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Flyers at Penguins - 10-07-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

Welcome back to hockey:

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-What a marvelously intoxicating sport we watch, play and love.

-And also, welcome to:

-It's a simply amazing day in Pittsburgh. We could only spot one cloud in the sky. It's sunny, cleary and in the high 60s:

-It's a playoff feel today. Almost. Nothing is ever exactly like a playoff game except for a playoff game itself, but when you see folks walking around town after work in a Marc-Andre Fleury jersey, you know it's a special day:

-If you didn't know Gateway Center was the first publicly sponsored privately fina_ed urban _evelopment project in the United States and that it opened in 1952 by the Equitable, you do now:

-Fifth Avenue Place:

-Thew Fairmont building downtown:

-It's year old, but this license plate still works:

-Some splendid unlicensed Evgeni Malkin, Maxime Tablot and Troy Polamalu gear:

-A Jaromir Jagr jersey:

-By the way, Jagr scored his first career NHL goal 20 years ago today.

-Bookbag foul:

-The Civic Arena:

-Walking into the Civic Ar...:

-Oh yeah... oops:

-A fitting jersey since he's an assistant coach for the Flyers. Joe Mullen:

-These are jersey fouls, but we'll let them slide:

-Matthew Barnaby:

-Luc Robitaille:

-Mario Lemieux Team Canada:

-Gilles Meloche California Seals:

-Fans waiting to get into the new barn:

-Perhaps the best "two for one" jersey photo we've ever captured. Rob Brown and Ron Stackhouse:

-Ron Francis:

-Some PennDot workers are apparently attending the game:

-The big screen set up along Fifth Avenue which is a little smaller than the screen they used to set up outside Mellon Arena

-The ice:

-And Patrick Killeen's trip from Wheeling wasn't all for naught. He has a seat in the press box media level:

-Time to go hunt some jerseys. As we do that, Billy Wareham and Vinny Karpuzka come through with some "Human" by The Killers for us:

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-Bob Errey:

-Andy Bathgate:

-We'll have to check on the number on his Mark Letestu jersey:

-Eddie Shack:

-We never fail to see Mike Rupp jerseys here:

-Ulf Samuelsson:

-Marc-Andre Fleury Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins:

-Former Penguins killer Tim Kerr:

-Zbynek Michalek Team Czech Republic:

-Dick Tarnstrom:

-And Eric Tangradi OHL all-star jersey:

-Warm ups:

-The Penguins starting line up is Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz at forward, Zbynek Michalek and Brooks Oprik on defense and Marc-Andre Fleury in goal.

-The Flyers' starting lineup is Daniel Carcillo, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards at forward, Matt Carle and Kimmo Timonen on defense and Sergei Bobrovsky in goal.

-The Penguins' scratches are Ben Lovejoy, Eric Godard and Patrick Killeen.

-The Flyers' scratches are Matt Walker, Andreas Nodl and Chris Pronger.

-A nice, but sad mini tribute to the Civic Arena is presented.

-After the tribute, the lights turn on, and Mario Lemieux can be seen holding a bottle of water, melted ice from the Civic Arena. He pours it right at center ice. Simply stunning.

-At 6:59 p.m. EDT, the first "official" "LET'S GO PENS" chant in Consol Energy Center is offered.

-One-by-one, the 2010-11 Penguins' are introduced. Pascal Dupuis gets "DUUUUUUUU" chants. Fleury gets "FLERRR-EEEE!!! FLERRR-EEEE!!!!!" The loudest cheers are of course reserved for Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

-Who else but "Pittsburgh's own," - as pubic address announcer Ryan Mill presents him - Jeff Jimerson would sing the national anthem:

-Jimerson also wears a tux. He's not messing around.

-A special ceremonial faceoff between Crosby and his counter part, Richards takes place at center ice. Lemieux and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman drop the puck.

-Say what you will about Bettman, but he played a major role in this building and this team being here. Period.

