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Flyers at Penguins - Game 2 - 04-13-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

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-Greetings from:

-It's a nice, sunny, mild day here in Pittsburgh. It's in the 60s. It's a perfect evening to watch the game outside with a few thousand friends:

-These guys came prepared with a leather couch:

-The now infamous @ConsolBears are back:

-Some fans hanging outside are dressed in white. Martin Straka:

-Mario Lemieux:

-Grant Jennings:

-The barn:

-The ice:

-The rink:

-They have smoke machines up and running right now:

-If you're wondering where the cameras are mapped out in Consol Energy Center, here you go:

-Another team centric cover to Icetime:

-Some sights around the arena. Noted fan Cy "Malkamania" Clark is here with a jersey foul we'll look the other way on:

-A few PennDot workers apparently got tickets:

-The F-13 sign guy has his signs:

-A fitting jersey for the birthday boy, Sergei Gonchar:

-Another good 55 from the blue line, Larry Murphy:

-Ben Lovejoy has a fan here too:

-So does former Flyers/Penguins goaltender Ken Wregget:

-If you wear a Craig Adams t-shirt jersey, we'll post it:

-Fans walking in off Centre Avenue:

-Fans walking in off Fifth Avenue:

-Fans heading up to the 200 level:

-This isn't the best photo, but here are the fans outside:

-The Civic Arena site:

-The towels being given out:

-James Neal and Kris Letang all-star:

-Marc-Andre Fleury Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:

-Johan Hedberg:

-Jaromir Jagr still has a "fan" here:

-Kevin Stevens:

-Jersey of the Night: Syl Apps, Jr.:

 

-Warm ups:

-The Penguins' starters are Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis, Steve Sullivan, Deryk Engelland, Paul Martin and Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Engelland and Martin together to start? Hmmm...

-Their scratches are Dustin Jeffrey, Matt Niskanen, Richard Park, Brian Strait and Eric Tangradi.

-The Flyers starters are Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Maxime Talbot, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossman and Ilya Bryzgalov.

-Their scratches are Marc-Andre Bourdon and Jody Shelley.

-Jeff Jimerson gets to his game:

FIRST PERIOD

19:45: The Penguins getting off to a fast start against the Flyers? No way. Engelland collects a puck behind his net and play sit up the right wing boards to Dupuis Dupus slides it on to Crosby who gains the blue line, blows by Matt Carle in the right circle and taps a pass to Sullivan in the left circle. Sullivan one-touches it back to Crosby who whips it right by Bryzgalov for an early goal. This place explodes in noise. Bryzgalov pulls out an old Chris Osgood trick and adjusts his equipment to break up some of the momentum. Veteran move. Fans boo but this place is still jumping. Sullivan and Dupuis get assists. Engelland could make a case. The Flyers tried to dump the puck in behidn the Penguins' net and make a quick change. Engelland red the play beautifully and got it back up ice. The "Woo-Hoo!" song is played. Penguins 1-0.

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19:20: Scott Hartnell pushes his way up the right wing and whips a wrister on from the right circle. Fleury eats it up.

18:50: Martin is back with Letang.

17:56: Engelland chases after a puck behind his net Daniel Briere gives chase. Engelland spins off the hit and manages to send Briere crashing into the boards Oof.

16:43: Letang drives a slapper from the left point into a clust of bodies. Staal settles the rebound and whips the rebound wide of the net.

15:19: Andreas Lilja backhand flips a puck from his won zone to the neutral zone for Eric Wellwood. All that does is set up Orpik for a big  hit as he dumps Wellwood hard. Nice hospital pass by Lilja.

14:45: Adams chips and chases a puck from hithe netral zone. Lilja goes back to play it. He chips it around the boards out of danger but gets dropped by Adams in the right wing corner for his troubles.

14:33: Lovejoy slides a pass from the right point to Engelland as the left point. Engelland whacks a one-timer well wide of the cage.

