It was open mic night at Lincoln Financial Field for "Wired: Stadium Series" — NBC’s one-hour special on the outdoor game at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23.
Here were the top five moments from the show:
Farewell to the 'Wayne Train'
After scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, Claude Giroux was congratulated by teammates and eventually embraced Wayne Simmonds.
“Come here, big guy. I love you. Whatever happens, I'll always love you,” Giroux said.
In the locker room, the players passed around the Player of the Game helmet as Jakub Voracek gave it up for Simmonds.
“Hopefully you’re gonna stay around. This is for you, buddy,” Voracek said.
T.K. stirs the pot
With roughly seven to eight players wearing a mic, it was just a matter of time before Travis Konecny would be caught chirping at the Penguins' players. After Nolan Patrick laid out Jack Johnson following a knee-to-knee collision, Konency let Johnson have it.
“Hey, atta boy, Johnson. Atta boy! You eating that up? Karma is a f***ing b****, eh? Eat up, bud, eat up,” Konecny said.
Later in the game, Konecny was giving it to Evgeni Malkin, the result of his stick-swinging incident at the Wells Fargo Center in that game 12 days prior. Konecny even refers to Malkin as a "f***ing nerd.”
Travis Konecny is a legend. pic.twitter.com/w92WJe1MaX— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) March 6, 2019
Hagg and Malkin exchange blows
When sorting out the penalties between Robert Hagg and Malkin, who received matching minors for crosschecking the other player, referee Dan O'Halloran was having none of it and proceeded to keep the rest of the guys in line.
“Those two are getting crosschecking penalties. Anybody else want one? Phil, you want one? Alright, let’s get the f*** out of here. Let’s go,” O'Halloran said.
Simmonds' big hit on Dumoulin
Simmonds' game-changing check to Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin sparked an all-out melee that left Simmonds defending himself, with him asking the Penguins: “Who wants it? It was a clean f***ing hit.”
Later, Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist told teammates on the bench, “Prison rules now, boys. Prison rules.”
Just prior to the second period, Pens coach Mike Sullivan wanted to let O'Halloran know that his team’s defense was decimated with injuries, which led to this exchange:
Sullivan: “So, our guy’s out with a concussion from a direct shot to the head. Simmonds leaves his feet and drives his shoulder right into his jaw. So, he’s out with a concussion, and (Kris) Letang’s out now because he got him in a headlock down to the ice. So, we lose our top defense pair on that one play. Just so you know.”
O'Halloran: “Do you have a question?”
Classic response from a veteran referee.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson read off the starting lineup to the players in the locker room before dropping the ceremonial first puck prior to the game. Cameras also caught the laid-back, down-to-earth head coach having a quick exchange with Giroux just before opening faceoff.
If you missed Tuesday night’s premier, you can catch "Wired: Stadium Series" on NBC Sports Philadelphia on the following dates/times. You can also stream it here.
Thursday, March 7 — 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 8 — 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 — 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2 — 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 — 5:30 p.m.
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