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Flyers at Penguins - 10-29-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-PREGAME

-Greetings from a cold, blustery day in Pittsburgh. Fall has pretty much arrived. All those pretty orange and yellow leaves have been blown off into everyone's yard. Winter is right around the corner.

-No pregame walk. If you didn't know Epiphany Roman Catholic Church was a historic landmark, you do now:

-The Civic Arena:

-The current barn:

-Student rushers waiting to get in:

-EN reader Ron Michalak spotted a few Penguins checking out some of that new Winter Classic merchandise:

-Some jerseys around the arena. Joe Mullen who's an assistant coach with the Flyers now:

Syl Apps, Jr.:

-Who wears an Eric Lindros jersey?

-Some of the more combative elements of this rivalry. Ulf Samuelsson:

-Craig Adams:

-Gary Roberts:

-Rick Toc__et:

-Dave Schultz:

-Darius Kasparaitis:

-Chris Pronger:

-Matthew Barnaby:

-Here's an all-timer. Paul Coffey Oilers:

-A rare double Ron Francis sighting:

-Peter Taglianetti:

-Rick Kehoe:

-And we're 6 for 6 for Mike Rupp jerseys at home games this season.

 

-Warm ups:

-The Penguins' starters are Sidney Crosby, Arron Asham, Matt Cooke, Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Their scratches are Zbynek Michalek and Eric Godard.

-The Flyers' starters are Andreas Nodl, James van Riemsdyk, Mike Richards, Braydon Coburn and Sergei Bobrovsky.

-Their scratches are Oskars Bartulis and Nikolay Zherdev.

-Jeff Jimerson handles the national anthem:

FIRST PERIOD

19:54: Right off the board, Richards and Cooke handle some unfinished business left over from the Oct. 16 meeting. They drop the gloves, circle around, lock out Cooke has the early advantage as he lands several right. Richards staggers a bit then recovers. He lands a few to Cook who slips. Officials step in. And we're off.

19:37: Deryk Engelland doesn't back down from anyone. A few weeks after going with Colton Orr of Toronto, he drops the gloves with Jody Shelly, another heavyweight. They mostly wrestle around. Landing a few wild shots to the side of eacho ther's head. After nearly a minute of wrestling, their legs wear out and they fall to the ice.  Less than 30 seconds and two fights. This place is going nuts. Ah.... Penguins-Flyers.

19:06: Anothe skirmish breaks out as Ben Lovejoy just shoulder Scott Hartnell into the left wing corner boards. Hartnell is in a heap on the ice. Clean hit. Hartnell just didn't land very well. Play moves behind the Penguisn net where Proger and company jump Lovejoy. Officials break it up as a trainer attends to Hartnell. Hartnell eventually recovers to his feet and returns to the bench. He appears fine. No penalties.

18:31: Another dust-up. Yeesh. Letestu is dropped behind the Flyers' net by Briere. Some shoves are exchanged. Hartnell is called for roughing against Brooks Orpik. Crosby, Mike Comrie, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Goligoski and Chris Kuntiz take the ice.

18:11: There's a make up call. Comrie is caled for Blair Betts. We'll have four on three for 1:40.

17:45: Kunitz is called for slashing Kimmo Timonen. Three-on-three.

17:25: Man is this a sloppy game. Coburn is called for tripping Crosby. Officials take several minutes to figure out the time on all these penalites. We have three-on-three for the moment. Lots of skating.

17:06: A wrister by Pronger from the right point is denied by Fleury. A few fans offer mock cheers.

16:55: Crosby challenges Pronger and Timonen one one two. Pronger makes a nice poke check and knocks the puck away.

16:31: The penalties to Briere and Hartnell expire. The Flyers have a four-on-three power play.

16:11: Comrie's minor expires. Back to four on four.

15:51: Paul martin is called for tripping Briere. The Flyers will have a four-on-three power play for a few seconds.

15:45: Kunitz leaves the box. Back to four-on-four.

15:39: Letang blocks a wrister by Briere from the right circle.

14:31: Coburn leaves the penalty box. The Flyers have a five on four for 29 seconds.

13:51: And Martin's penalty expires. Hallelujah. We're back to five on five.

12:29: Comrie chips a pedestrian wrister from the right circle. Bobrovsky eats it up.

