Thursday, April 23, 2009

Flyers 3, Penguins 0

This was a missed opportunity. The good news about going into this game up 3-1 is that you get three opportunities.

The Pens came out with a strong first period. They dominated the play and nearly scored when TK missed on a wrap around attempt into an essentially open net. He's usually so patient, and one more second of that trademark patience likely scores there. Completely different game if that happens.

The Flyers turned the tide in the second, holding the Pens to just 5 shots and taking a 1-0 lead on a laser beam by Asham. It was probably a bad goal for Fleury to give up, but it was a great shot.

Malkin kicked a puck in, which was disallowed, and the Pens didn't do much after that.

The Flyers added two more in the third, but given that the Pens couldn't score, and really didn't generate much in the way of offense after the first period, I'm not sure the last two goal mattered.

Was benching Sykora a mistake? This team turned on Therrien...

Can you bring Sykora back now? I think you'll see Letang for sure - he was probably dinged up. I think given that Satan really didn't show much, you could bring Petr back into the lineup.

Missed opportunities hurt.

Next up: A special play-date back in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday afternoon. Get ready - NBC is having a special event for charity - it's called the Mike Richards Love-a-thon, and it's being run by Pierre McGuire.

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