Penguins at Flyers - 03-18-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


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-Greetings from a not so sunny day in Philadelphia. It's foggy, dank and chilly. The CoreStates Center First Union Center Wachovia Center Wells Fargo Center:

-A few folks, including a Mario Lemieux fan are piled up at the fence looking down on the area where the players park:

-The ice:

-The Flyers need everyone to know which laundry bin is their's apparently:

-We'll have our photos up in due time. More wireless issues.

-There are more than few friendlies here today. A few Evgeni Malkin fans are embedded with the enemy:

-Billy Guerin:

-Mario Lemieux:

-Mario Lemieux Team Canada:

-Paul Martin:

-Sidney Crosby is still popular:

-A few Terrible Towels:

-A complicated relationship:

-Jaromir Jagr in Penguins form:

-And Flyers form:

-And in Czech form:

-Two brave Penguins fans throwing their lives away by venturing up to the wild west 200 level:

-The comings and goings of the Wells Fargo Center:

-This fan of Bruins forward Brad Marchand isn't trying ot make any friends



-Former Flyers and Penguins forward Dave Schultz:

-Former Penguin Maxime Talbot:

-Former Flyers forward and Plum native (No really!) R.J. Umberger:

-Roman Chechmanek:

-Evgeni Malkin is as popular as ever here:

-As is Sidney Crosby:

-The mayor of Philadelphia is here apparently:

-T-Shirt of the Day: Nordiques:

-Jersey of the Day: Rick Tocchet:

-Warm ups:

-The Penguins' starters are Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik and Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Their scratches are Dustin Jeffrey, Brent johnson, Ben Lovejoy, Richard Park and the great Joe Vitale.

-Vitale appeared to have a wrap or brace or something on his right shoulder this morning.

-The Flyers' starters are Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Jakub Voracek, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossman and Ilya Bryzgalov.

-Their scratches are Pavel Kubina, Andreas Lilja, Andrej Meszaros and Maxime Talbot.

-The national anthem:


19:30: It took 30 seconds for "Crosby Sucks" chants to start. They're getting rusty here.

18:44: Sidney Crosby take the ice for his first shift with Cooke and Kennedy. Boos rain down.

18:21: Crosby pushes the puck up the right wing too boos.

18:12: Kennedy chucks a heavy wrister on net form the slot. Bryzgalov fights it off with a thud.

17:42: Simmonds zips up the right wing, cuts twoards the slot and whips awrister wide of thecage.

16:47: Jagr takes a pass of the left wing from Grossman, motors towards th ent and lifts a wrister near side from the left circle. Fleury eats it up.

15:55: Evgeni Malkin cycles around the right wing corner and flings abackhanded pass to Kunitz at the top of the slot. Kunitz snaps off a wrister which Bryzgalov fights off.

14:59: Jagr tries to rush the puck up the right wing but is thumped into the boards and off the puck by Kris Letang.

14:50: Cooke spins and whips a wrister on net. Bryzgalov fights it off.

13:01: Matt Niskanen drops Couturier with a hit at the Penguins' blue line.

12:55: Malkin takes a pass in the right circle and rips a wrister which is off the mark.

12:32: Carle flings a wrister from the right poitn on net. Fleury fights it off.

12:06: The Penguins get a little loose in their own zone and that creates a quality scoring chance. Matt Read has the puck in the right circle and whips a wriste the far side which glances off the post.

10:30: Manning pounds a slapper from the left point through traffic and on net. Fleury fights it off. Eric Wellwood is on the doorstep and chops the rebound wide.

9:47: Voracek races up the right wing, gets a little space and snaps off a wrister from the boards. Fleury fights it off. Voracek jumps ont he rebound and taps it wide of the age.

8:50: Crosby starts a shift off a faceoff with Cooke and Jordan Staal.

7:48: Malkin tries to hit Kunitz with a pass on the left wing wall. Before Kunitz can accept it and enter the zone, Grossman goes stick on puck and knocks it away.

6:39: What a shift by Adams. A few seconds after he runs over Simmonds on the left wing boards of the Penguins zone, Letang cranks a slapper from the right point. Adams is in front on  a screen and re-directs it the puck down onto the ice. It hits off the left skate of Manning and skids by the left leg of Bryzgalov. A playoff-quality shift by Adams there. Letang and Dupuis get assists. The Penguins fans offer a healthy cheer. Penguins 1-0.

5:06: Carle is called for interference against Dupuis. Malkin, Neal, Crosby, Malkin and Letang take the ice.