FIRST PERIOD

20:00: At 7:15 p.m., EDT, Crosby meets Richards for the first l faceoff in Consol Energy Center. Crosby wins the draw back to Orpik.

19:34: A wrister by Carter from the left wing is blocked out of play by Orpik.

19:28: Off a faceoff win in the Penguins' zone, Braydon Coburn chips a puck on net from the right point for the first official shot here. Fleury bodies it away for the first save.

18:08: Mike Comrie controls the puck behind the Flyers net, moves to the left of the cage and attempts a wrap around. Bobrovsky holds it out with his left foot but allows the rebound to trickle to the slot. Paul Martin is in deep. He slides in, falls and pushes the rebound towards the open cage with Bobrovsky significantly out of position. His shot hits off the right post however and the Flyers are spared. Credit Comrie with the first official shot in this barn.

16:46: Craig Adams puts a wrister on net. Bobrovsky knocks it down and covers as Mike Rupp moves in for a potential rebound.

15:22: Martin takes a pass from Kennedy just above the left circle. He's hooked by Carle but no call. Fans voice their displeasure.

14:35: After Kris Letang and Deryk Engelland fumble a puck in their own zone, Nikolay Zherdev steals it inside the Penguins' blue line and snaps it on net from the slot. Fleury fights it off.

13:08: If you can imagine such a thing, Scott Hartnell takes out his buddy Brooks Orpik with a low hit along the boards. So far, the officials are letting a lot go.

11:32: Letang sneaks a wrister on net from the right point. Bobrovsky fights it off.

11:11: Matt Cooke jabs a puck on net from the slot. Bobrovsky is able to fight it off.

10:59: Off a faceoff win in the left circle in the Flyers' zone, Malkin snaps a wrister wide.

10:46: Alex Goligosi drives a slapper on net from the left wing. Malkin is in the slot and re-directs it on net. Bobrovsky fights it off. Comrie is right there for the rebound to the right of the cage but puts the puck off the side of the net.

10:39: With Bobrovsky being bombarded, Peter Laviolette calls time out to organize a night when everyone can come to his house and watch "Santa With Muscles:"

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-We think.

9:53: Coburn drives a shot on net from the top of the slot. Fleury maes the save but allows a rebound. Giroux is there to clean it up and seemingly has a wide open net to work with. But Fleury is able to dive to his left and appears to poke the shot away with his stick. If so, amazing save.

9:44: Kunitz and Crosby lead a two on one up the ice again Coburn. Kunitz deals the puck to Crosby in the slot. Crosby whips a one-timer on net. Bobrovsky is able to slide over and boot it out. He comes up with his own impressive save.

9:07: Malkin moves up the right wing and sneaks a pass to Comrie trailing in the slot. With a few hundred bodies or so in the crease, he puts a wrister on net. Bobrovsky locates the puck and freezes play. Another tough save.

7:51: Who else but Matt Cooke would take the first official penalty? He's nabbed for holding Giroux. Crosby, Orpik, Dupuis and Michalek take the ice for the first penalty kill here. Crosby? Interesting. During the stoppage, a fine tribute to late public address announcer John Barbero is presented. Fans offer a standing ovation as members of Barbero's family are shown on the video board. One member begins to cry. It's really a touching moment.

6:24: Talbot gets away with a bit of a trip on Hartnell along the right wing boards in the Penguins' zone.

5:52: Off a sloppy turnover by Bobrovsky, Dupuis and Rupp have a chance for a two-on-one in the Flyers' zone but Coburn makes a wonderful steal of Dupuis' pass in the slot. The Penguins kill off Cooke's penalty without much of a threat from the Penguins.

5:23: Malkin feeds Comrie to the left of the slot. Comrie puts a low wrister on net. Bobrovsky slides over and fights off the puck. So far so good for Bobrovsky

4:01: Tyler Kennedy puts a heavy wrister on net from the right wing. Bobrovsky stops it with a thud.

