Tonight proved to me that the Pens are the biggest disgrace the NHL has seen in a long time, i was unsure before but now it's confirmed. Some of the levels they stooped to including trying to take out Giroux's head was pitiful.
Crybaby is also one of the most overrated players of our time and gets more favourable treatment than just about anyone.
You do kind of have to wonder what the Pens were inviting re: Crosby...
Seems they didn't think it through at all. Honestly they would have been fine if they stopped after Asham, as they did for a while. Would have been forgotten by next game completely. With Neal's antics at the end however there's zero chance they're not leaping at Crosby's noggin every chance they get on Wednesday.
Blindsiding Couturier, Laviolette making a point by putting his non-fighting guys out, and then blindsiding Giroux in the next shift is the most purely gutless move I have seen in my life, not necessarily by outcome but by ********* level. I expect the Flyers are extremely livid.
I'd bench Giroux, call up Shelley and Sestito and just have fun the next game testing how much Crosby and Malkin have really healed. Then close it out for real at Consol in front of the Pens fans.