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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 this hit) during the first round when he leveled Montreal's Lars Eller in Game 1. He was eventually suspended for two games.

MR. CHEAPSHOT TORRES RETURNS?

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.
 

KINGS OF TWITTER

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:

KINGS' GOOD LUCK CHARM?

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 anthem.

Check out her performance on Tuesday:

 

THIS IS MANTASTIC!

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?

A LITTLE LILO FOR YA

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 Gilmore.

Tagged: Blackhawks, Kings, Senators, Penguins, Sharks, Raffi Torres, Jarret Stoll, Chris Neil

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