Pittsburgh Penguins (32-20-5) @ Philadelphia Flyers (32-18-7)
TV: ROOT, NHLN-US, CSN-PH
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Season Series: 0-2-0.
Last meeting that counted: December 29, 2011. Flyers won 4-2.
What we said in our recap:
The good news? Despite not really having their best game, the Pens had a powerplay, down 3-2, with under 4 minutes to go.
The bad news? Everything that you didn't want to happen…happened. Double J scored. And so did Max Talbot, who potted the empty-netter. It was like July 1st all over again and again and again.
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What they're saying:
Then, the Flyers came out in the second period and scored less than a minute in on their way to SEVEN STRAIGHT GOALS and a 7-2 win. Orange Jesus had five assists, just one shy of Eric Lindros' team record set back in 1997, and Max Talbot scored two goals to pace the Flyers.
But that wasn't even the most bad ass of bad ass performances in this one. Wayne Simmonds took a puck to the face during warmups, and in his own words, had two teeth "knocked around," whatever that means. He wound up with 25 stitches in total, a full face shield… and two goals. Oh, and they were the game-tying goal and the game-winning goal, too.
For purposes of this recap and our own collective sanity, we will pretend as if the first 20 minutes of tonight's game did not happen. Go Flyers. F*** the Penguins, etc.
Favorite Philadelphia Flyers Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:
"Evgeni Malkin says 'Take that!'"
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Steve Sullivan – Jordan Staal – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Dustin Jeffrey – Arron Asham
Craig Adams – Joe Vitale – Richard Park
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen – Zbynek Michalek
Deryk Engelland – Paul Martin
Arron Asham is back in the line-up for Pittsburgh. He hasn't played since January 15th.
Philadelphia Flyers Lines from Empty Netters:
Scott Hartnell – Claude Giroux – Jaromir Jagr
Brayden Schenn – Maxime Talbot – Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read – Sean Couturier – Jakub Voracek
Jody Shelley – Eric Wellwood – James van Riemsdyk
Kimmo Timonen – Braydon Coburn
Matt Carle – Marc-Andre Bourdon
Andrej Meszaros – Nicklas Grossman
There's nothing quite like a Penguins/Flyers game. Nothing.
This could very well be a potential first-round match-up for the Penguins. The Flyers are in fourth place in the east. The Penguins sit in sixth. A Pittsburgh win today would tie them with the Flyers in points.
The Pens have struggled against Philadelphia lately, and Bobrovsky almost plays well against the Pens, so a win today would definitely be nice. It won't come easy though. Claude Giroux is right on Evgeni Malkin's tail in the scoring race. This will be quite the game.