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French Toast. PENS WIN.

 
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If the Pens would have come out and laid an egg,
we would have said. well. in '91, they lost the first game of every series.
 
But they win in dominating fashion.
If you're already thinking about the next round, you are high.
 
Welcome to the NHL playoffs.
 
The game was everything you want if you have home ice.
You score a goal early, get another one, and just job.
 
The most staggering thing about the game was how good the Penguins defense was.
The Flyers just need the PP to score goals.
 

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We totally forgot Mark Eaton didn't play in the playoffs last year.
How emotional was it to see him lay his body out to block a pass.
 
It is a long road to travel. Game 2 will be a monster.
1 down, 15 to go.

 
 
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ashleigh m. — gonkey — chewy
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molly — nate k. — michael s.
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The game started off with the intensity only found at a DMV at 10:00am on a Saturday morning.

Kunitz lands the first hit of the series.
Timonen's tampon gets dislodged and has to go the bench.

Things got settled down for a while after that.
And then Arron Asham went to the box for a job.

The Pens power play hits the ice.
The Flyers PK may be able to — goal.

 
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Stunned.
 

They rule there wasn't a distinct kicking motion.
We'd be pissed if that counts against us.
It hit off Biron then went in, not sure if that matters.
Don't care if it does.

On the next shift, Cooke gets into it with the world.
Hartnell takes a ridiculous extra penalty.
But the Pens can't make him pay.

At the beginning of the game, the Flyers had set up shop in the Pens zone.
By halfway through the first, they couldn't even sniff the Pens net.
But then Orpik took a penalty.
Huge first kill of the series.

 
Eaton and friends were on another planet.
You should be able to install Hal Gill as a security system for your house.

Surprise, Hartnell takes another dumb penalty.
 
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What a liability.
 

Whatev. Killed.
 
Now, at the end of the period, of course, the Flyers try and start some shit.
This is why Mike Richards is a joke.
 
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Almost no time left.
Richards comes out of nowhere, and leaves his feet, charging Tenk.
 
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Unreal.
 

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This is great.
From reader Greg G:
 

 
 
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The second period was pretty much how the first period ended.
The Pens dictating the play.
 
Remember when the Flyers won in Pittsburgh late in March?
They didn't play a typical Flyer game — they played smart.
Yeah, not so much in this one. All kinds of shit going on.
The Flyers just looked confused.
 
Out of nowhere, the Pens have a 3-on-1.
Kennedy carries it in with more patience than the entire series run of M*A*S*H.
Somehow it trickles in.
 
2-0.
 
Did someone record the FSN feed?
There is a guy doing an unreal fist pump after this goal.
 

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stunned
[dan]
 
Someone destroyed Cooke with a stick, nothing called.
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Jordan Staal had a shift people will be talking about for a while.
Nothing really else happened for the rest of the second.
Candy got called for elbowing after going on a rampage. Bad call.
 
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Were you still asleep from the second period?
Richards woke you up by failing with a shot off the post.
Too bad you can't measure leadership in number of posts hit.

The Pens eventually kill the penalty.

Hartnell again takes a stupid penalty. Jesus.
A dangerous knee/trip job on Letang.
Hartnell's almost as bad as cybersquatters.
The Pens can't capitalize, though.

Then out of nowhere, the Flyers screw up a basic play.

Puck floats in front of Toast. Malkin picks it up.
 
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Pens won a ton of faceoffs, as well. Their next goal was a result of that.
Bing wins a faceoff. Letang passes it back.
 
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Eaton ain't cheatin'
4-0
 
People start chanting Toast's name. Gutless peformance.
Hartnell gets sent to the showers as usual. How do you even play him in game 2?
 
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Peace.
 
[Fleuryous]
 
 
Flyers unravel in the final minutes and have an orgy in the box.
 
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Game
 
 
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MISCELLANEOUS
  • Third line tonight was business. Staal was nuts.
  • How pumped was Eaton to be in the playoffs?
  • Keep you head on straight, this is only game 1.
  • The Craig Adams pickup: Severely underrated.

go pens
 
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