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Flyers finally show their true colors or Anyone want to buy a broom cheap?

No matter the result of last night’s Game 4 between the Penguins and the Flyers at “Whatever the hell bank bought us this week” Arena, the Penguins would be coming back to Pittsburgh today either to get the golf clubs out of the closet or start preparing for Game 5 at the Consol Energy Center Friday night, and thanks to the arrival of the “Real” Philadelphia Flyers(And seriously, what took you guys so long to get here?), it is the latter.

Flyer fans showed up in full force last night all wearing their highly imaginative, Sidney Crosby comment inspired t-shirts 

and waving brooms as they anticipated sweeping the Penguins in four games, something which has never been done to Pittsburgh in a seven game series.  

Unfortunately, for the home fans and the home team, there was a sale on unused brooms outside the building following the debacle that was Game 4.  I’m not sure how or why it took them so long to finally get here, but the real Philadelphia Flyers finally showed up.  The ones that lead the league in penalty minutes all season, the ones that clutch, grab, dive like they’ve been hit by sniper fire and lead the league(Do not dispute this Flyer fans cuz ya know it’s true) in cheap shots after the whistle.  The impostor Flyers that showed up for Games 1 – 3 somehow had been able to sucker our flightless birds into doing exactly what they had done all season, and the Penguins paid for it dearly getting caught taking too many retaliatory penalties and giving up too many Power Play goals.

In the first 10 minutes of last night’s game, it looked like we were in for a repeat of Games 1 – 3 as the refs decided they were going to call this game closer to the vest than any of the previous ones.  Instantly Flyers were dropping to the ice at the slightest hint of contact. You would have thought that Claude Giroux had been lassoed by an John Wayne the way his head snapped back at the slightest touch of Steve Sullivan’s stick only 17 seconds into the game(Yes, it really was a high stick but the embellishment was worthy of an American Idol performance).  Well, it barely took Giroux a minute to shake off the effects of that “Shot to the head” to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead, something that had not happened in the previous three games.  Thirteen seconds later, Evgeni Malkin’s stick got caught between Sean Couturier’s legs, something that happens only about 1oo times in an average NHL game, but Coutuerier’s embellishment of the situation made it look like Malkin was trying to give him an anal probe, and suddenly the Flyers were on the Power Play again.

After having four more penalties called on them in the first period, the Penguins somehow ended the period up 4 – 3.  There was no way this pattern could continue for the rest of the game.  Something had to change.   I have to believe that Dan Bylsma said something to the effect of, “Hey, you guys have tried it your way to no good effect, how about trying it my way for a change. Sure it’s a blow to  your ego as well as to your faces, chests, backs of your heads, etc. to take the Ghandi way of non violence, but it’ll make the Flyers show their true colors.”  And this is exactly what the Penguins did.  Every time a Flyer poked, prodded, pushed, shoved(All usually after the whistle) a Penguin player, they did nothing in response.  Oh sure, there were cries of, “Wuss”, “Pussy” and “Quit turtling” from both the Flyers and their fans, but as Flyer after Flyer was marched off to the sin bin, responses of, “Check the scoreboard” could be heard coming from Penguin mouths.

My favorite stat line from the evening:  Zac Rinaldo – Time on Ice 3:39, Penalty Minutes 26.  This is priceless.  Should they ever come up with a category of PIMs/ToI ratio in fantasy hockey, ole Zac is the first one I’m taking.  There’s a chance he could be looking at a one game suspension for the reconstructive work he did on Milan Michaelek’s face(After the whistle, of course), but for Penguin fan’s sake, let’s hope not.  The more he plays, the more power plays the Penguins will find themselves on.

That the Penguins put up eight unanswered goals for the first time in the NHL playoffs since it was done back in 1991, by, you guessed it, these very same Penguins in Game 6 of the Finals that year when they clinched the Cup by winning 8 – 0 against the Minnesota North Stars was impressive in it’s on right, but to do it without 40 goal scorer James Neal in the lineup as well as their best penalty killer, Craig Adams makes it all that much more impressive.

Before the series started, most of us picked the Penguins to win because they are a deeper, more talented team than the Flyers.  Well, the Flyers found a way to neutralize that advantage in the first three games.  It looks to me like the Penguins have figured that out, and took the steps to change their style of play to negate the Flyers’ tactics.  Can they sustain the momentum from last night’s thrashing?  Well, the number one thing they did last night was to get into the heads of the two Flyer goalies.  So much so, that Michael Leighton has been recalled from the minors, and we all know how once Laviolette starts switching his goalies, he doesn’t know how to stop. (I believe he switched goalies 11 times last year)

I’ll leave you with one final thought that should bring a smile to most Penguin fan’s faces, Just remember, good things happen when Paul Martin is wearing street clothes(Thanks for that one Matt) and hopefully I’ll be back to tell you about Friday night’s victory at the CEC.

Damn it, I just dropped a glass.  Anyone know where I can get a broom, cheap?

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  1. Joe M's Gravatar Joe M
    April 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Wow! The author of this article is crying more then a Ben Rothlisberger blind date. I just have to say that it is so refreshing to see the better team win. When a team is cheap and classless it is nice to see them crash and burn. Thankyou Penguins for showing your true colors, you too Cindy, we knew you were a biatch, now the rest of the country knows.