4:55: Letang whips a wrister on net from th eleftr. Bryzglov makes the inital save. Kunitz hacks at the rebound. Bryzgalov holds it out.

4:25: Letang has the puck stripped at the right point by Read. Read pushes it up the left wing through the neutral zone and attacks the net. Before he can get a shot off, Letang catches up, thumps him and knocks the puck away. Read crashes into Fleury and dislodges the net. Great recovery by Letang.

3:48: Malkin makes a rush into the offensive zone, dekes forehand/backhand/forehand while twisting Grossman around and flings a wrister from the slot wide to the left of the cage.

3:37: Crosby snaps off a wrister from the left circle. It hits a body in front.

3:29: Crosby chops a quick one-timer from the right of the cage. Brzygalov denies him with a tough save.

3:06: The Carle minor is killed. The Penguins generated a few chances.

2:55: Carle hustles up the right wing, pull up in the faceoff circle and whips a wrister on net. Fleury says no.

2:28: Timonen is nabbed for cross checking Cooke. That's two minutes. Another power play for the Penguins. Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Neal and Kunitz take the ice.

2:18: Malkin has the puck stripped at the left point. Couturier pusesh it up ice ona  two-one onw with Read. Letang husles back, sldies down and blocks Couturier's pass to Read. Malkin owes Fleury a beer.

1:58: Letang fires a slapper from the left point. Coburn blocks it while losing his stick.

1:14: A slapper by Kennedy at the right point is blocked by Wellwood.

0:28: The Penguins' power play expires. A decidedly poorer effort.

0:00: End of period. As the horn sounds. Arron Asham mixes it up with a handful of Flyers in the Penguins' right wing corner. Nothing comes of it. Penguins 1, Flyers 0.


-The Penguins really rebounded well after a poor start to the period. The Flyers controlled play for the first 7-8 minutes and had the bulk of quality scoring chances. The Penguins evened things out and controlled the last half of the period.

-That said, having two power plays aided the Penguins a great deal.

-More of the same from Crosby. He looks very involved but hardly spectacular.

-In all fairness, neither team has don't much we would label as spectacular. It's a kind of quiet, stale afternoon game.

-Bothe goaltenders have been sharp. Fleury has to stop a few tough one easly. He allowed a few rebounds but nothing earth-shattering.

-Bryzgalov has been strong on both of the Penguins' power plays. There was no way he could have stopped the Adams goal.

-The Penguins have a 17-8 lead in shots.

-Kunitz, Kennedy and Malkin each lead the game with three shots.

-None of the Flyers have more than one.

-Coburn leads the games with 9:23 of ice time.

-Malkin leads the Penguins with 8:34.

-The Flyers control faceoffs, 12-7 (63 percent).

-Couturier is 4 for 5 (80 percent).

-Crosby is 4 for 7 (57 percent).

-Coburn leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Martin leads the Penguins with two.


17:50: Kennedy hustles off the right wing boards and chucks a backhander on net from the slot. Bryzgalov locates it through traffic and knocks it dead.

16:44: Adams jabs a little forehand shot from the left circle. Brzygalov gloves it.

12:57: After a few minutes of stagnant play, Michalek controls the puck in front of the Flyers' bench. He snaps off a pass to the blue line for Cooke. Cooke takes the pass, enters the offensive zone and pulls up as xx engages him. Cooke deals a pass to Crosby trailing on the right wing. Crosby uncorks a heavy one-timer which Bryzgalov reads all the way and fights off. Great passing.

10:48: Staal takes a shift on Crosby's right wing with Sullivan the left wing.

10:10: Jagr caries the puck in the neutral zone and he is simply blasted into the boards on a hit by Letang. Letang may have left his feet. Either way, what a hit.

9:58: Play is halted. Rinaldo tries to get Letang to start something at the Penguins' blue line. Hartnell barges into the confrontation. Letang appears to trip Hartnell. Hartnell falls back and swings his stick up. It whack Rinaldo in the face. Hartnell gets up and goes after Martin for some reason. RInaldo head to the dressing room with a towel on his face. What a sequence. Letang gets a double minor for roughing. Hartnell and Rinaldo each get roughing minors.

5:49: All off the minors expire.

5:21: After another stretch of stagnant play, Jagr booms a one-timer from above the left circle wide to the far side.

5:07: Kunitz is nabbed for cross checking Giroux. Cooke, Staal, Orpik and take the ice.

4:46: Giroux races up the right wing and whips a wrister wide through the crease.

3:11: Letang controls the puck and lofts it down ice to kill off the rest of Kunitz's penalty. Great effort by the Penguins. They allowed on official shot.