13:48: Off a faceoff win in the right circle by  Malkin, Martin taps a pass from the right wing boards to Letang at the right point. Letang chops a one-timer which Bryzgalov kicks out.

13:06: Dupuis pounds a slapper wide.

12:00: Jordan Staal, Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke are once again matched up against the Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, Scott Hartnell line.

11:26: The Penguins get the first power play. Grossman is called for hooking Grossman. Sidney Crosby is not on the first power play unit. It's Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Letang and Sullivan.

10:33: And the Crosby-less power play works. Neal battles off a check from Grioux in the right wing circle and centers a pass to the slot. Kunitz is there is there all alone and whacks it by the right skate of Bryzgalov. Time to trade Crosby we guess. Neal and Malkin get assists. Stop us if this sounds familiar. The Flyers call a timeout after falling down 2-0.The "Woo-Hoo!" song double shifts. Penguins 2-0.

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10:18: The Penguins go offsides. Asham and Simmonds mix it up a bit in the left wing corner of the Flyers' zone. Nothing comes of it.

10:10: Lilja plays a puck int his right wing corner and is run over by Dupuis for his troubles. The Penguins are keeping the physical play up.

9:14: Kennedy snaps off a wrister from the left circle. Bryzgalov eats it up despite a screen.

9:05: Grossman trips up Neal in the right wing corner. Play is halted. Malkin and Hartnell mix it up in the corner. Fans respond with a "HARTNELL SUCKS!" chants. Grossman is called for holding Neal. Malkin, Kunitz, Neal, Letang and Sullivan take the ice.

8:51: The Fleury and Letang fumble a pass behind their own net. It results in a wrister by Talbot from the right circle. Fleury kicks it out.

8:35: Kunitz zips up the middle of the ice through the neutral zone and blows by all four Flyers defenders. He creates a minibreakaway and snaps off a low wrister. Bryzglov kicks it out.

8:15: Letang chops a slapper form the right point wide.

7:37: WOW. WOW. WOW. Martin taps a pass to Crosby at the left half wall. Crosby controls it and slides a pass to Letang on the back door. Letang hesitates for about 49 minutes before he finally releases a wrister on a seemingly wide open net. Bryzgalov is able to stretch to his left and ROBS letang with an amazing glove save. WOW! Afterwards, Read dumps Letang in the right wing corner. A scrum ensues. Both Read and Letang head to the penalty box. Read for roughing Letang for tripping. A bogus make up call there. It remains five on four.

7:16: And the Flyers are back in it. Imagine that. Crosby fumbles the puck at the right point. That allows Giroux to race up ice shorthanded while fending off a defender in the slot. He shoots low but is denied by Fleury. Giroux and Fleury make contact and Fleury slides out of position. That allows Talbot to follow up on the play and punch it into the wide open cage. What a sequence. Fans boo. Giroux gets the only assist. Penguins 2-1.

5:40: The great Joe Vitale sneaks up the right wing wall and snap off a wrister. Bryzgalov eats it up.

5:11: Crosby chips and chases a puck at the red line down ice. Carle holds him up. No call.

4:28: Kennedy chips a wrister on net from the right half wall. Bryzgalov steers it away

4:24: Jagr taps a pass from the right wall to Giroux in the right circle. Grioux chops a one-timer wide to the far side.

3:26: Rinaldo chips a puck down ice form his own blue line on the left wing wall and BOOM! Letang drops him with a beauty of hip check. Rinaldo almost lands on his head. He loses his stick, recovers to hsi sskates and sprints to the bench. Thankfully, he appears fine.

2:30: Voracek lifts a little wrister from the left circle. Fleury fights it off.

1:16: Malkin pounds a slapper from the above the right circle. Bryzgalov holds it out.

1:10: Rinaldo and Couturier each chip at Malkin after the shot. Rinaldo trips him down then pins him to the ice. No call.

0:17: Occupy Paul Martin. Crosby races up the left wing, cuts toward the slot and leaves a drop pass for Martin. Martin takes the pass, fends off  poke check and rips a wrister by the blocker of Brygalov. Paul. Martin. Score. A. Playoff. Goal. Even the "Woo-Hoo!" song can't believe it. Crosby and Dupuis get assists. Penguins 3-1.

