Well last night wasn't fun. Last-minute loss aside, it was really all about Pascal Dupuis going off on a stretcher and awaiting news - hopefully good ones as far as the severity of any injury he may have suffered.
So we start this morning with reactions to what happened in the second period: first from Alex Goligoski, who said he gave Duper "a little push". Brandon Sutter had some good quotes and said Dupuis was talking to them during the time he was lying on the ice.
Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said that they were as scared as the Penguins about Dupuis, having recently suffered a similar scare when Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench and they had to stop the game. Peverley, by the way, is still not skating.
Pens coach Mike Johnston said after the gamee that Dupuis initially complained of numbness in his arm, but that the feeling has returned and he was at the hospital undergoing tests.
At any rate, the game became almost something that had to be endured. Here's Molinari's detailed recap, and here are the thoughts on individual player performances and goal assessments. Let's put this one in the rear view mirror and move right on.
The Pens had a pretty long layoff, from Saturday through Thursday. Coach Johnston thinks pacing oneself is the best way to deal with such scheduling.
Pens excellent video series In The Room enters its 4th season. Here is the first episode.
We're three games into a new season, and PensInitiative has a post evaluating the lines thus far.
Our Saturday's opponent, the New York Islanders, remained red-hot as they moved to 4-0-0-following a shootout win against the San Jose Sharks. Grabovski was laid down on the ice by a thundering hit by John Scott, but does not have a concussion.
The Bruins and the Canadiens renewed their rivalry and it was exactly as charged as you imagine, with Milan Lucic front and center.
From the nation's capital, the Caps romped over the Devils in a 6-2 win, and the Devils also lost forward Martin Havlat to a gruesome facial injury.
In the late game of perennial favorites out West, Jonathan Quick made 43 saves for a shutout win over the St. Louis Blues.
Nick Cotsonika's Three Periods weekly column has details about Chara's push to stay at the top and the Habs leadership change.
Onward. It's a long season. The sooner we shake this off, the better.