Before the game, Paul Martin was either scratched or the Penguins locked him in a room. Simon Despres took his spot. Brian Strait got the call for Ben Lovejoy. Bylsma rolled with 7 D, reminiscent of the Cup run in 2009.
This game could not have started off worse. Steve Sullivan took a penalty 17 seconds in. The Flyers scored a minute later.
1-0. Claude Giroux.
This would be like doctors telling Terry Schiavo's family she was going to wake up and talk. And then when she woke up she vomited over everything, said she had died for a second and saw Heaven didn't exist, them came back to life and died. Same thing.
But then it got worse. Malkin was headed to the box 4 seconds later. The Pens somehow killed that penalty, and Malkin started trolling when he left the box. He put home a Dupuis rebound to tie it up.
1-1. Big-time goal.
And it was off to the races after that. The Flyers took a penalty, and the Pens cashed in. Niskanen on the fake Whitney Play™.
Yeah, and then the second period started. Just watch the highlights:
Malkin scored four minutes into the third to make it 10-3 and round out the scoring.
Interesting development halfway through the third when Matt Cooke was given a game misconduct for holding the stick and getting punched in the mouth. It's a situation where it's clear he got penalized for being Matt Cooke. If that was Richard Park in Cooke's stead, nothing would've been done.
- The closer this series is called, the better it is for the Pens. In a way, the Rinaldo thing and and Cooke/Kubina thing were blessings in disguise. Should keep this series called tight.
- Depres and Strait looked sharp. In retrospect, can't really ask for a better situation to ease them into the playoffs. They got a brief taste of what a roller coaster a playoff game in this series can be, then they just laid in the cut.
- One game at a time. Expect a tight game on Friday. Some big OT game on the horizon we feel.
- Tangradi had a presence. Shut your mouth.
- The Lion did well too:
Bylsma called a timeout up 8-3 or something like. What a move. The Pens scored unlimited goals after Lavy took his timeout.