Sunday, April 3, 2016
Video: Simmonds Elbows Falling Letang
Things got seriously chippy during Sunday's Penguins-Flyers tilt at the Consol Energy Center. (Flyers got the 6-2 win, and luckily, didn't lose anybody to injury). Here's one major contributing factor: This hit by Wayne Simmonds on a falling Kris Letang in the second period. It appears that Simmonds is trying to get through Letang to pick up a loose puck in the corner. He's pretty rough with the elbow, especially when one considers that Letang was falling and in a vulnerable position. Will he hear from the NHL's Department of Player Safety about the hit? Tough to say, but our guess is no. Note: Letang returned in the third period and finished out the game. The hitting picked up considerably in Pittsburgh after that. There was a missed attempt by Radko Gudas on Carl Hagelin that left the Swede checking his neck for cuts and saw Gudas nearly hurt himself as he went head-first into the boards. There was also this hit on a falling Andrew MacDonald, which left the Flyers unhappy, and the Pens with a 5-2 lead: And to top it all off, Simmonds took this swipe at the neck of Penguins goalie Matthew Murray, which was not called: The Penguins, who clinched a playoff berth on Saturday with a 5-0 win over the Isles, hit the 100-point mark with the win, which was their sixth straight. The Flyers, remain a point ahead of the Bruins for the final wild card slot in the Eastern Conference. Philly has four games remaining (Detroit, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Islanders) while Boston has three left (Carolina, Detroit, Ottawa). Mark your calendars for next Saturday as the Pens and Flyers collide in a game that could be huge for the Flyers, who are fighting for their playoff lives.