There is nothing better than watching the Flyers get beat and lower themselves to the thugs that they are. They took so many bad penalties that even their captain questioned their tactics.
I would like to ask Scott Hartnell a couple of questions. How does it feel to sneak up behind a player, punch him in the back of the head, and then run away? And do you really think that this will help you win the game?
There are 5 seconds left in the game. Face-off at center ice. 3 Flyers are already in the penalty box for cheap shots. Your name is Danny Carcillo. What do you do? Punch Max Talbot in the back of the head. These actions are all done to send a message for game 2. What is the message? We know that we can’t win the hockey game so we are going to intimidate you with stupidity. Not going to work. The better team won game one and the better team will win the series.
The Flyers won 2 cups in the 70’s as the Broad Street Bullies and have been trying to win a 3rd one using the same tactics ever since, What they fail to realize is that they won those cups because Bernie Parent was by far the best goalie in the NHL at that time. Great goalies lead teams to victories, not cheap shots.
Enough rambling about the Flyers lack of class. The play of the Penguins was outstanding. It is very hard to single out one key to the victory, because it was a total team victory. Kunitz, Orpik, Cooke, and Adams with many clean body checks. My favorite was Kunitz hit on Richards that sent him crying all the way to the bench. The speed of the Pens forwards against the Flyers defense was at times overwhelming. The big boys 71 and 87 a goal and an assist each. Fleury was solid in net. But I will pick a key. Jordan Stall and his line mates Cooke and Kennedy. The Flyers broadcast team called Staal a horse on skates, a thoroughbred. I don’t believe the Flyers have an answer for big No. 11. He is a powerful man.
He will continue to play as he did down the stretch and in game 1. The Pens will be in good shape for game 2 on Friday night. I can’t wait.
That’s the view from E-11