11:48: Wow. Was that pretty. You could almost see that developing in slow motion. Letang gains the offensive zone on in the slot. He leaves a pass for Comrie trailing on the right wing. Comrie snaps a pass to Malkin with speed on the left wing. Malkin then slices the defense by distributing a pass to Letang all alone to the left of the cage. Letang taps it in by a helpless Bobrovsky. Malkin and Comrie get assists. Comrie needed a play like that in a big way. The "Woo-Hoo!" song is played. Penguins 1-0.

9:42: Pascal Dupuis blocks a slapper by Sean O'Donnell from the left point.

8:40: Malkin digs a puck out of the right wing corner in the Flyers' zone, works his way to the net and is denied down low by Bobrovsky.

6:31: Asham hustles up the right wing and pumps a slapper on net from just inside the blue line. Bobrovsky eats it up.

6:07: Goligoski strikes a slapper from the left point. Bobrovsky eats it up.

5:30: Martin sneaks a wrister on net from the left point. Bobrovsky fends it off.

4:22: Kennedy is denied by Bobrovsky on a quick wrister in tight.

3:37: Jeff Carter moves up the left wing one-on-one against Lovejoy and snaps off a wrister to the far side. Fleury knocks it down with his glove hand and covers to freeze play.

2:18: O'Donnell strikes a slapper from the left point. Hartnell re-directs it out of play.

1:24: Carter holds up Kennedy near the Flyers' net. Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Letang and Goligoski take the ice.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 1, Flyers 0.

FIRST INTERMISSION


(We forgot to take a photo of the zambonis during the intermission. So here's an old black and white shot of how they used to clean the ice.)

-Well that certianly was an odd period of hockey. It started out with a ton of energy after two fights, got really sloppy with all kinds of minor penalties and kind of fizzled out with some stagnant play from both teams.

-So far so good for Fleury, but his defense really made things easy for him. The Flyers really didn't have any scoring chances of note.

-The Penguins have a 10-6 lead in shots.

-Comrie looks like he has a little bit more fire than usual tonight.

-Malkin leads the game with two shots.

-Letang leads the game with 9:19 of ice time.

-Pronger leads the Flyers with 8:20.

-The Penguins have a 14-12 edge in faceoffs (54 percent).

-Mark Letestu is 4 for 5 (80 percent).

-Claude Giroux is 5 for 8 (63 percent).

-Lovejoy and O'Donnell each lead the game with two blocked shots.

-We're pretty sure Chris Chelios qualifies as a rival to all of humanity so this Blackhawks jersey isn't a jersey foul on account of the third-party rival rule:

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: The Penguins will have 36 seconds of power play time on fresh ice. Malkin, Crosby, Goligoski, Letang and Cooke take the ice.

19:24: Carter's penalty is killed. The Penguins did next to nothing with their first real power play chance.

19:13: Crosby takes a pass in the slot, spins and whips a wrister on net. Bobrovsky boots it out.

18:13: Kennedy snaps off a wrister from the right circle. Bobrovsky fights it off.

16:33: A slapper by Carle from the right point deflects out of play.

16:14: Craig Adams chucks a wrister on net from the right wing. Bobrovsky eats it up.

15:44: Briere (5-foot-10) is called for high sticking Rupp (6-foot-5). Did he get on a phone book to do that? Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Goligoski and Kunitz take the ice.

14:40: That was brutal. After Letang fumbles a puck at the Philadelphia blue line Richards pushes it up ice. At the Penguins' blue line, Letang dives and knocks the puck away on a solid effort. Richards recovers the puck on the left wing boards, looks up and centers it to Giroux who is all alone driving to the net in the slot. Goligoski and Malkin are no where near Giroux who takes the puck, moves to his backhand and lifts it over Fleury's left leg. Ugggg....lleeeee.... Richards gets the only assist. Letang could make the case for one. Flyers 1, Penguins 1.

13:44: The Briere minor expires. That was pretty pathetic.

12:59: During a television stoppage, several recent Penguins highlights against the Flyers are replayed. Our personal favorite is Timonen getting windmilled by Kunitz in the 2009 playoffs:

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12:22: Attendance is announced as 18,725. It is the team's 172nd consecutive sell-out.

11:56: Comrie rips a wrister from the slot. Bobrovsky punches it away.

11:38: During a stoppage, we're treated to some "Seach and Destroy" by Iggy Pop and the Stooges:

-The Flyers are nabbed for too many men on the ice. Shelley will serve the minor. Que the "Can the Penguins decline the penalty" jokes. Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz Goligoski and Letang take the ice.