  2. Mercury's Gravatar Mercury
    April 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Cheap brooms? You all should have bought one since your gonna need to clean out your locker room till next year. Coupla towels too to clean up the tears. Lets start hearing all the complaints about how the league WANTED the flyers to win. Sure…Thats my favorite excuse to hear you whiners cry about. LOL

    • Dirty diving Flyers's Gravatar Dirty diving Flyers
      April 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      This site is for penguin fans only! We’re still the better team.. The officials have been favoring the dirty flyers this whole series. Malkin doesn’t headhunt, he’s just involved in unfortunate hockey plays that make him look dirty. And Crosby doesn’t dive. He creates power play opportunities for his team. And he won’t back up his whining by fighting a rookie, because he’s a pussy.. Oh wait, that’s rite.. I’m a pussy! We’re all entitled, fair weather penguin fan pussies! God I hope our team doesn’t almost go bankrupt AGAIN, because the Dirty Flyers just spanked us out of the playoffs.. Waaaaaaah… Go FLYERS!!!!!! Muuuuhahahaha

      • Dirty Whiny Penguins's Gravatar Dirty Whiny Penguins
        April 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

        Us Flyer Fans took over the site! We are a classy team. Our clown doesn’t whine, he says “he pulled my hair” in a manly way. Our fans don’t quit on us, they go stand outside the arena and watch the games. When I move outta my mom’s basement I’m gonna talk more smack because 10 years before I was born was the last time we won a cup and you guys haven’t won one in 3 years. This is fun. Muuuuhahahaha

  3. Buh Bye Pens...'s Gravatar Buh Bye Pens...
    April 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    Buh bye.

  4. Blinders are on!!'s Gravatar Blinders are on!!
    April 22, 2012 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    I just stumbled across this, and had to comment. I will start by saying that I’m a flyers fan. Also, I think Rinaldo is a gritty player sometimes, but usually he’s an idiot, and I hate that he’s a Flyer. That said, have you watched this season/playoff series at all? The Flyers had ONE shady play by Rinaldo in game 4, and the normal chirping/scums that we see in every series. To say that the Flyers are cheap shot, divers etc.. Is really the pot calling the kettle Crosby no? Crosby started EVERYTHING in game three, and was penalized very little. He started so much crap, that the NHL made the refs change the way they called game 4. Malkin and Neal have been headhunting left and right. If you don’t agree with that, than you are in denial. Are you suprised that Neal only got one game? Because every sports analyst, hockey writer, radio host that I’ve heard, outside of Pitt, were very suprised. (espn, canadien radio, xm radio) now I won’t even compare the Flyers/pens diving reputations, because deep down, every pens fan knows that’s part of pitts game. Crosby has rubbed of on many of the other players. Which has worked well for them, so I get it. Not saying the Flyers don’t, but c’mon man, that’s
    what the Penguins are known for.

    I apologize for the long rant.. My main point is that the Penguins have been the dirtier team in this series, and the Flyers are by no means saints. But to write this post just shows that most Pitt fans wear blinders, and are as soft and entitled, as the their favorite players.

  5. April 20, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    ^^^triple like

  6. Rick Buker's Gravatar Rick Buker
    April 20, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Not to turn this into a “pick-on Paul post,” but I had the same perception about Martin. The Pens seem to have a better mix on defense without him in the lineup. I decided to look up the Pens’ record with and without him. The following includes regular season and playoffs:

    With Martin (45-25-6 .632); Without Martin (7-3 .700)

    Fairly even, actually. Still, I liked the way the Pens looked with Brian Strait playing in place of Martin. He keeps the game simple and seems more solid in his own end. We need that against a team like Philly.

    • April 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      Nice. I was going to look that stat up also but got too busy.

      If I remember correctly you wrote something very early in the season about his lackluster play.

      I’m on the fence about Martin. I have a hard time believing they would play him as much time as they do if he was a bad defenseman. If they thought he was that bad he would be paired with the 3rd defensive line guy and be getting 5 minutes of ice a game. I have a hard time going against Bylsma’s opinions on this.

      Though… tonight could be a huge swing in my opinion for or against him. He sits and they win, questions will start to arise. He sits they lose all the sudden those numbers are quite even.

      One thing he does have in his favor is only missing 10 games.

      The sad part is I’m hoping tonight that questions will start to arise (not because of Martin) !

      Lets Go Pens!

      • Rick Buker's Gravatar Rick Buker
        April 21, 2012 at 3:34 am | Permalink

        Our buddy, Evan Freshwater, seems to think the Pens have benched Martin and are covering it with the “undisclosed injury” bit. I’m inclined to agree …

        • April 21, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

          I really don’t think he was sat the first time, they said he had an injury right after the game before. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bylsma liked what he saw after that and held him out last night.

  7. Rick Buker's Gravatar Rick Buker
    April 20, 2012 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Well done Disco Stu. Creative and clever.

  8. Pen's 4ever's Gravatar Pen's 4ever
    April 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink


  9. Carolyn's Gravatar Carolyn
    April 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    :Paul Martin needs to be traded.

  10. Carolyn's Gravatar Carolyn
    April 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Amen. My thoughts exactly. Also, I agree 100% about Paul Martin, he needs to be traded but I am not sure any other team would want him. LETS GO PENS!!!!!!!!


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