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Penguins lose to Senators, Dupuis to injury

Dec 24, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

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On the score board and in the injury department, Monday was a total loss for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

They were soundly defeated 5-0 by the Ottawa Senators, and lost forward Pascal Dupuis to a lower-body injury after a first-period collision that included his teammate Sidney Crosby.

Crosby, the Penguins’ star, also left the game briefly but did return.

“Right now, I’m just hoping it’s not a severe injury,” Penguins’ head coach Dan Bylsma told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review after the game.

The coach also added that Dupuis is headed back to Pittsburgh and will be re-evaluated.

It was hardly a good night for the Penguins, the top team in the Eastern Conference, on the ice against a struggling opponent from Ottawa.

The Senators opened up a two-goal after two periods, and the floodgates came wide open in the third, as Ottawa put three more up on the board to eliminate any doubt it was coming away with two points.

Senators’ goalie Craig Anderson made 27 saves for the shutout.


  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Simply put they didn’t come to play…that slow start and the 0-7 on the powerplay didn’t really help…just gotta regroup for Friday

    • jpelle82 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      they were already looking forward to the christmas break and i dont blame them. they didnt lose any ground by losing this game to ottawa and the caps lost last night too. they will get guys back from injury and be ready to go for friday.

    • joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      They didn’t come to play… what does that mean? If you meant to say they didn’t play well, then, yes. They played horribly. They have a couple of ugly wins with the AHL d men, and it was a question of time before they dropped one, two or more.

  2. arlingtonrob - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    From the post game comments it seems Crosby doesn’t care for hip checks. For a hip check to “target” a knee, Methot would need to be about 4′ 3″.

    Good hard check with an unfortunate result.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      That’s exactly what Methot said when asked about it after the game. Pretty much impossible for him to hit a guy lower than the knees.

  3. indianhead1992 - Dec 24, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Crosby crying again about getting hit to hard. It was a good clean hit, that’s how you have to stop him; just hit hard and often. Their minds were probably on the Christmas break, feel bad for whoever they play Friday.

    • 6superbowls - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      6′ 3″ taking the knees out on someone must faster and much more talented that stands 5′ 11″. I’d call that hit boarderline, not “good clean hit”. Inferiority and fear is what causes these idiots to go after knees.

      Probably a good idea to bring his gloves to Console Feb. 3rd. Mr. Engelland’s BS suspension will be over by then and I’m guessing he’ll want a word with Methot.

      • sens101 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        The hit was clean, plain and simple.You are the only idiot. Fear causes that hit. Wow…you give american hockey fans terrible rep. Methot has thrown hipchecks many times in a similar fashion and never been penalized for a low hit. Mr. Englland will get dusted as will the rest of the pens who try to scrap with the sens. We’ll let Neiler, Cowen, Kassian, Smith, take care of business. Hopefully, its a learning experience for you. After all, fighting is the only things thes sens have been doing consistently well this week. Lay off the nog bud

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Taking out the knees is a garbage play. That’s why it was good to see Methot hitting Sid right in his hockey pants (which do not extend to the knee, since you’re obviously clueless as to all things hockey).

      • President Charles Logan - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        LOL Ottawa….. Canada’s bottom feeder franchise , do you guys actually think anyone fears playing the Sens? …Chris Neil is washed up … Kassian is a nothing you should have signed the other Kassian if you wanted a tough guy … Zack Smith? how does that guy get a regular shift when he cant even skate and who the heck is Jared Cowen? another Binghamton Scrubb that would be stuck in the AHL if he wasnt in your organization

  4. ironman721 - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Bad game! Outplayed every way possible and another injury. Well at least it’s Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everybody!

  5. Hockeyfan - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Watch the replay. Yes, most of the contact was at the hip but was low and both players almost made knee to knee contact. Crosby stated” it was a hip check.” “It was low…..he almost blew my knee out….”stating facts. So hard to characterize it as whining. No matter what he said someone would find fault with it.
    Pens were bound to run down. Not making excuses or whining. They looked tired and out of sorts from the start.

    • cofran2004 - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      It’s pretty well established by most logical fans, even some Pens fans, that crosby is a whiner. He got hit. It was clean. And unfortunately, dupuis got injured. That’s really about all you can do to characterize the incident.

      Believe it or not, it IS legal to hit crosby. I know you pens fans are used to a penalty being called if a strong breeze brushes gently against crosby’s cheek, but that’s starting to die down. Time to come to terms with it; hockey is a contact sport.

      • futuistheflyers - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        I have no qualms with hip checks. Can they be dangerous? Absolutely. But they are fun to watch. If Crosby had an issue with hip checks, he wouldn’t have tried to deliver one on Turris. Methot delivered a near perfect open ice hip check. The reaction to that hip check (Crosby being upended) is what happens when you deliver a solid hip check.

        I remember a few years ago when Steve Sullivan was in a Pens uniform, and he delivered a beautiful open ice hip check that sent the opposition player end over, and hard into the boards. They’re exciting, dangerous hits. As a fan of hockey first, and a Penguins fan second, I hope they never get rid of the hip check.

      • lindbergh9 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        U R an IDIOT!!! Sid crying is the most stupid uneducated thing a brainless hockey fan like yourself can say. Go to bed and get ready for 1st grade tomorrow.

      • cofran2004 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        I would but…. school’s out for two weeks, IDIOT.