10:44: Kunitz jabs a slapper from the left circle. Bobrovsky makes the easy save.

10:17: Off a turnover by the Penguins in the neutral zone, Powell snaps off a wrister from the right circle. Fleury fends it off.

9:38: The Flyers' minor expires. That was ugly

9:28: Richards rips a wrister from the slot. Fleury snags it with a fancy glove save despite some traffic. Richards and Fleury have a friendly little chat afterwards.

9:23: Off a faceoff win, Hartnell jabs a quick little half slapper from outside the left circle. Fleury scrunches his body together to make the save.

8:31: Carter strikes a loose puck on net from the left point with slapper. Fleury boots it out. He's been challenged a little bit this period and has responded well.

7:59: Another tough save for Fleury. Goligoski pinches in at the neutral zone and allows Carter to move up the right wing with Powe on a two-on-one against Lovejoy. Carter, perhaps the Flyers most dangerous scorer, elects to take the shot as Lovejoy flops down to take away the pass. His wrister to the short side is eaten up b Fleury.

6:26: The Flyers were going to score again eventually this period. The've controlled paly for the last several minutes. Carle tosses a soft wrister at the net. from the left point. Daniel Carcillo is in front and re-directs it under Fleury and into the cage. Great play by Carcillo. Hard to put that one on Fleury. Carle and Betts get assists. Flyers 2-1.

5:07: Kunitz has a nice chance from the left circle but snaps off a wrister which is high on the near side.

4:06: As you can imagine, "Thriller" just had to be busted out at least once tonight:

3:52: Engelland misplays a puck at the left point. Richards takes it off him and moves up the right wing on a two-on-one with Nodl against Oprik. Orpik flops to the ice and blocks a shot or pass in the slot. He covers the puck and freezes play. A scrum develops behind the Penguins' net. Engelland is called for hooking Richards. Letang, Martin, Dupuis and Adams take the ice.

3:19: Carters nsaps off a losoe puck at the right circle to the far side. Fleury eats it up.

1:52: Engelland's penalty expires. The Flyers had a few decent chances.

1:25: Powe has a chance in the slot with this back to the net but Orpik does a nice job knocks away the puck.

0:17: Letestu steals turnover by the Flyers in their own zone and immediately zips it to Rupp barging in from the left wing. Rupp takes the pass but pretty much runs out of room before he can do anything with it as Bobrovsky flops down and poke checks it away.

0:00: End of period. Flyers 2, Penguins 1.

SECOND INTERMISSION


-That was ugly. The Flyers dominated that period, especially late. Were it not for Fleury picking up his game, the Flyers might have a bigger lead.

-How many times can the Penguins give up odd-man rushes?

-Crosby was pretty invisible that period.

-His counterpart, Richards, was strong.

-It would be a stretch to say any of the Penguins' skaters stood out that period.

-The power play is a joke at this point.

-Goligoski leads the game with 16:38 of ice time.

-Richards leads the Flyers with 12:07.

-Carter leads the game with four shots.

-Kunitz and Comrie each lead the Penguins with three blocked shots.

The Flyers have a 28-25 lead in faceoffs (53 percent).

-Giroux is 7 for 11 (64 percent).

-Letestu is 6 for 11 (55 percent).

-Engelland leads the game with three blocked shots.

-O'Donnell leads the Flyers with two.

-"Monster Mash" is played:

-A few left over photos. Phil ____ue:

-It's Halloween so why not dress up like the Stanley Cup:

-Or Petr Nedved:

THIRD PERIOD

18:50: We have to admit we dropped this suggestion to Vinny Karpuzka and Billy Wareham who handle the  music here at Consol Energy Center. And they come through with "Cult of Personality by Living Colour:

18:06: Comrie controls the puck behind the Flyers' net and sneaks a pass to Goligoski approaching in the slot. Goligoski jabs a little wrister on net. Bobrovsky eats it up.

17:12: James van Riemsdyk spins and chops a wrister on net from the right circle. Fleury boots it to the opposite boards.

14:38: Letang gather a loose puck in the slot and rips a wrister which gets deflected to the left of the cage.

13:37: The Penguins get a chance to tie the game as Shelley is called for interference as he dumped Rupp behind the Penguins' net away from the puck. Not a smart penalty, even if the Penguins' power play is awful. Crosby, Malkin, Goligoski, Letang and Kunitz take the ice.

13:19: From the right, point, Malkin moves a pass to Letang at the right. Letang swats a one-timer wide on the far side.

