MAF was making saves early. Elaborate glove save on Giroux. Pens couldn't get any look on Bryz. MAF had to make another good save on Matt Read. It was already 2-0 in last year's playoffs.
Pens started getting some chances. Malkin set up Bennett for one, and Crosby/Kunitz almost connected.
Neal went to the box for elbowing. It didn't take long. Giroux and Voracek. 1-0.
After the goal, Hartnell chirped Neal leaving the box, thinking that Neal's elbow on GiWho actually connected, so Neal fought him. Hartnell got an extra 2 minutes, so the Pens got their own power play. AutomatiKunitz. 1-1.
What a stupid move by Hartnell. Equally as dumb from Neal.
But then the trip to rock bottom began.
Hockey happened for a couple seconds, then Schenn flopped, so the Flyers were back on the power play. MAF killed all of it, but Rinaldo snapped a dick pic then put home a rebound.
Was hard to keep your dinner down after that goal.
Kimmo Timonen from downtown. 3-1.
Neal went off for pickle stabbing. Flyers scored again. 4-1.
There were no rational thoughts to be had.
Vokoun came in for the second, and there was a noticeable change in the Penguins' game.
Malkin-Bennett-Neal had a good shift.
Crosby follows up. Sick saucer pass to Dupes. 4-2.
ROOT showed the Flyers' bench. Talbot knew the Pens were coming:
Beau Bennett and the second line were everywhere. They followed up that Dupuis goal with an unbelievable shift. Bennett forces a turnover from Simmonds and throws it down to Neal, who sent it to the net. Whatever it hit, it went in.
Bourque and Lange on the radio side mentioned the Bryzgalov was having words with some Flyers fans chirping him behind the net after that goal.
Pens continued to work. Crosby drew a penalty.
Powerplay was okay, but it didn't come through.
With under 5 minutes left, the Cooke-Sutter-TK made moves. TK with a one-timer from the high high high slot.
4-4. See ya, Bryz.
TK's second against the Flyers this season. (He has three goals.)
Flyers were still melting down and took a penalty. Pens had a ton of chances. Malkin had some issues, and it almost led to the Flyers scoring. Thank God.
Underrated play of the game
Flyers had an odd-man break with about 35 seconds left. Mark Eaton somehow blocks the shot.
Just can't say enough good things about Mark Eaton right now. It's as if he never left. If that pucks get through and past Vokoun, this game takes a completely different turn.
Dupes got called for a penalty. The PK unit got the job done. Huge kill.
Tomas Vokoun hopefully played himself out of the little mini-slump he was in. He didn't see a lot of good shots from the Flyers, but it's good for him to be back in the saddle.
Time ticked away, and the Flyers kept punishing the Pens. But the Pens kept their shit together. The Flyers threatened late, but the Pens held it off.
Interesting note at the very end of the game: Matt Cooke was pushed into the Flyers' empty net. The net over turned, but the refs did not whistle the play dead. Thought that was bizarre.
Whatever, though. Flyers ran out of time.