3:17: Eric Tangradi sneaks up the right wing and pushes a backhanded pass to the slot. Mark Letestu takes the pass and whips it on net. Bobrovsky slides to his right and fights it off.

2:52: Sean O'Donnell is called for tripping Letestu. As the official holds up his arm to signal the penalty, Flyers captain Mike Richards naturally decides it a good time to line up Letestu for a blindside hit. Letestu fights off the hit. Play is halted. Richards pushes him trying to goad him into his own penalty. Letestu doesn't bite and skates to his bench. Crosby, Malkin, Goligoski, Comrie and Kunitz take the ice. Malkin will work the point with Goligoski.

2:36: Darroll Powe moves the puck up ice shorthanded on the left wing and pumps a slapper on net. Fleury fights it off. He tries to distribute to a teammate but nearly turns the puck over. A few folks held their breath on that play.

2:19: Goligoski whips a wrister on net from the right point. Bobrovsky boots it out with is right foot despite a screen by Kunitz.

1:54: Crosby tees up a slapper from the eft circle. Coburn blocks it.

1:23: Martin gets his first crack at the Penguins' power play and does a wonderful job simply skating the puck up ice and gaining the zone.

0:55: Shorthanded, Hartnell has a partial breakaway and pumps a slapper over the far side of the cage.

0:52: O'Donnell's penalty is killed. The Penguins didn't exactly have the most impressive effort there with their "new" power play.

0:00: End of period. Flyers 0, Penguins 0.

FIRST INTERMISSION


-Who says you need goals for entertainment. The first period in this new structure was fantastic. Skating up and down the ice. Quality scoring chances. Superb goaltending. Very entertaining.

-For a Flyers-Penguins game, this was a pretty tame first period. Not a lot of extracurricular stuff after the whistle. Heck, there wasn't even a lot of hitting.

-Fleury and Bobrovsky have put on a show so far. We doubted Bobrovsky, but he's been the best player on the ice so far.

-Comrie and Malkin still have the chemistry they displayed in the preseason but Comrie need to finish at least one of the chances Malkin has created for him.

-Martin's skating ability has been very impressive so far.

-Tyler Kennedy is playing like his lunch money is on the line. Perhaps it is.

-With Pronger out tonight, Coburn has picked up the slack on the Flyers' blue line. He's been all over the ice.

-The Penguins have a 15-9 lead in shots.

-Comrie leads the game with four.

-Coburn leads the Flyers with three.

-Coburn leads the game with 8:01.

-Letang leads the Penguins with 7:19.

-The Flyers have a 9-8 edge in faceoffs (53 percent).

-Giroux is 3 for 4 (75 percent).

-Crosby is 5 for 10 (50 percent).

-Orpik leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Coburn and Oskar Bartulis each lead the Flyers with two.

-If you're wondering if Ed Rohm (AKA the F-31 Sign Guy) could bring his banners from the Civic Arena to this place, have no fear:

-Kudos to EN contributor Mike Bober for the photos.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: The Penguins start the period with a line of Kunitz, Malkin and Comrie.

18:53: On a partial two-on-one against Martin, Ville Leino feeds a pass to Hartnell in the right circle. Letang makes a nice recovery and pokes the puck away.

17:50: Goligoski sneaks up the right wing deep and feeds  pass to Makin trailing makes a nice move by van Riemsdyk and whips a wrister on net from the left circle. Bobrovsky eats it up.

17:15: Engelland is nabbed for hooking Giroux. Talbot, Dupuis, Michalek and Orpik take the ice.

17:09: Ugh. The first goal in this building belongs to a Flyer. Off a faceoff win by Carter, Richards controls the puck at the right point and directs it below the faceoff circle to Briere who makes a fantastic play to re-direct it by Fleury on the glove side. A really nice pass by Richards and even better re-direct and Briere. Richards and Carter get assists. Flyers 1-0.

