, he was fighting a dude much bigger than him and gave up four inches and thirty pounds. Kudos to Adams for not going turtle in this fight and at least attempting to fight back. Carkner essentially jumps him, however, and doesn't give Adams a chance in the fight, popping him a few times before Adams can even get his gloves all the way off.
Adams doesn't seem too worse for the wear though, does he? Still chirping as he's lead away from Carkner with balled fists and blood running does his nose. I love me some Craig Adams. Every game the dude is playing like this and killing it on the penalty kill. Ray Shero doesn't get enough credit for this waiver wire snag.
Finally, we come to our favorite pest wearing #24. Matt Cooke should have dropped them with Shean Donovan. Really, simply, it's part of The Code. When considering the Steve Moore incident with Todd Bertuzzi, many forget what happened first. When Steve Moore injured Markus Naslund, Cooke fought him in the next game, that's how it goes. You injure someone, you pay the price. Cooke even did this earlier in the season when he answered the bell in the Rangers game against Ryan Callahan after his hit on Artem Anisimov. Donovan wanted answers for Cooke's hit on him that took him out of the lineup, and he should've gotten as much. Skating away and drawing penalties when you do other things is one thing, but here, with a guy looking to put his injury behind him, it's not something you do. Not too happy with Cooke.
It was a great last game for the Penguins before their Holiday Break. Got in some fights and tough play against a faux rival. I'll take that any day.