Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed that Phil Kessel will be a game-time decision for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals.
Sit tight and watch warmup closely, Pens fans. Update to come on Kessel's official status. Also, Sullivan confirmed that Matt Murray will get the start in goal tonight.
Report: Pens clinch playoffs, but lose Kessel
In case you missed it, the Pittsburgh Penguins officially punched their ticket to the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs last night after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 5-2.
It’s no surprise that the two time defending Cup champions are back in the Playoffs for the 12th consecutive season. After all, fans and analysts have pegged the Pens as Stanley Cup favourites all season long. However, a development in last night’s contest may have a huge impact on the team’s Cup odds this season.
Forward Phil Kessel left the game early in the third period with an apparent injury and did not return. While it hasn’t been confirmed that Kessel is in fact injured, here’s the play in question that took him out:
This morning during the team’s gameday skate, Kessel was absent as was the injured Derick Brassard:
What this means for Kessel’s status tonight against the Washington Capitals remains to be seen, but Kessel’s eight season streak of playing EVERY game is in serious jeopardy. Stay tuned, Pens head coach Mike Sullivan is expected to update the media later this afternoon on Kessel’s status.
Giroux wins it in OT with goal of the year candidate
If you missed today’s Easter matinee between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers, you missed an ABSOLUTE beauty!
Claude Giroux had two goals, including the OT winner, Travis Konecny had himself a “Goal of the Year” candidate tally and Patrice Bergeron earned his team a single point by tying the game with mere seconds left. All in all it was an absolute beauty of a game.
First, check out the skills on display from Konecny with his marker:
For those keeping track, that’s now 23 goals and 45 points on the season for the 21 year old sophomore. Incredible.
Not to be outdone however, captain Giroux scored a “Goal of the Year” candidate of his own and sealed victory for his team in overtime with this filthy dangle:
Oh my. That’s a fake between the legs to backhand shelf chip shot. Absolutely FILTHY! So filthy that I think I need to go take a shower after witnessing this goal…