16:25: We get our first notable scrum as Engelland and Shelly mix it up in the right wing corner in the Penguins' zone. Engelland took exception to Shelley making contact with Fleury. So do the officials as they send him off for goaltenders interference. Tangradi, Goligoski, Malkin, Crosby and Comrie take the ice. Malkin is at the point with Goligoski.

15:50: Tangradi and Crosby each have chances down low but can't put it by Bobrovsky who is swimming around his crease.

14:22: As Shelley's penalty expires, Crosby  has a backhander from the left circle bocked by O'Donnell. The Penguins had a few decent chances but

13:38: Briere gets loose on a breakaway. As he approaches the net, Fleury challenges him with a poke check and forces a shot over the cage.

11:57: Giroux has a chance in the right circle. With Michalek and Fleury challenging, he whips it far side. The puck clinks off the post.

11:35: The Flyers are dominating play int he Penguins zone at the moment. Andrej Meszaros rips a wrister from the right point on net. Fleury boots it out with his right foot with a "thud."

10:03: Malkin lifts a wrister from the right circle to the far side. Bobrovsky punches it away with his blocker.

9:04: Letestu snaps off a pedestrian wrister from the right circle. Bobrovsky makes the easy save.

8:55: Letestu and Kenedy have a chance down low but neither can get it by Bobrovsky

8:00: Adams chips the puck up ice into the Flyers' zone. He tries to chase it down, but Coburn holds him up. That's two minutes for interference. Letang gets a chance with the first power play unit as he takes the ice with Malkin, Comrie, Crosby and Kunitz. Malkin is again at the point.

7:03:  Malkin cranks a wild slapper from deep on the right wing which completely misses the cage.

6:00: The Penguins' power play expires without much of a threat from the Penguins once again. Mike Yeo is sitting in his Houston condo  laughing.

5:16: Orpik tags Briere pretty good with a hit.

5:13: Kimmo Timonen cranks a slapper from the left point. Fleury fights it off.

5:00: Orpik and Briere mix it up in the left wing corner in the Penguins' zone. Both go down but Oprik's the only one who gets a penalty. Two minutes for hooking. Michalek, Cooke, Adams and Martin take the ice.

4:01: Dupuis and Talbot creat a two-one one shorthanded against Timonen. Talbot moves the puck to Dupuis on the right wing. Dupuis has a chance at a clean one-timer but Hartnell races back, dives and makes a fantastic poke check. He slides into the net, dislodges it and halts play. What an effort by Hartnell.

3:10: Briere chips a wrister on net from the right point. The puck hits a stick on its way to the net. Fleury is able to fight it off.

2:45: And the Flyers take a 2-0 lead. van Riemsdyk rips a wrister on net from the left wing. It hits the blade of Powe and re-directs on net. Fleury  makes the save. THe rebound hits Martin's skate. Betts is on the back door and cleans up the garbage for the easiest goal of his life. Just a nice honest effort by the Flyers. They go the net and make things happen. Powe and van Riemsdyk get assists. Flyers 2-0.

0:59: Attendance is annoucned as 18, 289. It is the team's 167th consecutive sell out. It is the largest crowd to ever gather for a hockey game in Pittsburgh history.

0:14: Letang gets away with a bit of a trip on Giroux.

0:00: End of period. The period ends with Crosby and Coburn mixing it up a bit in the Penguins' slot. They were probably discussing bacteriophage experimental evolution. We think. Flyers 2, Penguins 0.

SECOND INTERMISSION


-That wasn't an overwhelmingly dominant effort by the Flyers in that period, but they clearly had the better of the play. They went to the net and made the most of their chances. The Penguins simply didn't match the Flyers' effort.

-The Penguins are getting chances, they just haven't figure out Bobrovsky yet.

-Bobrovsky is the story of this game. A pretty unknown goaltender shutting out a dominant offensive team on the road? Who would have thunk it?

