Last week I touched based on Patrick Kaleta and how he is all class minus the CL but this week I touch base on one of the dirtiest forwards that goes unnoticed. Well, unnoticed to most Pittsburgh Penguin fans.
What The Puck: James Neal Is A Dirty Mother Pucker
It’s not often I like to attack a Pittsburgh Penguin player being I am a Philadelphia Flyers fan, but this clown has to be stopped before someone gets seriously hurt. Don’t get me wrong, he’s loaded with a lot of talent and has a lethal wrist shot off the face-off but his dirty style of hockey is disgusting.
Over the weekend Pittsburgh was playing Boston in a very hard-hitting style game and once again James Neal finds himself doing another pucking stupid act. While Brad Marchand was down on the ice James Neal skated by him and kneed him right in the head.
Maybe Marchand’s nose got in Neals way ?
ATTENTION PENGUIN FANS! This is NOT the first time James Neal has been this pucking dirty. I don’t expect you post 2009 fans to realize this but he was dirty while playing in Dallas too. You guys/girls do know he used to play in Dallas, right?!
The videos could go on and on but let’s take one last look at another incident where James Neal couldn’t handle Sean Couturier shutting him down each shift so instead of using his skill, Neal delivers a hit to Couturier’s head. And moments after that hit, Neal then tries to deliver a high hit to Claude Giroux.
For years James Neal has been getting away with these kind of hits but I can guarantee you he no longer will. Not only will he have a target on his back by the referees he will also be a target for each teams tough guy.
The Penguins are loaded with talent and have one of the best coaches in the league but there’s a reason why the Penguins have not seen the Stanley Cup Finals since 2009. They keep building rivalries with good teams they will continue to find themselves on the losing end of things come playoff time. They simply don’t have the toughness to compete against other teams toughness, I mean, this past game against the Bruins proves my point.
Now, now, don’t worry Penguin fans I’ll attack Shawn Thornton. Calm yourselves.
As for Shawn Thornton, what he did was uncalled for. Whether is was eye for an eye or whether he was pissed off about the hit on Eriksson, he should have never went after Brooks Orpik like that. If Thornton had any brains, he would have waited to catch James Neal on the ice with a hard clean hit.
Thornton’s act of stupidity is why the NHL has discussions about removing fighting from the game. With the current concussion law suit on the NHL this current situation doesn’t help their cause in the court room. Not at all.
Montreal Beats Boston To Take Over The Atlantic, Briefly
The game of the week came from Montreal on Thursday night as the red-hot Canadiens withstood a third-period barrage by Boston to beat the Bruins 2-1. The Bruins held a 16-6 shot advantage over the last 20 minutes but Montreal stood tall and held on for the victory backed by 32 saves from Carey Price. Gregory Campbell opened the scoring for Boston in the first while Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty replied in the second period for the Canadiens, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
They’re now riding a five-game winning streak heading into the new week. Montreal was first in the Atlantic, one point ahead of the Bruins and just two points behind Pittsburgh for first in the Eastern Conference. But to start the new week Montreal now sits 2nd in the Atlantic (one point behind Boston) and tied with Pittsburgh for 2nd in the East.
It’s interesting that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur suggested that Roberto Luongo should be Team Canada’s starting goaltender at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. As of right now, it’s pretty hard to argue with Price’s 1.95 GAA and .938 save percentage.
“King Henrik” Is Set For Life
There was “news” coming out of the media of a goaltending controversy in the Rangers’ camp between Henrik Lundqvist and…Cam Talbot? Yes, we know it sounds ridiculous and that got thrown out as soon as word trickled down that Lundqvist, the 2012 Vezina winner, was given a contract extension worth $59.5 million over seven years.
Sure, Lundqvist hasn’t set the hockey world on fire this season as he has in years past, posting a record of 9-11-0 in his first 21 games (20 starts) with a save percentage of .919 and a goals against average of 2.43. Meanwhile Talbot has played very well in his time between the pipes (6-2-0, 1.79 GAA and a .934 save percentage).
But Lundqvist’s track record is proven and if they’re going to do anything in the postseason, it is going to be riding the play of “King Henrik” – that is, if they even make it there.
Lundqvist is the foundation of the Rangers and a fan-favorite. Keeping him on Broadway was crucial. Having Talbot should allow the Rangers spell King Henrik more often and keep him fresh not only through this season but the life of the contract. Even though he has yet to win a Stanley Cup, Lundqvist is still a top-three goalie in the NHL.
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