We all remember the shenanigans that happened between Kris Letang and everyone's favorite asshat Scott Hartnell earlier this season. This rivalry, already amazing from my stand point, has somehow become even more bitter this season because of Hartnell's actions.
Letang got into this game too, and I was absolutely proud of him for it. Alex Goligoski has had a bit of a rough season after a hot start. He hasn't been putting the puck in the net as much as he was at the beginning of the season but he is by no means dogging it. I think that this was totally shown in the Flyers game. Goligoski goes into the corners hard and paid for it big time against Philadelphia with a devastating check on him by Darroll Powe. Kris Letang, however, immediately steps up for his defense partner, gaining a +10 to respect from this humble blogger:
Goligoski was injured on this play and missed the following night's game against New York. Letang stepping up, even in taking the extra two, is all right in my book. Sanderson, do you have a thought on this?
Well worth it.
At some points, you have to let the people know that enough is enough and Letang did a great job fighting Powe there. Obviously, as a Penguin fan, I revel in beating the Flyers, especially in Philadelphia. However, with a crowd that thirsts for blood like the Roman Colosseum, I also take GREAT pleasure in watching a Flyer lose a fight on his home ice. As tPB points out so well, Flyer fans would rather see a fight then a win. In this case, they saw their fight, but it was a loss. Not much was heard from him the rest of the game, save for the usual scrumming which we always see in a Pens/Flyers throw down.
Fuck yeah, Craig Adams! I know this is weird, but this image and what happened after are basically why I love me some Craig Adams. Old Craigley gets flat out walloped by Mike Richards here but he keeps on ticking and gets him back later in the shift. Adams' face is always all sorts of messed up, a perfect fit for the Pens' Shiner Line with Rupp and Godard, but he never backs down from anything or anyone. I've said it many times, but I'll say it again, huge steal on the waiver wire by King Shero.
It was great to see Evgeni Malkin playing like this. Malkin is getting hot and when he's hot he doesn't shy away from the physical activity. It was his action after an offsides call that started the latest big moment in the Penguins/Flyers rivalry:
As the offsides whistle is blown Hartnell sets up to bump Malkin but Malkin knows it is coming. Great to see Malkin deliver the blow rather then just shrug it off or try to get out of the way. Malkin is becoming a very angry man. In this though, we have a wonderful case of pots and kettles. Arron Asham goes off after the game about not respecting Matt Cooke because he allegedly bit him and that he is a dirty player. Now, if all these allegations are equal and true, it certainly makes the Philadelphia locker room an interesting place to be, doesn't it? Must be hard not respecting one of the most widely known players on your team, huh Asham?
Honestly, I don't really care about either of these situations too much. Biting isn't going to be that painful, especially in the case of Asham: A) Does Matt Cooke even have teeth? And B) As you can see from this video, Asham doesn't even seem to lose his gloves to get bitten:
GhostWalker40 is a legend. Seriously though, have you ever worn hockey gloves? They're think. Could you imagine biting a hockey glove? Are you vomiting? I am. So, really, on both ends it's just a fun thing for the fans to fight about, but on the ice? Just please, stop your crying.
Finally, a quick update on Eric Godard. As I'm sure everyone saw, Godard's knee appeared to go funny on him early in the game against the Rangers the day after the Flyers game. I certainly hope it's nothing major, however according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Penguins weren't saying anything about Godard's condition yesterday. Hopefully, Godard doesn't miss too much time and can continue to be available when he needs to be. I don't think we lose too much in having Rupp being our enforcer, but over an 82 game regular season, it's nice to have someone around to make things like this be answered for:
Godard's presence on the ice maybe stops that from happening. Sidney Crosby talked about how big time cheap shots such as Derian Hatcher's high stick and Jason Blake's spear came to an almost complete stop once Georges Laraque was acquired by Shero. Today, Eric Godard fulfills that role. Get well soon, #28, you let Crosby and Malkin to things without fear.