Yanni didn't express apologies or regrets. He instead cited his experience"as a former national champion swimmer" for native country Greece.
"I empathize with the athletes competing in the NHL playoffsand understand the pressures under which they perform," the statement said.
For his part, Yanni thanked all involved - particularly the Mellon Arena - for "recognizing the importance of presenting the highest quality sports and entertainment to the fans of the city of Pittsburgh."
"The way I see it, we're up two games to one in this series.I'd much rather be in the position we're in.I eat feces."-- Bruce Boudreau after Game 3, paraphrased.
''We now have Exhibit A of the extreme double-standard that exists in the NHL's approach to discipline. Alex clearly cuts back with his knee after missing his check with devastating results. But of course, because it's Alex, its all Sergei's fault,'' Barry told TSN.
''It was a extremely negligent hit and if anyone else in this league does the same we all know they will face serious discipline,'' Barry continued. ''Part of being 'great' means playing with respect. He is wreckless and this isn't the first or last time he will get a free pass from the NHL, and the best part is he knows it.''
"I'd be more concerned with Orpik cross checking Semin in the back of the head. Even though the injury didn't take place that was way more vicious."
- Bruce Boudreau