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0:00: End of period. Penguins 3, Flyers 1.

FIRST INTERMISSION

-What a wild and crazy and fun period of hockey. That was as entertaining a 20 minutes of hockey as you'll ever see. There was hitting, scoring, saves, villians, heroes and everything else. What a display.

-The Penguins did a good job of preventing the Flyers from getting five on five chances. Very few of the Flyers' shots were clean.

-So far so good for this "new" Crosby-less power play.

-The physical tone of this game has been impressive. Neither team is holding back.

-Bryzgalov actually looked better in this first period than dhe did in the first period of Wednesday game.

-The Penguins have doled out the ice time at a much more even pace thus far than they did Monday. Engelland 4:42) and Lovejoy (5:03) are well ahead of the pace they had Wednesday.

-This game is hardly over. After seeing the Flyers come back multiple times, we should all realize this.

-The Penguins have an 11-7 lead in shots.

-Giroux leads the game with four.

-Kunitz and Letang each lead the Penguisn with two.

-Braydon Coburn leads the game with 8:46 of ice time.

-Orpik leads the Penguisn with 7:58.

-The Penguins lead in faceoffs, 14-9 (61 percent).

-Malkin is 6 for 7 (86 percent).

-Giroux is 5 for 7 (71 percent).

-Grossman leads the game with four blocked shots.

-None of the Penguins have recorded a blocked shot.

SECOND PERIOD

18:07: The Penguins get the first power play of the period as Rinaldo hooks up Engelland through the neutral zone. Letang, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz and Sullivan take the ice.

17:36: Malkin collects a puck and tries to jam in a backhander from the left of the cage. Brzygalov holds it out.

17:27: Neal whips a wrister from the right half wall. Bryzgalov punches it away.

17:06: Malkin digs out a puck from the left wing corner and slidse a pass to Neal in the left circle Neal whips a one-timer on net. Bryzgalov gloves it. Cooke, Staal, Crosby and Martin join Letang on the second power play.

16:51: Couturier blocks a slapper by Letang from the top of the slot.

16:34: Letan has a wrister from the right circle blocked by Grossman.

16:07: Rinaldo leaves the box. The Penguins generated some solid chances there.

16:03: And the Flyers go on the power play. Crosby sets a pick on Grossman in the right wing corner to try and give Cooke some space. Grossman falls to the ice. That's two minutes for interference. Legit call. Dupuis, Adams, Michalek and Orpik take the ice.

15:32: As Adams struggles without a stick, Voracek lifts a wrister from the left circle. Fleury knocks it dead and covers.

15:21: Timonen pops a slapper form the top of the slot wide of the cage.

15:03: Giroux sneaks a pass from the left wing through the slot to Voracek in the right circle. Voracek has a clean look at the net but fumbles the pass.

14:49: And the Flyers bury their chance. Voracek makes a nifty move by a sliding Orpik in the right circle and deals a deft backhanded pass to Giroux in the right circle. Giroux rips a wrister which sneaks between Fleury's right arm and his body. What a play by Voracek. Orpik was abused on that play.Voracek and Timonen get assists. Penguins 3-2.

13:17: Couturier backhands a pass up ice to Talbot. Talbot gets behind the Penguins defense and races in on his friend Fleury on a breakaway. He shoots low. Fleury kicks it out. Huge save.

12:48: Dupuis grips and rips a wrister from the right circle wide.

12:35: ROBBERY. Dupuis collects a puck in the left wing corner and deals to Sullivan all alone in the slot. Sullivan puts a few moves on Bryzgaloz but can't put a wrister by his paddle.

11:43: Giroux chase a puck down int he right wing corner and deals a pass to Lilja at the left point. Lilja drives a one-timer which Fleury steers away.

