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Pens-Flyers Postgame: Letang audio and Hartnell reaction



The Trib’s Terrific Trio:

1 – G Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins.

Key stats: 30 saves, including 10 in third period

Rossi: Disgusted with himself for allowing a late goal to Flyers C Jeff Carter. I reminded Fleury he didn’t allow the important tying-goal. “Exactly!”

2 – C Evgeni Malkin, Penguins

Key stats: 1 goal, 2 points, 2 takeaways

Rossi: Stop Sidney if you can. Good luck getting Geno, too.

3 – RW Tyler Kennedy, Penguins

Key stats: 1 goal, 3 shots

Rossi: After scoring his second winning goal of the season, Kennedy’s response to my question about that trend: “Whatever.”


  • The Penguins have been called for 22 penalties over the past two games
  • C Jordan Staal didn’t score his first goal last season until his 11th game. The one he scored at Philadelphia was similar to the one he put past Red Wings G Chris Osgood in Game 4 of the Cup Final last June – Staal driving past defensemen, going around one and in front of another and he swept across toward the crease and whipped a shot past, in this case, Flyers G Ray Emery. I asked if that was now his signature move? “I guess so,” Staal said. “If it works.”

“It sets up the whole season.”

–Penguins D Kris Letang, on the frenzied finish to their 5-4 victory Thursday at Philadelphia

Rossi: Letang was as animated as I’ve seen him after the game. While speaking to reporters he never mentioned the name of Flyers LW Scott Hartnell, who bit Letang’s right hand during a scrum with 1.2 seconds left. However, Letang did hold his damaged hand, the right ring finger on which was heavily taped, while imploring reporters to question Hartnell about the incident. Take a listen to this:


  • As for Hartnell, here is his side of the story – and special thanks to Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times for his efforts to track down Hartnell after I relayed Letang’s words.

Q: Did you bite him?

Scott Hartnell: “He had his hands in my face, doing the facewash, and we were rolling around. I can’t say what happened.”

Q: Has anyone ever accused you of biting?

SH: “No.”

Q: A further explanation?

SH: “He went after (Flyers C Mike) Richards, who was driving the net and I went after him obviously. A couple of other fights broke out and we were rolling around on the ice there.”

Q: So there was no biting?

SH: “(Laughs) No. Well, there was no blood anyways.”

Q: Do you think the league will contact you about a suspension?

SH: “No. I don’t know what the rules are. I have no idea. We’ll see what happens.”

Q: Does it surprise you that he was so adamant that you did it?

SH: “I don’t know what happened. I know he went to the bench and I saw (Flyers D Chris) Pronger with (Penguins LW Chris) Kunitz so I jumped over there. I was out there for two minutes so I don’t know what really happened.”

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–BY ROB ROSSI (10/8/09, from Philadelphia)




Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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