2:22: Wellwood appears to get haulde down int he Penguins' crease. No call.

0:53: Wow. Just wow. Malkin takes a pass in the right wing corner. Giroux bodies up on him. Malkin shields Giroux away from the puck with his back, spins off Giroux and attacks the crease. He keeps the puck, moves it across the front of the blue pain and tucks it under the right leg of Bryzgalov. Wow. What skill. Letang gets an assist.

0:30: Michalek is nabbed for slashing Voracek. Tough time to take a penalty, Adams, Staal,

009: Voracek chops a slapper on net from above the left circle. Fleury eats it up despite a screen by Simmonds.

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


-What a dominant period, particularly on defense by the Penguins. The Flyers barely had sniff at the net and they could only muster a few shots. In fact, they only had two that period.

-Don't give the Penguins too much credit. The Flyers are playing bad. They're missing a ton of healthy bodies and they have a notorious streak of bad numbers during day games.

-Crosby had probably his least impressive period during this latest comeback.

-Bryzgalov was pretty strong once again. He has not been the problem today for the Flyers.

-The Penguins lead in shots, 27-10.

-Kunitz leads the game with six.

-Voracek and Giroux each lead the Flyers with two.

-Coburn leads the game with 17:03 of ice time.

-Malkin leads the Penguins with 14:52.

-The Penguins have a 19-14 edge in faceoffs (58 percent).

-Couturier is 5 for 7 (71 percent).

-Crosby is 7 for 10 (70 percent).

-Coburn leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Martin and Letang each lead the Penguins with two.


20:00: The Flyers will have 1:30 of a power play on fresh ice. Staal, Martin, Cooke and Orpik take the ice.

19:29: The Flyers break through. Timonen takes a pass at the top of the slot, survesy the offensive zone and chops a slapper which glines through traffic and blwoy by Flyers' glvoe hand. Fleury couldn't see a thing past Simmonds. Great screen. The Flyers are back in this. Giroux and Voracek get assists. It counts as a power play goal. Penguins 2-1.

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17:31: Another chance for the Penguins as Malkin is called for hooking Couturier. Staal,  Adams, Orpik and Michalek take teh ice.

17:26: Off the faceoff, Timonen chops a slapper from the left point wide of the cage.

16:43: Wow. Just wow! What a save. Briere controls the puck in the right circle and slides a cross ice pass to Voracek in the left circle. Voracek drops the hammer on a big one-timer. Fleury kicks it out with his left leg. Wow!

15:51: Letang lobs a wrister on net from the left point. Bryzgalov smothers it.

15:12: Just like that it's a tie game. Giroux fakes a one-timer from the top of the slot and deals a pass to Hartnell down low along the goal line on the right wing. Hartnell controls the puck, gets Fleury to commit down low and lifts a seemingly impossible wrister over the left shoulder of Fleury and under the cross bar. What a shot. Giroux and Simmonds get assists. Flyers 2, Penguins 2.

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13:25: Giroux circle above the left circle and lobs a wrister towards the net. Jagr deflects it down. Fleury eats it up.

11:55: Voracek challenges Niskanen one-on-one in the crease. Voracek uses every trick i his back to deke around and through Niskanen but Niskane holds his ground and prevends a shot. Great play by Niskanen

11:25: Giroux deals a pass from the right wing corner to the slot. Wellwood chops it on net. Fleury makes the save Brayden Schenn chops at the rebound Fleury holds it out. The Flyers have taken over this game.

7:21: After a few stagnant minutes of play, Malkin takes another penalty. This time for elbowing Voracek in on the right wing wall of the neutral zone. Big two mintues.  Michalek, Orpik, COoke and Staal take the ice.

7:17: Off the faceoffs, Voracek guns a one-timer from the slot. Fleury kicks it out.

6:05: Michalek chops a clear from the left circle down ice to kill some time.

5:04: Malkin leans down and blocks a shot from Giroux in the left circle. Malkin goes down like a brick in pain. As he struggles, a scum devlops on the near the Penguins' bench. Hartnell gets popped in the face and falls like he was shot with a cannon. Athletic trainer Chris Stewart attends to Malkin. Kunitz and Hartnell just won't let it go and the stage a roman-Greco wrestling match. Both linesmen struggle to keep them away from each other.  Neal and Kunitz get roughing minors. Hartnell gets a two minors. One for slashing and one for roughing.

4:40: After anicing call, the Flyers take a timeout.

