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Win as a Team, Lose as a Team

malkinWin as a team, lose as a team.  Hockey is very often a game of mistakes and today the Penguins made their fair share.   Just as we want to praise Fleury when he leads us to a victory, Sunday afternoon he led us to defeat.  Yes, others had a hand in the loss.  A review of the Flyer goals —

Goal #1  Guerin loses his man at the blue line and Carter walks in alone.  Carter makes a nice move to score.

Goal #2  A power play goal by the Flyers.  First of many awful decisions by the referees.  Staal gets raked across the face twice and somehow gets called for holding.  Richards scores a goal between Fleury’s legs, one he should have stopped. 

Goal #3  This one was the killer.  Pens had the game even at 2 and couldn’t ride the wave.  Fleury lets a terrible rebound loose, and for one of the few times Staal forgets his responsibility and leaves Geroux alone in front. 

Goal #4  A short hander by Gagne.  A power play here and the Pens are back even.  Instead Gonchar misplays the puck behind Fleury and Guerin leaves Gagne alone in front.  Three Penguins and two Flyers near the goal and they leave Gagne open. 

Goal #5  A fourth line goal for the Flyers.  Fleury had a chance to cover the puck early in the sequence and didn’t.  Then he didn’t get over quick enough to get into position to stop the shot. 

Goal #6  The empty-netter.  Just icing on the cake for the Flyers. 

Final tallies — Gonchar and Staal each -3. 

As time ran down at the end of the game I was hoping the Pens wouldn’t do anything stupid like the Flyers did at the end of game one.  They don’t.  They just skate the puck around in their own end and with three seconds left, Aaron Ashem cheap shots Letang and went laughing to the Flyer bench.  That will be their last laugh.  The Pens still lead the series 2-1, and I believe they will still win it in five.  This loss just gives the home fans the chance to watch the handshakes on home ice Thursday night.

That’s the view from E-11.

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  1. GotMalkin's Gravatar GotMalkin
    April 20, 2009 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    On a side note, no one seemed to mention how influential the Kunitz/Timmonen hit was on the outcome of this game. While it was awesome, and I mean awesome in the sense that I was watching the game alone and screamed Oh *$#@ loud enough for my entire apartment to hear, it consequently sent letang and kunitz to the box during two crucial powerplays. I guess we saw what happens on the PP without those two around (i.e. Eaton as the next best option on D.) Lets keep them both out of the box, and on the score sheet and not give the Flyers the key penalty box match-up swaps they are looking for.

  2. Darius K's Gravatar Darius K
    April 20, 2009 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I know that Sykora has not been producing, but I don’t know if Satan is the answer. He has not been a strong playoff performer and he has not played at the NHL level for a long time. It would be hard to expect him to do much. Unless Sykora is hurt, I should think he will break out.

  3. GotMalkin's Gravatar GotMalkin
    April 20, 2009 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Adversity is not a bad thing. Of course we all wanted to rout the Flyers, but I love watching the Pens bounce back, and that’s pretty much been the theme of this year’s team, hasn’t it? We all new Wachovia would be tough, and my goodness is that orange just an awful color to have to wear if you’re a hockey fan. It makes all the redheads in the crowd stand out, which Hartnell must love. No way can Philly win 3 out of 4 with 3 more games in the ‘burgh. When both teams play their best game, the Pens shine through. As a side note, right now Malkin looks like a god among men on the ice, a good look for him. Its about time to see if Satan can play better than Sykora of late, not a tall task really.

    Go Pens!
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  4. PENZRGR8's Gravatar PENZRGR8
    April 20, 2009 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    As I stated in another post. Losses like this will show the true character of the Pens. I was hoping for one of two, so as long as we win the next one, I am fine.

    GO PENS!


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