10:37: Malkin takes a pass the Fleyrs blue line and challenges Grossman one-on-one. He fends off a stick check and chops a sloppy back ander aon net. Bryzgalov holds it out.

9:26: Simmond controls the puck in the neutral zone. Adams simply runs him over and takes the puck away. Dang.

9:07: Engelland drives aone-timer from the left half wall. Bryzglov eats it up. Schenn knocks over Crosby. That's interference. Malkin, Neal, Kunitz, Letang and Sullivan take the ice.

8:56: Geez. You got to beidding. The Penguins power play fails again. Talbot psus the puck up tice on the right wing. he deals pass to Giroux. Giroux deals it back. From the right circle, Talbot leaves a drop pass for Giroux again. Giroux rips a wrister biwhc blows by Fleuryg blcoerk and lcunks into the net off the far post. What an effort by the Flyers. The Penguins looked completely lost there. Talbot get the only assist. He could make a case for two. Flyers 3, Penguins 3.

8:50: What. A. Wild. Game. The Penguins get it right back. Malkin wins the faceoff an pushes it by Giroux in the neutral zone past the blue line. He spins and feeds a backhanded pass to Neal in the right circle. neal guns aone-timer. Bryzglov makes the save but kicsk otu a rebound to Kunitz in the left circle. Kunitz plunks it into the open net  The "Woo-Hoo!" song is played. This game needs Ritalin. Neal and Malkin get assists. Penguins 4-3.

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8:38: Simmonds lifts a wrister from the right wing. FLeury gloves it. Martina nd Letang give Simmonds grief.

8:25: Michalek snaps off a wrister from the right point juuuust wide to the far side.

8:08: Carle punches quick shot on net from the right cirlc.e Fleury kicks it out.

6:36: Letang whacks a puck out of play from the defnesive zone. That's delay of game. Dupuis, Staal, Michalek and Orpik take the ice. Attendance is announced as 18,626. It is the team's 253rd consecutive sellout.

5:40: Off a nifty pass from the left wing corner, Voracek snaps off a wrister from the right circle. Fleury kicks it out with his left leg.

4:39: Jagr takes a pas from behind the net and flicks a backhander on net. Fleury holds it out.

4:36: The Penguins kill off Letang's minor. That was huge.

3:20: Neal snaps off a wrister from the right half wall which Coburn blocks with a stick on puck.

1:29: Schenn chases after a puck in the left wing boards of his own zone. As he chisp it up ice, Neal simply flips him into the air with a beauty of a hip check. Schenn's skates slam off the glass. He appears fine.as he lands on top of Neal.

0:03: And the Flyers make ever second count. Coburn chops a slapper from the right point. It hits off both of Orpiks' legs and deflects juuuust pas Fleury's right skate. It slides ro the right of the creas right to Couturier who punches in the easiest goal of his life. What a fortunate bounce at a lucky time. Coburn and Grossman get assists. Flyers 4, Penguins 4.

0:00: End of period. Flyers 4, Penguins 4.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-What a heart-stopper of game. This is one of the most bizarre but wildy entertaining playoff games we can ever recall.

-The crazy thing about this game is that neither goaltender is really playing all that poorly. There's just a ton of offensive talent on the ice.

-The Penguins' power play has been so hit or miss. It's scored two goals and it's allowed two shorthanded goals. What do you make out of that?

-How key have special teams been tonight?

-The Flyers have a 20-19 edge in shots.

-Giroux leads the game with seven shots.

-Kunitz and Neal each lead the Penguins with three.

-Orpik leads the game with 16:53 of ice time.

-Coburn leads the Flyers with 16:26.

-The Penguins control faceoffs, 26-19 (58 percent).

-Malkin is 8 for 10 (80 percent).

-Giroux is 9 for 16 (56 percent).

-Grossman leads the game with five blocked shots.

-Michalek and Orpik each lead the Penguisn with one.

THIRD PERIOD

19:22: Sullivan snaps off a wrister from the right wing. Bryzgalov shrugs it off with his blocker.

