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Link Checks 4/17/2012

Perhaps the top story coming out of Sunday’s matinee between the Flyers and Penguins is the Pens’ dirty play and intent to injure late in the game.  James Neal faced a hearing today, but there isn’t any news yet from it.  Asham will face his hearing this evening (@mattbrigidi).  What’s definite is that Craig Adams will be suspended for Game 4, the automatic penalty for receiving an instigator penalty in the last five minutes of a game.  Dan Bylsma was fined $10,000 for this (@TSNBobMcKenzie).

The Flyers still won despite being targeted, and have all the momentum right now.  Momentum can go a long way, so could this one extra day between games possibly be a bad thing?  All the games have been separated by one day off, but now there’s two days off, and it could affect the Flyers (Orange and Black Pack).

Bylsma said he was not proud of what happened at the end of the game.  Penguins’ co-owner and former superstar Mario Lemieux wasn’t either (CSNPhilly).  The Flyers were of course the ones who thought it wasn’t right.  Hartnell commented on the whole situation, saying, “It’s not hockey,” and, “It’s scary. You have to keep your head up at all times.” (CSNPhilly).  

Especially with the recent concussion ‘epidemic,’ it’s dangerous out on the ice the way teams are playing right now (The Inquirer).  Many fans are biased when they say it, but the Penguins truly are a dirty team.  There’s plenty of evidence to prove it (The 700 Level).

Sean Couturier used to like Malkin’s game, but not anymore (CSNPhilly).  Couturier is just one of many rookies who have lead the way this year and haven’t been overwhelmed by the playoffs (CSNPhilly).  Hartnell knows it, and he can’t say enough good things about them (Broad Street Bull).  Speaking of young guns, the Adirondack Phantoms were eliminated from the playoffs (Times Union).  This allowed the Flyers to announce who their ‘Black Aces’ squad would consist of (TCL Flyers).

The Rangers, Bruins, and Blues all took leads in their series’ with wins last night...

 photo courtesy of NHL.com

The Kings and Canucks will have one more day off before playing again tomorrow (NHL.com). After defeating the Sharks 2-1 last night, the Blues won’t play them again until Thursday (NHL.com).  Chicago and Phoenix will be in action tonight (NHL.com), as will Nashville and Detroit (NHL.com).

 photo courtesy of NHL.com

In the East, the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead over the Sens.  The two teams will pick up where they left off Wednesday night (NHL.com).  The Bruins also took a lead over the Capitals, but those two won’t play again until Thursday (NHL.com).  The Devils and Panthers will play tonight (NHL.com).

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