NHL playoffs: Best of Tuesday

Ottawa Senators pest Chris Neil is nasty and a pain to play
against, but it looks like Brooks Oprik found a way to one-up him
during Game 1, which the Penguins won 4-1 at Consol Energy Center
on Tuesday.

The Penguins defenseman gave Neil a double-cup-check during the
third period. Neil’s one tough dude. Brooks’ first cup-check
actually lifts Neil off the ice!

Orpik was all over the place during the Penguins’ Game 1 win. He
even lit up Eric Gryba, who left the game and didn’t return, in the
second period.

If you recall, Gryba made a name for himself (good or bad,
depending on your opinion of
) during the first round when he leveled Montreal’s Lars
Eller in Game 1. He was eventually suspended for two games.


Just when Sharks forward Raffi Torres seemed like he had been
working on rebuilding his reputation, he delivered another
questionable hit Tuesday on the Kings’ Jarret Stoll.

Torres, who had just 17 penalty minutes in the lockout-shortened
regular season (he had 83 last season), came across the offensive
zone and clipped Stoll as the Kings center was going up-ice. Torres
was whistled for charging on the play and Stoll left the game and
didn’t return.

Torres, of course, is best known for his
vicious hit to
the head of Chicago Blackhawks star Marian Hossa
in last year’s
playoffs, which saw Hossa leave on stretcher.

As far as Tuesday’s hit, you decide for yourself:

“Clean hit, not even a charging penalty in my opinion,” Sharks
coach Todd McLellan told the media after the game.

We’ll see about that come Wednesday if Torres has a meeting with
Brendan Shanahan.



The LA Kings’ stellar Twitter account has struck again. With the
Kings heading into the third period of Game 1 against the San Jose
Sharks with a 2-0 lead at Staples Center, this is what the Kings’
tweeps came up with:


And in case you were really wondering, here’s what the Kings
star looks like without his jersey on:


Pia Toscano. Remember that name. Don’t know her? Well, she’s the
Kings’ national anthem singer who became the pretty face and the
voice of the LA’s 2012 Cup run.

The Boston Bruins may have Rene Rancourt and the Philadelphia
Flyers had Kate Smith, but only in LA would a hottie singer-artist
become the traditional voice of a pro hockey team’s national

Check out her performance on Tuesday:



Some fans are willing to go the extra mile.

This Pens fan is definitely one of those. Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette writer Seth Rorabaugh tweeted out this fan’s
unbelievable manscaping skills. Check it out.

It that’s not enough, Rorabaugh let us know that The
King’s in the building too.

How could the Pens lose with all this kind of backing?


Four different Penguins scored in the Game 1 win, including
defenseman Paul Martin’s tally just 2:41 into the contest.

All the scoring got the attention of the one and only Happy