18:56: Tyler Kennedy. Playoff preformer. Cooke races after a puck in the left wing corner. He collects it and deals a pass to Kennedy in the left circle. Kennedy settles the puck and backhands it through the five hole of Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov looked completely shocked by that shot. Cooke and Staal get assists.The "Woo-Hoo!" song and the WWE "KENNEDY!" clip are played. Penguins 5-4.

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18:39: Dear lord. Eight seconds? Lovejoy simply biffs on a passing attempt from his own blue line and chips it right to Couturier. Couturier walks right in on net between Lovejoy and Engeland and lifts a wrister by the blocker of Fleury. What an ugly play by Lovejoy. The goal is unassisted. Lovejoy could make a case for one. Flyers 5, Penguins 5.

17:22: Timonen releases a wrister from the left circle. Letang blocks it and plays it up ice.

15:30: Asham chops a widle slapper from the right point. It hits somethin gfonrt. Adams chops it on net. Bryzgalov holds it out.

14:59: Kennedy booms a slapper from right point wide to the far side.

14:12: Couturier whacks a shot from the left point. Fleury eats it up. Talbot whacks at Fleury a bit. Letang gives Talbot a few shots. Talbot gives it back. Nothing comes of it.

13:37: Coburn chips a wrister on net from the right point. Fleury steers it away.

12:29: From the right poin. Giroux snaps off a wrister which Fleury kicks out of play.

11:54: Kunitz tries to jam in a shot from the right side of the cage but Simmonds poke checks it wide.

11:24: Staal runs over Carle in the left wing corner while chasing a puck.

11:12: Lovejoy makes amends for his turnover and blocks a one-timer by Couturier in the slot.

10:47: Wow. Just wow. Kubina chips a puck from the right point on net. Fleury boots it out. Jagr collects the rebound in front of the blue paint, spins off Lovejoy and whips a wrister by Fleury's left skate. What ugly play all around. Fleury can't allow that rebound. And Jagr abused Lovejoy there. Kubina and Giroux get assists. Flyers 6-5.

8:54: Neal gets a little co close to Bryzgalov after he freezes a puck. Talbot gives the business to Neal. Malkin skates over to protect Neal and shoves Talbot to the boards. Talbot socks him with a punch. No calls.

6:43: Dupuis gets away with a trip on Giroux in the defensive zone.

6:33: Grossman plays a puck out from behind his net but is dumped hard by Neal.

5:12 : Sullivan coasts in off the right wing and snaps of awrister from the circle. Bryzgalov kicks it out. There's a scramble for the rebound. The puck hops up like a pop fly and is gloved by Bryzgalov.

4:38: The Flyers are in chip and change mode. Giroux chips a puck into Fleury from the neutral zone and changes off to the bench.

4:14: Neal snaps off a wrister from above the left circle but his stick breaks. The puck skids in on net. Bryzgalov covers to freeze play.

4:04: Couturier snaps off a wrister from the left circle wide on the near side.

3:53: Orpik hammers Hartnell into the boards facing the Penguins' bench.

3:05: Letang chips a puck in from the left point deep. Coburn drops him into the boards.

2:39: Staal chops a quick one-timer from the lef circle. Bryzgalov gloves it.

1:57: After a crazy scramble near the crease, Neal pokes a loose puck to the left of the cage wide.

1:49: Game. Set. Match. Giroux coasts up the right wing on a two-on-one with Couturier against Letang. Letang slides down hoping for a block but Giroux is able to feed a pass to Couturier on the left wing who punches it by the right skate of a helpless Fleury. Just devastaing.  Giroux and Voracek get assists. The crowd heads to the exits.  Flyers 7-5.

1:30: Fleury is pulled for an extra attacker.

0:54: After the Flyers ice the puck again, the Penguins call a time out to get organized.

0:06: And the Flyers ice the game. Giroux chips in a putt of a goal from the slot into the open cage for one of us.:

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Couturier gets the only assist. Flyers 8-5.

0:00: End of game. Flyers 8, Penguins 5.

