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!

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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


hit) 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:

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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