        But seriously, the only people who dispute this are pens fans. And even some of them don’t. Take the rose colored glasses on, friend.

  6. dufferin101 - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:57 AM


  7. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    It was a good run for the Pens they won 12 of 13 games with all the injuries they had. Plus every year they play a game against Ottawa where they get totally waxed. Whatever. Pretty sure Dupuis knee injury is season ending. Knee’s aren’t supposed to bend that way. It may sound crazy but any chance they EXPLORE moving Letang? I mean it’s time to cash in the D depth for a top six guy on Crosby’s line.

  8. montrealbbr - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Hahaha its the Penguins crying about being hit when they are one of the dirtiest teams playing! What a bunch of hypocrites!

    • drone501 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      i am going to find you and punch you silly. merry christmas from ther\ pens and there fans.

      • cofran2004 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Oh my god! An internet tough guy?! NO WAY!

        Watch, I can do that too…

        I’m going to find you, punch your mother in the mouth, throw your father down the stairs, make your gramma eat sand paper, force your grandpa to watch lifetime movie network, and make your dog eat catfood.

        See? It’s not that tough.

  9. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Your team isn’t angelic either. You have one of the dirtiest players in the NHL on the Canadiens in PK Subban.

    • montrealbbr - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Subban is one of the most skilled players on the Habs and is widely respected in the league. Nice try though.

      • killerpgh - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Skilled yes. But I found the respected comment to be a little over the top. Remember Mike Richards?

      • bruininnh1984 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        seriously?? lol

  10. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Sour grapes from last year. I guess.

    • sens101 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      not at all. I fully admit the pens are a better team than the sens hands down. We had no chance last year. I’m realistic. But give me a break. The hit was clean. Pens fans whine a lot on this site, and it really isn’t justified. I’m Canadian. I love Crosby. Hes the greatest player in the game and cant wait for him to put the Maple leaf on in February and hopefully lead the Canadian Team to gold. With that said, keep your head up in the middle of the ice. He tried to split the D through the middle of the ice and being the best player in the world, should have had the presence of mind that either Gryba or Methot would take the opportunity to level him, as they so often try.

      Bottom line, the Pens probably took the game for granted before the Christmas break and it was Game over.

      Oh and BTW, we’ll see how the pens do this year if they continue to have similar injury problems that the sens did last year. Good luck lol

      • jpelle82 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        to the only sens fan that showed up here – that karlsson goal was sick!

      • steelpenbucs87 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Clean hit with an unfortunate result (Duper’s injury) but it could have been a lot worse – Crosby’s skate was dangerously close to the head/neck area of Dupuis. That’s obviously not Methot’s fault, just something that could have been a TON worse.

        The Pens have been doing well in spite of the injuries, but I wouldn’t mind getting through a game without someone going down – hopefully Dupuis is back in a couple of weeks and the Christmas ‘break’ means one less game missed.

  11. drone501 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    pens cant win them all, just most of them.

  12. killerpgh - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I’m pretty sure the Sens took the Penguins lunch money yesterday as well. The Pens got owned by the Sens last night. It happens from time to time throughout an 82 game season.

  13. titansbro - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Hypocrisy from Pens fans (on this site at least) is unbelievable. Almost have to respect it… almost.

  14. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    I understand that the Penguins lost last night I understand they are going to have bad games. The problem I have is hip checks in general. There is a risk of blowing a guys knee out. If Crosby got his knee blown out last night because of that hit every Penguins fan here would Methot banned from the league.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      just stop kid, go shake some christmas presents your mommy and daddy set under the tree for you or something…maybe try to figure out which set of legos they got you this year

    • steelpenbucs87 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      So here’s the disconnect I think your having – you keep saying that if Crosby had blown out his knee then a lot of Pens fans would be upset and would want Methot to be suspended… and you’re not wrong. But here’s the difference: Crosby didn’t get his knee blown out BECAUSE it was a good clean hip check. Hip checks always look nasty – you’re taking your hip and putting it into another player and folding them in half, which is exactly what happened last night.

      If Methot HAD blown out his knee, it likely would have been because he did go too low or went in targeting the knee… but he didn’t. And Crosby didn’t blow out his knee. Its akin to saying people should be up in arms about a shoulder on shoulder check because it COULD have hit a guy in the head.

  15. montrealbbr - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    You have a problem with hip checks? You are in the minority here because that is part of hockey. Do you have a problem with them because they are considered clean and your team is as dirty as they come?

  16. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Yeah but even Sid said last night that he almost got his knee blown. I guess the thing that scares me about hip checks is if you go to make a hit and you miss low you can tear someones knee up.

  17. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I also think that the Penguins need to get a tough guy on the team. Someone like a Zack Rinaldo or a Aaron Asham. I was very displeased that the Penguins didn’t stand up for Crosby. Like I have said before I didn’t have a problem with the hit. The problem I have is teams taking shots at Crosby and Malkin.

  18. joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    It was not a hit across or below the knees.

    44.1 Clipping – Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an opponent. A player may not deliver a check in a “clipping” manner, nor lower his own body position to deliver a check on or below an opponent’s knees.

    An illegal “low hit” is a check that is delivered by a player who may or may not have both skates on the ice, with his sole intent to check the opponent in the area of his knees. A player may not lower his body position to deliver a check to an opponent’s knees.

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