Thursday, October 07, 2010

Flyers 3, Penguins 2

So what happened?
The Pens came out with drive and fire but were unable to beat the Flyers rookie goaltender, Bobrovsky. The Flyers weathered the storm and put two goals on the board in the second period, one on a nice power play deflection and the other when Paul Martin didn't take the man and Betts buried it. The Pens got back into the game when Kennedy threw a bad angle shot into the far top corner past Bobrovsky and went on the power play shortly after that. During the power play, Letang made an ill-advised drop pass that Giroux stole for a breakaway goal. The Pens closed the game to one immediately after that but could get no closer. The great chances from the first period or so just weren't there late in the third.

Who scored?
Kennedy (1), Goligoski (1)

Any surprises?
Letang was in the lineup, despite being sick. He probably shouldn't have been - he didn't look very good overall.

Any change in the standings?
We can safely say the Penguins are tied for last in the NHL right now (that might be a bit fatalistic...)

Who's next?
The Habs come to the Center on Saturday night for a rematch of the second round of last year's playoffs. Good thing that goalie that stoned everyone isn't there any more, eh?

  • I liked what I saw from Letestu and Tangradi. Letestu looked responsible defensively and contributed in the offensive zone. Tangradi showed good presence along the boards in the offensive zone, but he didn't play as much as you'd think for a second line player.
  • There were a ton of icing calls - I think guys were getting acclimated to true game speed.
  • I can't say I had that same old Flyers hatred after the game - there wasn't any stupid stuff. Someone must have been able to get through to Hartnell (or, maybe it's easier for them when they're not behind).

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