Doesn't matter what team comes into the building, they're coming in to beat the Pens. The Pens were able to scratch across a couple goals against a stingy Jackets team and were able to hang on.
OUR THREE STARS
3. Malkin -- Back after missing two games with an injury, he added to his highlight reel with a beauty to kick off the scoring.
2. Curtis McElhinney -- This game would've been bad news bears for the Jackets without him.
1. MAF -- Carried a perfect game into the 9th, but then the Jackets ruined it. MAF almost caught his white whale with the Jackets' net empty, but the ice surface didn't want to cooperate.
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Columbus Blue Jackets (12-14-3) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (20-10-1)
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For a variety of reasons, it's a short and early gameday post today. Sorry.
Honestly, with everything going on with the team and the league right now, it's a little tough to justify spending a significant amount of time on this post. It's much more fun to write about, talk about and watch hockey when what you're seeing on the ice is shots, saves and goals and not the violent chaos that the league becomes all too often.
Also, James Neal has been suspended for five games. If he wasn't on the team you cheer for, you'd probably be asking for more. We're not sure if this suspension is fair or if he should have gotten more, because the league is absolutely terrible at showing any sort of consistency when it comes to punishment.
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Pascal Dupuis is being accused of breaking Chris Kelly's ankle:
So everyone saw that? Sure did look like Kelly slashed Dupuis back just as hard. Might be time for the Bruins to get a new trainer.
Moving on to the depths of the Boston sports scene...
BarStool sports apparently is a site. And here is their post titled ," I stand by everything Shawn Thornton did today "
So I had to chime in on this Shawn Thornton debacle. The entire city of Pittsburgh is calling for Thornton’s head. Calling him a disgrace to hockey. I got to be honest. I thought Thornton did what he had to do.
Yikes, the writer also claims the Penguins started all of it. Historically bad stuff.
Speaking of bad stuff, Bruins mouth-piece Joe Haggerty from CNNSE.
He has all kinds of excuses:
It didn’t help matters that referees Brad Meier and Gord Dwyer left the game spin completely out of their control with a series of missed chances to calm things down in the first period.
It is always someone elses fault in Boston sports.
Haggerty also called Shawn Thornton's career a "perfect body of work." No words for that.
Moving on to an actual decent Bruins blog. Our boys at Days of Y'Orr tell the truth:
What Shawn Thornton did was wrong and there is nothing you can do to convince me otherwise. I don't care if Brooks Orpik "had it coming" (which he didn't) or not. People believe that what Thornton did was okay because Orpik wouldn't fight Thornton, which apparently makes any act after dismissing an invitation to fight kosher.
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The James Neal / Brad Marchand incident
The Neal hit was terrible, and some would say there’s absolutely no excuse for it. But the severity of the Neal incident isn’t even in the same galaxy as what Shawn Thornton did to Brooks Orpik.
Shawn Thornton’s assault on Brooks Orpik
When you embrace "The Code," you're embracing a way of thinking that says that you solve violence with more violence. You're saying that it makes perfect sense for someone to punch someone else in the face because "that's how you police the game." You're agreeing to the idea that it makes perfect sense to pound on someone because you thought they did something wrong.
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Let the Boston narrative begin:
Shawn Thornton in near tears after game: "I made a mistake. I can't say I'm sorry enough times. That's all I can say right now" #BruinsTalk— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) December 8, 2013
How can one determine another human is near tears? Realistic question.
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