12:40: A wrister by Goligoski on the right point is deflected wide on the near side.

11:53: Kennedy guns a wrister from the left circle. It hits a body in front. Comrie is there and jabs it on net. Bobrovsky boots it out.

11:37: And the power play expires. Not that the bar has been set very high, but that was the Penguins' best effort all night with a man advantage.

10:21: Off a rush into the offesive zone, Maxime Talbot whips a wrister on net from the left wing. Bobrovsky makes the save but give sup a tough rebound. Asham is there but can't settle the puck in time to get a shot off.

9:28: Big moment here. The Penguins are nabbed for too many men on the ice. Malkin will serve the minor. Adams, Dupuis, Letang and Martin take the ice.

9:17: And the Flyers cash in. Imagine that, a power play which can score goals. With an aboslute car wreck in the crease, Giroux corrals a loose puck in front of the crease and chips it over a the right leg of a helpless Fleury. It's like night and day compared to the Penguins' power play. Ville Leino and Timonen get assists. That likely ices the game. Flyers 3-1.

6:11: A slapper by Oprik from the left point hits a cluster of bodies in the slot.

3:12: Play has really bogged down here with the Flyers going into a defensive shell. Officials blow a whistle as the Flyers' net is dislodged.

1:05: Fleury is pulled for an extra attacker.

0:44: Hold on a minute. We have a one-goal game. Crosby sneaks up the left wing, dekes by a defender and backhands a cross-ice pass to Kennedy in the left circle. Kennedy kneels down and snaps off a wrister which beats Bobrovsky on the stick side. What an effort by Crosby. It's nice he decided to show up finally tonight. Crosby and Letang get assists. The "Woo-Hoo" song and the "Kennedy!" clip are played:

-Dan Bylsma calls a time out to organize something.

0:40: Fleury is pulled again.

0:00: A last-ditch shot by Letestu to the left of the net is denied by Fleury. Whoa. End of game. Flyers 3, Penguins 2.

POSTGAME


-First things first, Dan Bylsma said Evgeni Malkin left the game lte with an unspecified injury. No other word was given on his status.

-Ugh. That was brutal. This isn't anyone fault specifically. This is a total team failure. Dan Bylsma is to blame. Sidney Crosby is to blame. Evgeni Malkin (when healthy) is to blame. Marc-Andre Fleury is to blame. Deryk Engelland is to blame. Everyone is to blame.

-The power play is an embarrassment. The Penguins have some of the best talent in the world and they can't figure this out. The Capitals have comparable talent and - this season early struggles aside - they are a beast on the power play. Why? Because their players are just selfish. Guys like Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Mike Green just take the shot. If their inital shot doesn't go in. Guys like Mike Knuble and Brooks Laich can clean up the second chances.

-Some have target Chris Kunitz as being a weak candidate to screen goaltenders. There may be some truth to that, but does it matter who screens the goaltender when no one shoots the puck?

-Don't take anything away from the Flyers. When they push aside distraction, they have as much talent and depth as anyone in the league.

-Mike Richards and Claude Giroux are scary as a pair of penalty killers. Peter Laviolette described their abilities saying, "It's a different mentality when (Richards and Giroux) are out there together. There's a little bit of chemistry for those two. They don't cheat with what they do. They kill the penalty first. But when there's a crack or an opportunity, those two look for it and they seem  to know where each other is going to be. And that makes them dangerous as penalty killers."

-Say all the jokes about Mike Richards overstated leadership abilities as many times as you want. He led his team to a win tonight.

-Don't blame Fleury. He had very little help tonight.

-Ironically, Mike Comrie probably played his best game of the season.

-The Penguins led in shots, 28-24.

-Kennedy and Carter each led the game with four.

-Good for Tyler Kennedy, but he can't lead your team in shots.

-Letang led the game with 26:09 of ice time.

-Timonen led the Flyers with 25:03.

-The Penguins had a 38-34 lead in faceoffs (53 percent).

-Crosby was 20 for 33 (61 percent).

-Giroux was 10 for 15 (67 percent).

-van Riemsdyk led the game with four blocked shots.

-Lovejoy led the Penguins with three.

-Letang passed up Dean Prentice for 87th place on the team's all-time scoring list. Letang has 90 points to Prentice' 89.

-Kennedy passed up Darius Kasparaitis for 92nd place. Each player has 83 points, but Kennedy (40) has more goals than Kasparaitis (15).

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

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