Kris Letang is a veteran of 81 Stanley Cup playoff games.
With that kind of experience, the Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman should have a better handle on his emotions.
Letang was tested by the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal and didn’t like it, as he sticked Jackets forward Boone Jenner in the gut to take a slashing penalty and later was assessed an interference minor deep in the defensive zone that wasn’t necessary.
“I think Kris is a guy who is targeted,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said on Thursday. “There are certain players you are looking to put a dent on, go after with a forecheck and be physical on, and Kris is one of those guys on our team.
“I didn’t like the response from Kris on the penalty he took on Jenner. That’s something he has to be better at and it’s something we need to be better at as a group.”
“I maybe wrong 99 out of 100 times, but I think this is the lineup that can win,” said Coach Bruce Boudreau.
Childishness and petty pranks?