-The Penguins "new" power play looks like the old one. They can control the puck, but seem hesitant to put it on net.

-The Penguins lead in shots, 24-19.

-Comrie, Malkin and Coburn each lead the game with four.

-Timonen leads the game with 16:36 of ice time.

-Crosby leads the Penguins with 15:24.

-The Penguins lead in faceoffs, 19-14 (58 percent).

-Crosby is 11 for 17 (65 percent).

-Giroux is 6 for 10 (60 percent).

-Orpik leads the game with four blocked shots.

-Coburn leads the Flyers with three.

-EN friend Jason Yarosik caught some of the red carpet ceremony prior to the game:

-Scoring change on the Flyers' first goal. Leino was credited with the second assist instead of Carter.

THIRD PERIOD

19:16: At 8:59 p.m. EDT, the Penguins score their first goal in this barn. Paul Martin sneaks up on the left wing deep and flicks a really nice backhanded saucer pass through traffic in the slot. Kennedy collects the puck in the left circle. He settles it and rips a rising wrister from a tough angle behind Bobrovsky who was totally lost on the play. This place goes nuts. Kennedy answers his critics. Martin and Letang get assists. The WWE "KENNEDY!" clip is played.

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-The "WOO HOO!" song is played. Flyers 2-1.

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16:45: Kunitz moves the puck up the left wing, gains the offensive zone and pushes it to the slot. Crosby tries to sneak by Meszaros and one-hand it into the net. His timing is off and he misses the puck. But Meszaros is nabbed for holding. Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Goligoski and Comrie take the ice.

16:36: Crosby blasts a shot from the right half wall. It clinks off the post.

15:05: Re-hire Mike Yeo? Letang makes a simply terribly lazy pass in his own zone to Martin. Giroux is in the vicinity, says "Merci" and takes the loose puck away. He moves by Martin, undresses Fleury with a wonderful deke and deposits a backhander into the cage. Uggleeeee.... The goal is unassisted but Letang should demand one.

14:46: And the Penguins get it right back. Kunitz controls the puck in the right wing corner and moves it back to Michalek at the top of the slot. Michalek just chucks it towards the net. It hits one of any three bodies in front of hte cage and deflects under Bobrovsky. Goligoski is given credit for the goal. Michalek and Kunitz get assists. It's a power play goal as one second was left on Meszaros' penalty. The "WOO-HOO" is played. Flyers 3-2.

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14:14: Michalek takes a pass in the slot and rips it towards the net. Carle blocks it.

13:00: Malkin is nabbed for hooking Oskars Bartulis in the Flyers' zone. Malkin protests the call. A scrum develops at center ice. Talbot and old friend Daniel Carcillo are sent off for slashing and roughing respectively. Five on four. Orpik, Dupuis, Crosby and Michalek take the ice. Penguins need a big kill here.

11:52: Timonen golfs a slapper from the top of the slot. Fleury is square to the shot and deflects it out of play.

11:00: The Malkin penalty is killed. The Flyers didn't generate much there.

9:14: van Riemsdyk hulses up the right wing against Letang and chops a shot low. Fleury knocks it dead and covers.

9:04: Off a turnover in the Penguins' zone, van Riemsdyk puts a little backhander on net. It gets through Fleury's five hole and trickles into the near post. Yeesssssh....

6:31: Fleury covers a loose puck which slides in on net.

6:14: Carcillo snaps off a low wrister from the left circle. Fleury boots it away with his left foot.

4:01: Carle jabs a one-timer from the left point. Fleury fights it off despite a few bodies in front.

2:56: After the Penguins pass up several shots in the offensive zone in the past three minutes, it's the man who never hesitates to shoot, Pascal Dupuis, who finally blasts a puck. He fires an inaccurate slapper from the right point wide on the near side.

2:37: Crosby has a few cracks down low but can't beat Bobrovsky down low.

