Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Flyers 4, Penguins 3

Tonight was another moral victory. The Pens played a great first and third period, rallying from a 3-0 defecit. The Flyers got a power play on what looked like a weak call on Andre Roy and converted it into the winning goal. You couldn't tell if the call on Roy was a good one because there was only one replay from the weak OLN coverage, and it wasn't a good angle.

Overall, this is a game where the Pens battled back, showed some pride and poise, and could easily have tied or won the game if Esche hadn't played extremely well.

Crosby and Gonchar both had good nights, with Crosby scoring the game-tying goal in the third to go with an assist, and Gonchar adding a helper on each goal. Gonchar continues to look better and better, in my opinion, and should really be a force on the blue line next season.

The Pens are currently three points behind the Blues, who are playing as I type this (they're scoreless with Nashville). If they finish tied, the first tie-breaker is number of wins (Pens 20, Blues 21 - edge Penguins) followed by goal differential (Pens -76, Blues -85 - edge Blues). As much as I hate seeing the Pens lose to those losers from across the state, I do like that they're in the driver's seat, so to speak, with respect to the top spot in the lottery.

Next up are the Rangers on Thursday at the Igloo. Another game I'd rather see the Pens win...

Let's go Pens!

3 comments:

Will said...

Oh how I hate the Flyers...

Good game except for the final score. Seems like Roy took a bad penalty but like you mentioned Pat there were no good replays. Anyone catch the fight between Carins and Brashear? Kinda anticlimatic but still fun to watch those big boys throw down.

Now on to my problem with the officials last night. Did anyone else notice that the zebras are STILL giving Crosby no breaks? I mean there was one exchange when it looked like Cosby was cross-checked or hooked 3 times in a matter of 30 seconds. Then as the play went the other way Crosby gets called on some BS. I mean I know that he mouthed off some early but give me a break! Maybe it was just because it was the Flyers but the calls seemed to go their way all night.

BOOOOOO the Flyers!

Pat said...

Yeah - I remember the Crosby penalty you're talking about, Will. The commentator on OLN was saying that it was a pretty rough call on Crosby when he had just been cross-checked three times in a short span of time. I agree that it's crap...

Pronovost said...

Whatever else one might say about P.J. Stock, he is refreshingly candid as a color commentator. He certainly didn't hesitate to identify bad calls or missed calls.

Nice to get a break from Lange and Errey. They've really worn me out with all the nonstop praise for the other team.