Just like most people predicted. That’s progress, I guess? Here’s the video from the Department of Player Safety:
Washington and Pittsburgh is a hell of a matchup under any circumstances, but this year—with the Capitals the Presidents’ Trophy Winners and the Penguins the league’s hottest team over the second half—many (bettors, anyway) have this pegged as an early Stanley Cup Finals. And it’s only the second round! No wonder…
The calls for suspension rang out during the first intermission of tonight’s Capitals-Penguins Game 3 as Kris Letang knocked Marcus Johansson out of the game with a brutal hit.
Kris Letang is clearly excited for Game of Thrones to come back this weekend, because he used his hockey stick like a goddamn battle ax here and went straight for the jugular. The Penguins beat the Rangers 3-1 on goals and 1-0 on attempted decapitations.
To be clear, Marc Methot's hip check is much smoother than Kris Letang's effort on David Backes, but the Penguin got the job done.
Florida Panthers captain Willie Mitchell got tied up with Pittsburgh's Kris Letang, and inexplicably resorted to swinging Letang's own helmet at him. Willie Mitchell's a lawless man.