Hockey fans nationwide breathed a huge sigh of relief Tuesday as Sidney Crosby and the Penguins were knocked off the pedestal of a 12-game winning streak losing to rival Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins made no excuses for themselves during the post-game media conference, except Sidney Crosby who was quick to point fingers at fellow teammate Evgeni Malkin.
Just minutes after the NHL moved Saturday's Winter Classic back eight hours due to weather issues in Pittsburgh, commissioner Gary Bettman announced a change to the 2012 showdown, whose host city has yet to be announced.
The NHL has struggled for years to become more popular with Americans, and with Monday's announcement they will cross promote stars with cable giant HBO, they may have found their opportunity.
It was supposed to be a joyful celebration of the sport of hockey, but Saturday’s Winter Classic Alumni game was marred by former Flyer and Ranger Eric Lindros’s ninth career concussion.
Rangers coach John Tortorella received news Wednesday that he was fined $30,000 for his negative comments aimed at the officiating crew of Monday’s Winter Classic. In response, he offered a back-handed apology.
An earlier game of the Penguins-Flyers playoff series featured 158 penalty minutes, four ejections, superstars Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux dropping gloves. Facing the possibility of a first round elimination, the Penguins called for reinforcements by adding Steelers Pro Bowl LB James Harrison to their roster.