Evgeni Malkin thought his mom deserved to be one of the torch bearers. “Last year when we were in Pittsburgh, Zhenya (Geno) asked me ‘Would you be a torch bearer?’ I replied ‘Easily!’” Natalia Malkin told R-Sport.
“When I came back from Pittsburgh in the summer I started going to the gym, getting fit. Although I couldn’t last for a long time, approximately a month. I thought the distance is not that long, I will make it somehow without training.”
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Brad Richards and his unhumanly white teeth stood at center ice in the shootout with the opportunity to send his hot Rangers team into the Olympic break with a huge win in CONSOL Energy Center, where the visiting team simply doesn't win too often. With a thud from the net's mike, Richards had powerbombed Fleury, and the game was over.
While the Olympic break is coming at a bad time for the Rangers, who have won 5 of their last 6, it's a blessing in disguise for the Pens. Even though the Pens are sending 7 players over to Sochi, these next three weeks give a lot of bodies time to heal up.
And for fans across the board, it's a nice three-week break. Before you know it, it's gonna be March 1st and the trade winds will be whipping across the land. Until then, we'll be covering the action in Sochi here and there.
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3. Olli Maatta
Maatta scored the Pens' first goal and added a brilliant assist on the tying goal. Kind of interesting that Maatta would have such a strong game the same day as all of the Letang stuff.
2. Dan Girardi
Too good. 27 minutes of solid hockey. Goal and assist.
1. Benoit Pouliot
Players named Benoit kill the Penguins -- known fact dating back to Benoit Hogue. Pouliot was an active screen in front of Fleury all night, and he chipped in two goals.
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New York Rangers (31-24-3) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (40-15-2)
Root Sports, NHLN-US, MSG2, RDS - 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after having a stroke last week, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manger Ray Shero.
The condition is treatable with blood thinners and at this point is not believed to be career threatening.
Further testing also revealed that Letang, 26, has had a very small hole in the wall of his heart since birth. This small defect in the wall is present in all individuals before birth but seals shut in most people. It is possible that the hole in the heart led to the stroke
Transient ischemic attack, or TIA, is the medical term for neurologic symptoms, such as weakness or numbness, which begin suddenly, resolve rapidly and completely, and are caused by a temporary lack of blood in an area of the brain. TIAs are common, affecting at least 240,000 people each year in the United States.
Some people call TIAs "warning spells" because anyone who has a TIA is at risk for a stroke. As a result, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of TIA and seek treatment as soon as possible.
Risk of stroke after TIA — The risk of stroke after a TIA is highest in the first few days to weeks after the TIA. For example, the risk of having a stroke in the first two days after TIA has been estimated to be 4 to 10 percent. People with certain characteristics are thought to have a higher risk (eg, closer to 10 percent) of stroke compared to people without these characteristics.
On August 9, 1993, Brian suffered a small stroke caused by a blood clot in his brain. The stroke severely impacted his motor skills and he required open heart surgery. Mullen was recovering well and his reflexes largely returned to normal. He hoped to one day return to action in the NHL but a subsequent seizure in 1994 ended his dreams of a comeback and he was forced to retire from hockey. [ Wikipedia ]
But in August of 1993, after returning to New York from San Jose to play for the Islanders, Mullen suffered the stroke that ended his career and nearly cost him his life after a blood clot in his leg traveled into a hole in his heart."I couldn't tell hot from cold for two weeks and had slurred speech," says Mullen, who underwent surgery to seal the chambers of his heart. "They went in and closed the hole. They cracked my chest wide open and it didn't heal for six weeks. I desperately wanted to play, but the Islanders didn't want me to."
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The doors open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 15th.
2 winners will receive 2 tickets each.
The winners will be the two closest guesses to when the first goal of the game, either by the Penguins or Rangers, will be scored tonight.
1. Cut-off for entries will be 7:00 p.m.
2. The closest guesses to the time wins. It's not like the Price is Right where you can't go over.
3. Copy and paste the following in a tweet, substituting the times for your own guess:
Olympic Fantasy Hockey www.rinkotology.com @Pensblog 14:14 1st per
We'll contact you on Twitter for a mailing address by the end of the game, and we want to get these in the mail by Saturday morning. Stay on your toes.
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Lost in the Olympics build-up and the Penguins' normal schedule has been Kris Letang's absence from the lineup. It didn't seem like a big deal. Maybe he had the flu or an upper-body injury.
But all of a sudden, something seems really wrong.
- Letang hasn't played since January 27th against Buffalo. He played 22:05 that night and showed no signs of being hurt.
- 1/30 - Scratched against the Kings. Shelly Anderson in her game recap noted Bylsma saying Letang is ill. [ PG ]
- 2/1 - Letang misses the game against the Coyotes and is said to be sick.
- 2/3 - Bylsma is quoted here in the Sporting News:
Letang will not play Monday night against the Ottawa Senators. He missed Pittsburgh's games last week against the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes and will be evaluated further, coach Dan Bylsma said. Asked whether it's a long-term or serious issue, Bylsma said it was "uncertain."
- 2/6 - The Penguins announce on Twitter that no more updates will be given:
No update on Kris Letang until further info is available, per #Pens coach Bylsma— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 6, 2014
And here comes this bomb from Rob Rossi via the Trib:
Kris Letang's mystery illness is not believed life threatening, but the Penguins are not sure when he will play again this season, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review.
The team planned to update Letang's condition Friday.
There were concerns last week that Letang's season — if not his career — could be in jeopardy because of the illness, the sources said.
Not a lot uis known at this point, but whatever this mystery illness is, it seems very odd. The timing also seems off. Why announce a major illness, or whatever it is, right before business is basically shut down tomorrow? Stay tuned because this seems extremely concerning.
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