Friday, April 06, 2012

Pens Knee Rangers, 5-2

The Penguins beat the Rangers 5-2 in a meaningless game in Pittsburgh.

However, with the Penguins leading the Rangers 4-1 in the 3rd period, the Pens Brooks Orpik decided to add injury to insult. He took a run at Derek Stepan and flagrantly kneed him. Orpik was given a kneeing major and game misconduct. Orpik will certainly face scrutiny from Brendan Shanahan the league's chief player disciplinarian. After the game Rangers coach John Tortorella tore into the Pittsburgh organization.

The Orpik hit job:

Tortorella's post-game comments:
It’s a cheap, dirty hit. I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there. I wonder what would happen. So I’m anxious to see what happens with the league with this. (There’s) just no respect amongst players. None. It’s sickening.

(Sam Rosen question) Why do you think that happens, a play like that?

Ask the guy who did it.

It’s one of the most arrogant organizations in the league. They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens...

It's ridiculus. But they'll whine about something else over there, won't they? Starting with their two f***ing stars.
What I find interesting is the Pittsburgh reaction to the Orpik cheap shot and Tortorella comments:

Pens blog:
RECAP: The battle lines have been drawn. PENS WIN. --
The Pens are getting the reputation of being knee-to-knee'ers. When someone pulls that card on you, there's really nothing you can say...
Pens blog:
Orpik's hit and John Tortorella's irrational postgame comments
Hard to justify the hit. Is it a legal hit? No. Is it dirty? Yea a little...

It isn't April until the Rangers start crying...
Empty Netter:
Rangers at Penguins - 04-05-12 --
That hit looked unintentional as Orpik tried to hit Stepan high. Stepan moved away at the last minute and their knees collided...
Thank you, we will file all this away in the accounts payable drawer.
Other views:

Alan Robinson /
Tortorella rips Pens for Orpik hit on Stepan --
It was the second time in less than a week that an Atlantic Division coach assailed the Penguins for a hard hit. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette became irate when Penguins forward Joe Vitale leveled forward Danny Briere with a clean, but hard hit Sunday...

Jeff Klein / NY Times:
Tortorella Seethes After Penguin’s Hit --
Orpik was not available for comment after the game, nor was Stepan. Orpik has been suspended once in his N.H.L. career, for three games for injuring Carolina’s Erik Cole with a hit from behind in 2006...

Scoring Summary:

G Per Time Str Team Goal Scorer Assist Assist
1 1 01:11 EV PIT Kunitz(25) Letang(31) Malkin(58)
2 1 04:23 EV NYR Dubinsky(10) Boyle(14) Fedotenko(11)
3 1 08:27 EV PIT Kennedy(11) Staal(22) Michalek(11)
4 2 05:11 EV PIT Park(7) Dupuis(34) Tangradi(2)
5 3 09:06 EV PIT Maklin(49) Kunikz(34) Crosby(28)
6 3 17:46 PP NYR Anisimov(16) Boyle(15) Girardi(24)
7 3 19:11 SH-EN PIT Letang(10) Staal(23)

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