Flyers versus Penguins. In Pittsburgh. The last meeting between the teams of the regular season. Holy. Tits. Tonight's game is the most must win of the season. A season where the "must-wins" were very few and far between. Tonight, the rest of the East can catch us. Tonight, a loss means fourth place, not first. The hodgepodge talent known as the Penguins have hung around for the entire year, scraping for every point imaginable. In some ways, they are the Rocky Balboa, to our Apollo Creed. I give them credit for being in playoff mode since January. Credit, because I'm jealous that the Flyers aren't there yet.
And what did this game teach everyone? Pretty much that the Pens ain't messing around. Sure, it was a shootout, and there are no shootouts in the playoffs. But the simple fact that this game went to overtime means these teams are even. Adding Chris Pronger to the Flyers lineup really doesn't affect much, since this isn't 2006. All the national analysts like Barry Melrose are saying Philly is the team to beat in the East. Yikes. No clue how the Flyers are leading the East. All you'll hear from the Philly side and national media side is "What About Bob?" Bob is the nickname that Flyers fans bestowed upon Sergei Bobrovsky because. let's face it. they usually struggle with words over a syllable. Yes, Bobrossky kept the Flyers in the game. But if Malkin and Crosby are in the lineup, this would've been a 6-1 win. This perception of Philadelphia could all change next week when the Flyers come to Pittsburgh and finish what they started on opening night. But that's not gonna happen.
Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
James Neal – Mark Letestu – Alexei Kovalev
Pascal Dupuis – Max Talbot – Chris Conner
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Arron Asham
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy – Matt Niskanen
Andreas Nodl – Claude Giroux – Jeff Carter
Scott Hartnell – Daniel Briere – Ville Leino
James van Riemsdyk – Mike Richards – Kris Versteeg
Daniel Carcillo – Blair Betts – Darroll Powe
Kimmo Timonen – Braydon Coburn
Matt Carle – Andrej Meszaros
Sean O'Donnell – Nick Boynton