POSTGAME

-Watching this Penguins team over the past two games, we're reminded of the Bruce Boudreau Capitals. This team has all the skill in the world. But its defense is in shambles. The Flyers have routinely shredded this team's defense. They have exposed it as an absolutely vulnerability. The only difference between this defense and those Capitals' blue liners is the absence of Mike Green's faux hawk.

-We're not normally doom and gloom, but the Penguins will be lucky to avoid a sweep with this defense.

-The Penguins' defense is their version of the Death Star's thermal exhaust port. Except it's a lot bigger than a womp rat. More like a Bantha.

-Special teams were obviously key. The Penguins went 2 for 4 which is splendid, but the also managed to give up two shorthanded goals. Even if you dismiss the power-play goal the Flyers go, the Penguins' special teams can't be dismissed as anything but a failure.

-Could Marc-Andre Fleury have been better? Sure. But how do you realistically blame him for this game? How do you blame him for the defense's absolute implosion. How do you blame him for the power play giving up two excellent scoring chances to an all-star like Claude Giroux? How do you blame him for a puck deflecting TWICE off Brooks Orpik's legs and bouncing right to Sean Couturier with three seconds left? How do you blame him for Brooks Orpik swimming like a fish on Giroux's power play goal?

-Does Fleury deserve some blame? Absolutely. But to make him the sole focus of your blame is the height of ignorance.

-Evgeni Malkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2009 despite facing against the likes Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg - each annual candiates for the Selke Trophy - in the Stanley Cup Final that spring. Yet, he has been bottled up for the most part by rookie Sean Couturier. For the Penguins to do anything, regardless of their defensive issues, Malkin must get going.

-Couturier has been outstanding. Jaromir Jagr, who has been known to toss around fairly liberal comparisons to his former Penguins teammates, said Couturier's defensive game reminds him of Ron Francis.

-Wow.

-How bad was this defensive effort? Before tonight, the Penguins had allowed four hat tricks in their ENTIRE playoff history. Tonight, they allowed two.

-...

-Unreal.

-For the record, the other playoff hat tricks allowed by the Penguins were by Washington's Alex Ovechkin in 2009, Philadelphia's Andy Delmore in 2000, Chicago Dirk Graham and Washington's Dino Ciccarelli in 1992.

-The Penguins allowed their bottom pairing of Ben Lovejoy and Deryk Engelland to enjoy more ice time. That didnt' help matters at all. Lovejoy had a brutal third period. He had two plays which led to key goals. Couturier's goal to tie the game 5-5 just 1:21 into the period and he was beaten badly by Jagr for the eventual game winner at the 9:13 mark.

-Chris Kunitz managed to score two goals and was still a minus-5. How do you do that?

-The depth the Flyers have up front is staggering. In Game 1, their first line is shut down five-on-five. So the second line of Daniel Briere, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds steps up. In Game 2, their second line was held in check and their third-line center steps up in Couturier.

-Maxime Talbot was big tonight, particuarly on the penalty kill. His teams are now 12-1 when he scores a postseason goal.

-Ilya Bryzgalov was fine. His defense left him out to dry. Like in Game 1, he closed things up and gave his team chances to win. Dan Bylsma cites how Fleury can stop the "next goal." That's what Bryzgalov did tonight. Especially on that huge save he made against Kris Letang in first period.

-How eerie is it how the Flyers have managed to call timeouts after goign down 2-0 in multiple games against the Penguins and keep managing to come back?

-The Flyers led the game in shots, 31-28.

-Giroux had 10 shots. Huh?

-James Neal led the Penguins with five.

-Braydon Coburn led the game with 27:10 of ice time.

-Brooks Orpik led the Penguins with 24:49.

-The Penguins controlled faceoffs, 42-35 (55 percent).

-Malkin was 14 for 23 (61 percent).

-Couturier was 12 for 19 (63 percent).

-Grossman led the game with five blocked shots.

-None of the Penguins had more than one blocked shot.

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