2:24: Dear lord what a save! the Puck squirts loose to the right of the Penguins' cage. Carter, perhaps the Flyers' most dangerous scorer, has the goal dead to rights but can't beat Fleury who stretches out to his right and gets his right leg on it. If the Penguins at least tie the game, remember that save.

1:13: The Flyers give the Penguins an absolute gift. Goligoski skates the puck into the offensive zone but is hooked by Betts. That's two minutes for hooking for one of the Flyers' best penalty killers. Fleury is pulled. Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Kunitz, Comrie and Goligoski take the ice.

0:49: From the neutral zone, Richards chips a puck down ice wide of the open cage.

0:09: After Maklin and Crosby pass the puck around, Letang cranks a one-timer from the right half wall which gets deflected wide on the right side.

0:00: End of game. The Flyers chip the puck down ice and kill the rest of the clock. Flyers 3, Penguins 2.

POSTGAME


-Well that was a kill joy huh? On a night were we celebrated the very existance of this sport in Pittsburgh, the Flyers have the gaul to come in here and win a hockey game.

-Give the Flyers' credit. They played a mostly disciplined game and took advantage of their chances. They went to the net and converted their opportunities.

-How about Sergeri Bobrovsky? What a performance. He didn't look like a 22-year-old kid makin his NHL debut in hostile territory. He looked like a seasoned veteran with a few Vezina trophy wins under his belt. He was mostly calm, rarely out of position and just played a fantastic game.

-We questioned Bobrovsky heading into this game. Can someone get us some humble pie?

-That said, he did get some help from his posts tonight. The Penguins scuffed up a lot of metal.

-Where have you gone Mike Yeo? The Penguins' power play let them down. Their only goal with the man advantage came when Michalek chucked a ho-hum wrister on net and got a fortunate bounce. Yeah, it went 1-for-4, but when the Penguins had a plum chance to tie the game late, they barely even pressured the Flyers' net.

-We're willing give Kris Letang a break for his turnover which led to Giroux's goal since he played sick. That said, his gaffe cost them the game. Period.

-Dan Bylsma mentioned that they had searched for video of Bobrovsky in order to form a scouting report on him, but all they could find of him was three periods of play.

-Malkin and Comrie had some chemistry, but they just couldn't finish.

-Crosby wasn't bad, but he wasn't "Crosby Good."

-Tyler Kennedy's critics can be quiet for one night at least.

-Claude Giroux played a very complete game. He was stron in all three zones.

-This was a pretty tame contest in terms of the "extra" scrums and such and even the hittin. Especially for this rivalry.

-We loved what Paul Martin brought tonight. We haven't seen a player manning the point in a Penguins uniform who could gain the offensive zone on the power play that well since Alex Kovalev.

-The Penguins went to the net quite a bit, but they didn't exactly make things too tough on Bobrovsky. Tangradi and Kunitz need to play "larger" if that makes sense.

-Marc-Andre Fleury was strong. He played well enough to win. He just didn't get a lot of help on the three goals he allowed.

-The Penguins ended up with a 31-27 lead in shots.

-Malkin led the game with five.

-Coburn and van Riemsdyk each led the Flyers with four.

-Timonen led the ame with 25:34 of ice time.

-Crosby led the Penguins with 24:42.

-The Penguins controlled faceoffs, 34-22 (61 percent).

-Mark Letestu was 10 for 14 (71 percent).

-Giroux was 7 for 12 (58 percent).

-Orpik led the game with five blocked shots.

-Coburn led the Flyers with three.

-Kennedy moved past Orpik and Michel Ouellet for 93rd place on the team's all-time scoring list. All three have 80 points, but Kennedy (39) has more goals than Ouellet (35) and Orpik (eight).

-Letang is now in 95th place with 80 points as well. He has 21 goals.

-Goligoski's goal was his 60th career point.

-Martin and Michalek each recorded their first career points as Penguins.

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