Kris Letang Needs Rabies Shots
Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers is both a gentlemen and a scholar. By that, I mean that he’s a biter. At the very end of regulation of last nights Pens/Flyers contest, Hartnell took exception to Letang taking exception to Mike Richards railroading Marc-Andre Fleury. Sounds like a big mess, doesn’t it? A mess, yes, but interesting to watch.
Letang was thrown to the ice from behind by Hartnell and they tussled around on the ice until more players joined in. Letang broke free and quickly skated to the bench holding his bleeding hand. Hartnell only received a 2-min minor for roughing.
The press did end up going to ask Hartnell about the incident. Here is what they found out:
NHL vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell was expected to talk to Hartnell about the incident some time Friday, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside.
The Penguins told reporters they should ask Hartnell about it, too.
“Our response is, ask Hartnell,” Penguins GM Ray Shero told ESPN.com via text message Thursday night. “He knows what happened.”
Letang had a similar reaction.
“My answer is going to be ask him. He knows what he did. Go ask Hartnell,” Letang was quoted as saying to Penguins beat writer Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“It’s a first for me,” Letang later added, referring to the alleged bite. “I want to be certain you go ask him.”
When pressed whether he bit Letang, Hartnell was evasive.
“A lot of stuff happens on the bottom of the pile,” Hartnell was quoted as saying to Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com. “He had his hands in my face, doing the face wash, and we were rolling around. I can’t say what happened.”
There you have it, a classy response from a classy guy. This is just another example of how the Flyers would rather be a “tough” team then a “winning” team. All grit all the time does not win championships. Perhaps the less here is that for all the talk about how the Flyers went out and got Chris Pronger to contain Crosby and Malkin and brought in Ray Emery to solidify the goal-tending, they gave up 5 goals in a loss where Crosby and Malkin both played well.
There is a lot of talk this year that because of the moves they made, the Flyers are the team to beat. I say not so fast. The Eastern Conference will be a slug fest regardless, so it’s way to early to crown a champion yet. However, I do know that the Pens have a clear match up advantage over the Flyers with 4 solid lines to the Flyers 3. The Pens have eliminated the Flyers during the last two post-seasons on their way to the finals. Now, we have picked up right where we left off.
Flyers fans can chant “Crosby Sucks!” all they want, but the results seem to always be the same: A Flyers loss. Kinda make the fans look awful foolish, doesn’t it?