The hockey skirmish that kicked up Friday afternoon did not involve high sticks, wandering elbows or even that time-honored tradition known as face-washing. Technically, it did not even involve the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins.
It was a battle of words, waged on Twitter, between two Pittsburgh sports radio hosts from rival stations: Andrew Fillipponi of KDKA-FM (93.7 The Fan) and Mark Madden of WXDX-FM (105.9 the x).
Though the two work for opposing stations, their shows are on opposite one another, so there’s probably less animosity than there could be. Madden is an unabashed Penguins fan, although he will present legitimate analysis of the team’s performance. Fillipponi has been known to take a contrarian viewpoint of the teams in the Pittsburgh market.
3. Erik Karlsson, Senators Karlsson passed Dany Heatley for the fourth-most playoff points (36) in Senators franchise history. He skated 39:33 in Game 7, capping a memorable playoff run by the dynamic defenseman.
2. Matt Murray, Penguins Murray and Craig Anderson matched each other shot for shot through four periods, but the 23-year-old upstaged the cagey veteran, making 27 saves.
1. Chris Kunitz, Penguins Kunitz is the oldest player in NHL history to score a Game 7-winning goal in overtime.
It’s uncommon in 2017 to see a well-executed hip check in the NHL, but Marc Methot took a page out of the old-school textbook with his second-period shot on Evgeni Malkin. Feast your eyes.