Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers: The 2010-2011 Season

It's going to be a big, emotional game against the Flyers tonight. Even if Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot weren't wearing orange and black, it would still be our first look at the new look, 2011-2012 Philadelphia Flyers and it would still be a game between two of the biggest rivals in the league. But while we look ahead to the Flyers tonight, let's also look back to last season's battles of Pennsylvania.

The Penguins had a 2-4 record against Philadelphia last season and it all started with a disappointing result in the first regular season game in Consol Energy Center history.

October 7, 2010 @ Pittsburgh – Flyers win 3-2

From our recap:

Mellon, Consol, or some patch of ice in your backyard…there is one thing that will never change: The curse of the unknown goalie. Pens have fallen victim to the unknown goalie too many times to mention in recent years.

Sergei Bobrovsky, a.k.a. Bob-Rossi, stood on his sac in the first period and was able to keep the Flyers in the game. Penguins hit like 14 posts, too, but give credit to Bob-Rossi. He is another in a long list of sub-par goalies to rise up and beat the Pens. Mark it down: He gives up five goals in his next game.

October 16, 2010 @ Philadelphia – Penguins win 5-1

From our recap:

Was the best part of this game Brent Johnson dominating in hostile territory? Was it the Pens' PP finally coming alive? Was it Crosby sucking? No. It was Mike Richards' meltdown after the game.

October 29, 2010 @ Pittsburgh – Flyers win 3-2

From our recap:

The Pens have a laundry list of problems. Our personal favorites:
1. No offense
2. Horrible powerplay
3. Terrible goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury

Not one of this in our opinion is more important than the other. They all go hand in hand. But don't worry. Everything will go away. It's only October. And then it will be November. Then March.

December 14, 2010 @ Philadelphia – Flyers win 3-2

From our recap:

Yeah, no joke — Your winning streak gets snapped at 12 games. And the Flyers are the ones who did it. It strikes that hockey nerve.

Might piss everyone off a little bit, but that's just business in the NHL. At least you can break whatever annoying superstition you had during the streak. Unless your superstition involves licking our balls.

As for the game itself, the Pens didn't play great, and they didn't play terrible. A few of the wins in the tail end of the streak didn't see the Pens playing terribly hot, either.

March 24, 2011 @ Philadelphia – Penguins win 2-1 [SO]

From our recap:

In case you haven't noticed, Marc-Andre Fleury is the Penguins' MVP this year, and the Penguins will go as far as MAF wants to take them, even if a certain captain returns to the lineup. With a depleted group of scorers, MAF's margin of error has been thinner than the envelope Flyers fans' GEDs come in, and look where he's taken them thus far.

March 29, 2011 @ Pittsburgh – Flyers win 5-2

From our recap:

The 5-2 final score is one of the more misleading final scores in awhile. At no point during the game were the Pens even close to out of it. Every time the Pens had a chance to take a two goal lead they couldn't. They left the Flyers hanging around plain and simple, and you just can't do that.

At this point it is stupid to even mention it, but we have to because we're fan boys. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in a game like this makes all the difference. The Pens needed that big goal that big time players produce in games like this.

It didn't happen. Oh well.

What a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. The Flyers team will look pretty different tonight than the last time the Pens stepped on the ice with them, but they'll still be wearing the same orange and black that have marked this rivalry for decades. Buckle up.