The Gutless Line got shit going, forcing the Flyers to ice the puck. Disco throws Crosby's unit out there. Crosby goal.
Pens just wouldn't stop coming. Every line was getting pressure. The Flyers finally got some puck movement going and got too excited. The result was Staal and Kennedy getting a staggered 2-on-1. Great pass by Staal. Great goal by TK. 2-0.
Laviolette had to use his timeout.
Game had a more balanced flow after that. And that is when the first cracks in the Pens' D began to surface.
Malkin tried to some unrealistic move. Flyers kept him in check big-time.
MAF had to answer a couple more bells after that. Briere had a golden chance after another turnover.
Some fringe holding calls on both sides were being let go.
The Pens could've used another goal before the intermission, and they got it. Crosby had a beautiful pass off the glass to Sullivan. Who does that. Sully was able to knock it out front. Dupuis bats it in. 3-0.
Couldn't have asked for a better first period.
Orpik lifted Double J's stick somewhere to save a goal.
Thing you will remember about this period:
The Flyers were a different team in the second. Whatever Lavvy told them during intermission, it worked. What sucked was that the Pens were a completely different team, as well.
Giroux went off for boarding Orpik. Pens PP couldn't really get a chance. Killed. A goal on that powerplay probably buries the Flyers. Instead, the kill gave them some more juice.
Then the Flyers had a couple quick chances. Big save by MAF on a Hartnell one-timer. The Flyers were coming.
Danny Briere gets away with being offside and is able to put one over MAF. 3-1.
-thanks to Cole R.-
Terrible blown call, but if you think that is the reason the Pens lost, God help everyone.
Game dipped into a lull for a bit. Then Zac Rinaldo took an idiotic penalty behind the play. Pens got some better chances on that PP. Killed again.
Game dipped back into some back-and-forth stuff. Biggest moment came when Asham led a 2-on-1 with Adams. He takes the shot there 9 times out of 10. He passed it that time.
Bryzgalov was coming up with huge stops all period. No highlight-reel shit. Just saves he had to make.
Thing you will remember about this period:
Flyers stole the momentum back.
The third didn't feel right from the onset. You had to figure the Flyers were going to get a powerplay at some point.
But instead it was Double J going off for holding up Crosby. Crosby definitely helped get the call. Jagr's wheelchair isn't fast enough to keep up with Crosby, though. Again the powerplay did nothing. It haunted the Pens last year against Tampa Bay. The seed of doubt has already been planted this spring.
Staal hit the post at some point.
Gif via @BroadstreetHockey
MAF had to make a huge save on Lilja.
Briere went offside, and CONSOL gave out a mock cheer.
Then Briere decided it was time to score again.
Then Orpik leveled Briere behind the Pens' net. But it was just a taaaaad late. He went off for interference. PP for Flyers.
They didn't fool around. Goal. Tied. 3-3. Brayden Schenn with a beauty.
Pens' D lost all confidence. Paul Martin turned in the worst performance by a man at his job since that Italian boat captain.
Things you'll remember about this period:
You could feel the game slipping away. Pens mounted almost no offensive momentum.
Curious move to not start Malkin or Crosby in OT. Strange. Have to ask yourself, would 66 have ever not started an OT? Flyers started their top line. Pens started Tyler Kennedy.
Flyers made it quick at least. Voracekville. 4-3.
Guy in Mario patch jersey is in a dark, dark place.
No clue what Letang was doing.
- Pens didn't load up with Crosby and Malkin at all.
- Crosby, Kunitz, Neal, Malkin — One has to sit so Sullivan can play the point with Letang. With the current PP setup, it doesn't even look like any of the players know where they should be.
- Ridin' and dyin' with MAF. Big Game 2 coming up obviously.
- The powerplay was the death of the Penguins' post season last year. It is off to a flaccid 0 for 3.
- Again, if you are in the "blame the refs" crowd, the Pens had three powerplays before the Flyers had their only one.
- Asham may have gotten hurt.
- Do it all over again on Friday.
- Pics from Getty city.