The dreaded Philadelphia Flyers rolled into Pittsburgh for their second last game of the season on Saturday.
The Penguins scored first but it was Mark Streit who got the game's winning goal in overtime for the Flyers. Every time these two teams meet, there seems to be two standard themes.
First the physicality and hitting between both teams is always evident. And second there is lots of scoring. Saturday’s game was no different. Jakub Voracek scored twice and Claude Giroux scored as well.
Jussi Jokinen, James Neal and Chris Letang scored for the home side Penguins. But in the end it wasn’t enough to get them the win. It’s clear to me that the Pittsburgh Penguins are really missing Evgeni Malkin The Flyers did a fantastic job antagonizing Sidney Crosby and many other Pittsburgh players throughout the game.
Crosby did get some decent opportunities but was under pressure all game long. But what concerns me most about this game was the play of Marc-Andre Fleury. Yes, one of the Flyers goals was on the powerplay. But some of the goals were very weak in my opinion.
This is a great victory for the Flyers. But it comes with a price tag. Goaltender Steve Mason was forced to leave the game early due to an injury. The severity of Mason’s injury is unknown at this point.
Both these teams start their playoff campaigns next week. The Philadelphia Flyers will face the New York Rangers in round one. The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to face Detroit or Columbus in round one of their playoff campaign.
For the Pittsburgh Penguins, this loss will be tough to swallow. After all, it was a couple of stupid penalties that allowed the Flyers to tie the game and gain momentum.
I’m sure that’s one of the things Head Coach Dan Bylsma will be addressing ahead of his team’s first playoff game I hope both these teams get through round one, and have to face each other in the playoffs.
This heated rivalry always provides lots of scoring, hitting and sometimes decent goaltending. I’m sure I’m not the only fan that hopes this matchup occurs. I can’t wait to see how both these teams do in their opening playoff rounds.
It will be interesting to see if Ray Emery will be ready for the challenge of possibly playing the first game in place of Mason.
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