There was plenty that didn’t make Wednesday’s print story off of the Penguins’ 7-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
For one, I only covered the news aspect of Ryan Suter’s elbow to the chin of Pittsburgh’s Steve Downie, which will net Suter a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday afternoon.
Here’s what Suter had to say after:
“I reached for the puck,” Suter explained. “I kind of poked it, then I went to put my hand (up on the stick) and he, like ran into … I hope he’s alright,” Suter said. “Obviously, that’s not the type of player I am. It was kind of a fluky-type thing. He kind of just brushed my arm, my elbow as he went by.
“I poked for (the puck), and then I went to get my stick. Like I said, I hope he’s alright. That’s not the type of player I am. I personally never want to see anyone get hurt, whether it’s our team or any other team. It’s not the part of the game that makes it exciting.
“I just told (Sidney Crosby after the period), I said, ‘Sid, you know the kind of guy I am.’ He said, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’ So I just asked him to say sorry, and hopefully (Downie) is alright.”
Coach Mike Johnston said assistants Gary Agnew and Rock Tocchet argued that it was a high, illegal elbow — to no available. Johnston also explained that he approached referee Tim Peel between periods to drive the point home.
“(Peel) said they didn’t see it,” Johnston said. “They didn’t see it on the ice. It happened so fast that our bench didn’t even see it.
“I’ll have to take a look at it, but I’m sure the league will review any of those situations.”
A few numbers: The Penguins are 17-1-1 when recording a power-play goal; they’ve killed off 19 consecutive penalties; and they swept the season series against Minnesota for the first time.
Another noteworthy aspect to come out of Tuesday was how happy these guys were for Zach Sill to get his first NHL point. In his 48th game.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury admitted to harassing Sill — no doubt making it a race to 1. But he, like David Perron, conceded they were pretty happy for Sill.
“I’ve only known him for a week and a half, and I was really happy for him,” Perron said.
Solid goal, too. And Sill kept the play alive with some fine stick work, enough to get it to Marcel Goc, who poked home the rebound.
Here’s a gem of a Zach Parise quote coming out of the Minnesota room: “We’re so easy to play against,” Parise said. “The detail of our game is terrible. Just tic-tac-toe right around us.”
It appears as though Christian Ehrhoff will be fine after absorbing a knee-on-thigh hit late.
“It didn’t feel too good, but I’m OK,” Ehrhoff said.
Penguins practice tomorrow at noon at Consol. I’ll be there. Josh has Mario fantasy camp game at night.
Be GRATEFUL to each other,