The Pens Thread
February 10, 2013 4:28 pm
Orpik said today that he got a penalty for saying something to Clarkson, but there is nothing in the box score. I'm wondering if the ref told him to get off the ice or something, and Orpik thought he was giving him a misconduct and left the ice. Given how bad the officials were yesterday, it wouldn't surprise me in the least is there was a mis-communication there. NHL officials aren't exactly that good to begin with, but yesterday's game was as bad as it gets. Either way, Orpik thought he had been given the gate, which is why he left early.
Letang is still listed as "day-to-day". They just put him on IR retroactive to Tuesday, so they could call up Morrow. Letang can play on Wednesday ... not saying he will, but he is eligible.
It sounds like Martin is a game-time decision, which is why Morrow was called up.
The most concerning thing about yesterday's game is Malkin losing his cool and playing terribly in another "playoff-like" game. Yesterday's game reminded me of the Flyers series and the Canadiens series all over again. If there is a positive sign, it is that Sid was able to keep his composure throughout the game and including post-game, so there is hope that he has learned something from the debacle last year.
If you listen to the other team's broadcasts ... as opposed to just Steigy and Errey and co. who think that Crosby and Malkin do no wrong ... all the other teams think that they can beat the Pens simply by getting Crosby and Malkin off their games by getting under their skin. So far, Malkin has yet to prove them wrong.