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Penguins Can Still Beat the Flyers in Six

Figuratively, of course, but if the Pens knot this series at 3-3 this afternoon, the Flyers won’t have what it takes to finish the series back here in the ‘burgh. Why? I think Phil hit on the #1 reason in his last post The Penguins Are Now in the Flyers’ Heads: they are showing tell-tale signs of being a shell-shocked team on the verge of absolute shambles. And that was after our first victory! Pile on Game Five’s 3-2 win, and whatever the Pens do today, and you have three times the heart-break and finger-pointing.

In my mind, there are three things the Pens need to do today to make sure we see a largely ceremonial Game Seven:
1. Defense – Dan Bylsma changed things up and brought the Pens D seven-strong against a Flyers offense that he knows has a lot of fire power. Fortunately for him, the Pens are blessed with even more scoring capability, so the extra defensive presence didn’t detract from the Pens ability to bury the puck. I hate to add this, but it’s already out there… Paul Martin’s absence is being felt in too many positive ways for him to be thinking that he’ll be rushed back to the ice again in this series.
2. Rebound Control – This has always been my greatest criticism of Fleury. His acrobatic saves that all too often leave fat rebounds in the slot that inevitably end up in the back of the net. Even his routine saves sometimes end up that way. MAF was pretty much velcro last game. Couple strong defense with a lack of second opportunities (which also means clean back checking), and the Flyers can’t score on chances they don’t have.
3. Pressure – At certain points in this series it felt like there were two bad guys for every Penguin on the ice. The Flyers were absolutely smothering no matter where the puck was, and it was frustrating to watch. I can’t imagine what it was like to play in. The Pens assumed that role in Game Five, and they need to again. Tenacious forechecking, clean back checking, and smart coverage will win the individual battles that eventually win the game.

I know there are no guarantees. Ever. But as I said before, the Pens are the more complete team of these two, which includes heart and cohesion. If we are good (and a little lucky?) enough to come home for Game Seven, the Flyers don’t stand a chance.

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  1. Alan8771's Gravatar Alan8771
    April 24, 2012 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I’m going to laugh & laugh when the Kings win the cup & the Flys are stuck with Bryzgalov for 8 more years.

  2. lets go Flyers's Gravatar lets go Flyers
    April 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    “shell shocked and Shambles is exactly what your Penguins looked like on Sunday..as for being the more complete team …hehe ..crosby aint the same guy before his Hollywood concussion and never will be …hes a big reason the first three games were dropped ..a still concussed player on the ice pretending hell ever get back to 100%…sad but Crosby is done in the NHL. Damaged goods ..his decision making process has been wiped away …abd malikin ..no threat at all .

  3. Steve's Gravatar Steve
    April 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t see much heart from the Penguins today.

  4. April 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Tough loss. Hold your head high Pens fans. It’s still Penguins 3 – Flyers 2

  5. Mercury's Gravatar Mercury
    April 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Its funny to hear Pens fans complain about diving and cheap shots as if their team don’t do it as often or more so than the flyers. Really? When the broadcasters are making fun of Letang and Crosby,etc since the beginning of game one, it says something.

    In the end, you thought your offense was better than the flyers. And you got out defended. Someone should put a Malkin tape together of all the attempts he had at people’s heads. And then crying and screaming at his own players on the bench.

    I just cant wait to hear all the excuses coming out of this one….I can sit back and read em while my boys move on to round TWO. LOL

    • Joe M's Gravatar Joe M
      April 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Wow, can you say sour grapes? Yeah, you loaded a lot of “if’s” in the article, clearly you wanted an out when the Flyers dominated game six. Even if they lost, it would have been nice to take game 7 on The Pens ice while Crosby cried a river. The Pens were never in the heads of the Flyers, not now, not ever. If Crosby wants to say he hates all of the Flyers, I have no issue saying I hate all of the Pens……now go book your tee times boys.

  6. really..'s Gravatar really..
    April 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    How’d that wok out for you…

  7. April 22, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Joey, I agree. The Flyers teams have always been built about as well as a Chinese hockey jersey. Once one thread breaks the entire jersey starts to fall apart. They tried to bring in Talbot to help out the locker room. It’s not working.

    Bryzgalov was asked if it was his own team that screened him on Kennedy’s goal Friday. He said “What do you want me to say? If you know, why are you asking?” Instead of taking responsibility these guys would sell their team out in a heartbeat.

