Monday, November 13, 2006

Penguins 3, Flyers 2

So I guess we call this the Thrill of Victory, eh?

The Pens came out smoking in the first two periods, out shooting the Flyers 31-10. They couldn't get more than 2 past Nittymaki, however, and the Flyers tied the game in the third on a BSFNOW goal (Blind Squirrel Finds a Nut Once in a While) goal. Richards threw the puck to the net, and Sanderson batted it into the net when it deflected off of Melichar's skate. Sanderson didn't even know he had a goal.

This was a game the Pens needed badly. They did most things right tonight, and to lose this one (or to even go to OT) could have been bad for the psyche of this young team. They kept at it, and Malkin netted the game winner with little more than two minutes remaining in the third.

My question of the night is as follows: late in the third, Meyer hit Army near the boards. It was clearly interference and Army was down briefly. Whitney, in a great show of support, went right after Meyer and was locked up with him. King Goon, er, I mean Hatcher, comes barrelling over, and showing no respect of the unwritten rule about being the third man in, grabs Whitney from behind and tries to fight him. Never mind that Hatcher is too much of a wimp to do more than talk with Andre Roy on opening night. Anyway, back to my rant, already in progress. Anyway, when it's all sorted out by the CZs (Clueless Zebras), Meyer gets two minutes for charging (could have been a major, given how close they were to the boards, but I digress), Whitney gets two for INSTIGATING (?!?!?!?) and five for fighting, and Hatcher gets just 5 for fighting.

What the heck?? How does King Goon come lumbering as the third man in and only get a fighting major? I'd say it was immaterial, but the Flyers almost tied the game as a direct result of the CZs making sure the Flyers weren't any more short-handed. I was pretty disgusted with that one...

Before I sign off, did anyone see the tremendous effort put in by Crosby on the last scrum at the end of the game? He was hit by the shot from the point and went down, stunned. He then got back up and managed to have the strength to get to the front of the cage and mix it up with the Flyers (and throw in a nice slash for good measure).

Man, do I hate the Flyers. I'm so glad the Pens pulled this one out.

Next up: at Buffalo on Friday. Talk about a litmus test...


Will said...

Good to see the Pens win this one in regulation. The Flyers reminded me of the Pens their past few games... getting blown out but still in the game. I would have been worried if they lost this but I thought Fleury was really good in net and won the game for them. Great to see Staal(18), Crosby(19), and Malkin(20) score.

I don't know what to say about Whitney getting that Instigating penalty. I mean it was obvious Meyer was looking to get into something going and like you mentioned cement-feet, I mean Hatcher, came down and should have got 2. I think that the refs have been horrible this year. Last night, again, they were very inconsistent. I saw about 3 or 4 different times I thought the Pens were going to get a interference or hooking call and they just let it go. Same thing with the flyers late in the game, they were just tackling the Pens with no calls (even though the Pens got all the calls early).

It was great to see Crosby get up and start some shit at the end. I did not see where the shot hit him but it was a hard shot so I'm sure if hurt.

I did watch some of the Carolina vs. Buffalo game last night (Buf 6 Car 3) BE AFRAID... BE VERY AFRAID!

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