Frustrated with losing, with his team being short-handed for the equivalent of more than half of a period, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin let loose with unflattering language toward the officials at the end of the 5-2 loss Wednesday night against Toronto.
He was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
By Thursday, Malkin was calm and ready to shoulder responsibility for his outburst.
"I lost control," he said after practice at Consol Energy Center. "We lost, and I was really mad. It's my fault."
Malkin was one of several Penguins who were puzzled by some of the minor penalties called. The Maple Leafs had eight power plays, for a total of 11 minutes, 40 seconds.
"Every year, they change the rules," Malkin said. "It's tough to play sometimes. But we'll just play how we can."
A chilly reception?
It was far from toasty when the Penguins landed Thursday in Winnipeg in advance of their game tonight against the Jets. According to forecasts, it might barely get above 0 degrees Fahrenheit during their stay.
"I'm looking forward to getting up there and waking up in that cold," Penguins winger Tanner Glass said. "I like the cold. I'm from up there. It's beautiful. That lets you know you're alive."
Glass, from Regina, Saskatchewan, spent last season with the Jets -- a season that saw the NHL return to Winnipeg.
"It was awesome," Glass said of the team's reception in Winnipeg. "It was like a playoff game every day."
Glass was part of the so-called GST line with Jim Slater and former Penguin Chris Thorburn. The GST is a Canadian tax.
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Malkin offers apology of sorts for late-game tirade at officials
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jan 25