    If they get down a goal today the fans will start booing them. If they get down two goals the fans will start leaving. It’s the Philadelphia mentality. When you start second guessing on the ice you slowly fall apart.

    • Joe M's Gravatar Joe M
      April 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      You know nothing about the Philly fan base and its clear. They boo yes, but not when down 1 and they sure as hell don’t leave when down 2. If this series proved anything Phil it is the simple fact that the Flyers can come back rather easily aginst your Pens, but, don’t let the facts ruin a good story. Might as well refer to when the fans thew snowballs at Santa in the 60’s…..your team got beaten rather easily and the Flyers fans are some of the most loyal in the NHL, so, you are best to write about something you know, like which golf course in Pittsburgh The Pens will be frequenting in the next few days

      • April 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

        JoeM, Philly was voted worst fans by GQ magazine and many other National sport places. Not just once, many times. We didn’t invent this at PenguinPoop. I truly had no idea it went back to the 60’s. Congrats on the win.

        • Joe M's Gravatar Joe M
          April 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

          Well, I am sure that GQ pole was well investigated and not trumped up at all to try and sell a magazine. And I am sure that other NHL fans never boo, they just sit on their hands when being beat 8 to 3 and hope for the best.

        • lets go Flyers's Gravatar lets go Flyers
          April 23, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

          LMAO…. GQ ….oh that is too too rich …silly cindy fans , GQ …lol…

        • April 23, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

          It’s not just GQ, also ESPN and many others. Try Google-ing it, you’ll love it. The best NHL fans according to Forbes is the Pittsburgh Penguins fans. Are you seeing a trend here? Surely you can see how it would be hard for us to not just laugh off the comments. I do want to thank you guys for helping me make my point.

  8. Rick Buker's Gravatar Rick Buker
    April 22, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Hey Joey. I think your keys are spot on. But even if the Penguins win today I don’t see them breezing through a Game 7. Nor do I think the Pens are in the Flyers’ heads as much as everyone seems to think.

    While overall I thought we played very well in Game 5, the Flyers owned the last 13 minutes. It took one of the most exceptional goaltending performances I’ve ever seen from Fleury—especially during the penalty to Kennedy—to keep Philly from tying the game.

    No, the Flyers know they were a lucky bounce away from sending the game to overtime. And don’t forget … these guys came back from an 0-3 deficit two years ago against Boston, so there’s no quit in them. The Pens are going to have to earn it every step of the way … as it should be.

    There’s another key I’d like to add to your list: DON’T TAKE DUMB PENALTIES. The Flyers have just eviscerated our penalty killing (11 power-play goals, 52% success rate). This especially applies to Malkin, who seems compelled to retaliate every time someone jostles him.

    While we’re at it, Geno needs to avoid making drop passes at the Philly blue line. He tends to do this when he’s not scoring. There’s no surer way to hand the Flyers odd-man breaks, which we can ill-afford to do.

    My guess is Philly’s going to come out loaded for bear today. Our Pens are going to have to be equal parts disciplined, determined and deadly (the 3 D’s). But if we stick to our game and keep our focus I think we can win and send the series back to the ‘Burgh.

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

    • April 22, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      Rick – I could not agree more about the dumb penalties aspect. It seemed like every lesson that they learned for Game 4 was completely forgotten in Game 5. They continued to get caught retaliating every time they were punched, pushed and prodded by one Flyer after another(I’m looking at you Wayne Simmonds). All of the discipline and non-violent resistance they practiced in Game 4, which seemed to have them on the Power Play for almost the entire game quickly reverted back to exactly what they did in Games 1 – 3. If they somehow can not manage to get back to what they did in Game 4, I fear that lethal Flyer Power Play may eventually do us in.

    • April 22, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Malkin said “I’ll be a little bit better about my penalties.” I sure hope so!

    • Pen's 4ever's Gravatar Pen's 4ever
      April 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Yeah thanks Cooke for taking the Inter. penalty that pretty much cost us the game

    • Joe M's Gravatar Joe M
      April 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

      Clearly you are a smart hockey fan. Kudos!

  9. Pen's 4ever's Gravatar Pen's 4ever
    April 22, 2012 at 9:24 am | Permalink


    LET’S GO PEN’S!!!!!!!!!


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