4:17: Off a pass from Crosby, Kennedy snaps off awrister form the left circle wide of the cage. It hits something deflects out of play.

1:40: Giroux guns a wobbly one-timer from above the left circle which Fleury gloves. Tough save.

1:14: Dupuis guns a slapper from th slot. Bryzglaov fights it off.

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


-The Penguins lead in shots, 38-24.

-In the third period alone, the Flyers had a 14-11 lead in shots.


4:26: After Letang's shot is blocked, Letang and Cubrmixeit up after a stoppage. Coburn gives Letang a shot to the face. Letang cross checks him. Both players head to the penalty box. Three on three.

3:44: With acres of ice to work with, Crosby zips into the offensive zone on the right wing and whips a wrister on net. Bryzgalov nocks it dead.

3:02: Malkin circles around the net and flips a bachander at the cage from the left circle. It hits something and hops over the cage.

2:37: Giroux snaps off a wrister from the top of the slot. Martin blocks it out of play.

2:30: Briere booms a slapper from above the right circle. Fleury eats it up. The Penguins take a time out to get a breather.

2:15: Crosby races up the right wing, twists inside Carle and flings a wrister from the slot wide to the right side of the cage.

2:06: End to end hockey. Giroux pushes the puck into the offensive zone and leaves a drop pass for Hartnell who jabs a quick shot on net. Fleury eats it up.

1:10: On a two-on-one for the Flyers, Letang springs from the Flyers' blue line to his own blue line to help break it up. Wow!

0:01: Wow! What a shot. Briere works his way into the offensive zone on the left wing and taps a drop pass to Coburn. Coburn leaves the puck for Hartnell who picks it up in the slot. Hartnell grips and rips a sick wrister which beats Fleury by his left skate. End of game. Flyers 3, Penguins 2.


-The Penguins let this one slip away. They had two points. They had a tie for the divison and conference lead with the Rangers and they fouled up.

-The biggest reason for this loss was how the Flyers antagonised the Penguins into taking several penalties. Even if it didn't result in a power play for the Flyers, it slowed the pace down and helped the Flyers in that regard. The Penguins all admitted they were goaded into taking penalties. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette not only admitted it was a strategy his team had to employ, he also said "We needed to do that." Give the Flyers credit, they got inside the Penguins' heads and pulled out a win as a result.

-In that sense, this can be seen as a "satisfying" loss which the Penguins if such a thing exists. They had more of an impact on this defeat than the Flyers.

-Looking at the big picture, the Penguins just took five out of six points on a tough road trip against tough divisional opponents. This was a successful stretch of games.

-Ilya Bryzgalov was a big part of this win. He made several tough saves in the second period which prevented the Penguins from taking a three-goal lead.

-The Penguins power play could have taken advantage of two chances it had in the first period but did not. It remains a work in progress with Sidney Crosby back.

-The Penguins were absolutely dominating this game in the second period. They didn't allow the Flyers to get a shot on net for a stretch of over 18 minutes.

-The penalty by Zbynek Michalek at the end of the second period proved to be a killer. The Flyers took the power play to the third period and really started their comeback there.

-James Neal was rather quiet today.

-Sidney Crosby's minutes increased today to 17:37 but he was really limited in what he could do in the third period given all the penalties the Penguins had to kill. Once he got into overtime and got to play in that three-on-three situation, he really got a chacne to do a few things.

-Kris Letang had his strong game of the trip. In addition to two assists, he was a beast in his own end defensively.

-As much as you might not want to admit it, Scott Hartnell is a pretty talented player. He has a scoring touch. The two goals he netted today proved that. It's just all the other extra "stuff" to his game that overshadows all of it.

-The Penguins led in shots, 40-27.

-Chris Kunitz led the game with eight shots.

-Letang had six.

-Arron Asham, Eric Tangradi, Deryk Engelland and Brooks Orpik were the only Penguins skaters who failed to record an official shot on net.

-Jakub Voracek led the Flyers with six.

-Coburn led the game with 26:00 of ice time.

-Brooks Orpik led the Penguins with 25:40.

-The Flyers led in faceoffs, 36-27 (57 percent).

-Daniel Briere was 9 for 14 (65 percent).

-Crosby was 11 for 21 (52 percent).

-Coburn and Paul Martin each led the game with four blocked shots.

-Staal had his career-best 10-game winning streak snapped.

-The Penguins had their 11-game winning streak snapped.

-Evgeni Malkin now has 199 career goals.

-Orpik (574) passed up Dave Burrows (573)  for seventh place on the all-time games played list for the Penguins.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

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