In conjunction with our season long series, PenguinsSauce.com brings you Week 2 of Side Sauce with a continued look around the NHL.
For the second week in a row, a Penguin player was named a Star of the Week. This week, it was Sidney Crosby being named the 3rd star of the week with his 7 point effort (3 G, 4 A) in 3 games. He was bested by San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl, who had 5 goals in 3 games, and Colorado goalie tandem Semyon Varlamov and J.S. Giguere (nhl.com).
After the jump, we’ll take a look at all kinds of other breathtaking things across the league.
Not too much has changed from last week. Toronto is still flying on top of the Flortheast division. Detroit looks like they fit right in in the east. Datysuk undressed Chara today to set up Zetterberg for a sick little goal.
Pens are continuing to control the Metro. Hopefully it isn’t going to be a trend, but how bad is this division right now that a .500 team is sitting in 2nd?
Sean Griffin from The Hockey Writers had a nice write-up about why the Penguins should keep Maatta in the NHL. (We agree with it. But it only makes sense to keep Maatta if you trade someone so that he remains a top 6 guy).
John Tavares ripped his own damn tooth out against the Blackhawks to try to stir up the debate as to which sport has the toughest athletes. We all lose in that one.
Stephen Gionta from the Devils was called for a phantom tripping penalty after Jets forward Mark Scheifele tripped himself up. This probably occurred because, by default, Winnipeg only brings in guys that are bad and not good.
Finally, Tomas Vanek scored a sick goal against Eastern Conference new boys Columbus.
Also, the Flyers are still terrible, even under Craig Berube.
The Avalanche have largely been considered overachievers so far this season under Patrick Roy, but man, are they fun to watch. The 2013 first overall pick Nathan MacKinnon scored his first career NHL goal, but it was slightly overshadowed by this disgusting goal by human highlight reel Matt Duchene:
San Jose has been firing on all cylinders to start the season too. As mentioned, Tomas Hertl has been huge for them, scoring 4 goals in a 9-2 slaughter of the Rangers. The 4th was by far the best though.
Huge stones for a rookie to pull that. Joe Thornton had this to say (if you live under a rock and haven’t heard yet):
Hearing a question to Marleau about Hertl and whether he was showboating, Thornton said:
“Shut up, have you ever played the game?”
When the press turned his way, he then added:
“I’d have my cock out if I scored four goals. I’d have my cock out, stroking it.” (via sbnation.com)
Unfortunately for Hertl, Vancouver’s Alex Edler got suspended 3 games for head-shotting the young Sharks’ star. This is the same Alex Edler that injured Eric Staal and was suspended for 2 games in the usually meaningless World Championship for a terrible knee-on-knee hit.
Speaking of Vancouver, this happened to Roberto Luongo this weekend:
Bobby Ryan scored in his return to Anaheim after being traded to Ottawa, but more importantly, the Ducks brought back the eggplant Mighty Ducks jerseys.
Finally in the west, Nail Yakupov has been a healthy scratch for the last 2 games for the Oilers, who are in town to take on the Pens Tuesday. So if you were looking forward to getting to see the 2012 first overall pick, don’t get your hopes up. They still have a lot of very good and very skilled young guys. Yak also said this, which doesn’t help the European hockey player stereotype:
“I really don’t like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift. I don’t think it’s my game.”
Crosby’s 7 points this week put him in sole possession of the points lead. If he stays healthy, he won’t give that lead up the rest of the year. Plus/Minus sucks, but Brent Burns’ homelessness does not.
Former recipient of the award for being Best Player In The World Claude Giroux finally registered his point of the season this week. Unfortunately for G, that’s as many points as Eric Tangradi, Ben Lovejoy, and Steve Ott and less than Paul Bissonnette (2), Joe Vitale (2), Tyler Kennedy (2), Tanner Glass (3), and Craig Adams (3). Also, Giroux has only 1 more point than David Clarkson on the season, who was suspended for the first 10 games.
As mentioned, the Pens are back at it at home against the Oilers on Tuesday. Game starts at 7. Go Pens.