West Prevails Over East as Penguins defeat Flyers in Battle of Pennsylvania, 4-2
Pittsburgh Penguins' Head Coach Michel Therrien grabbed every "you're going to be fired" rumor by the balls tonight and shoved it down its' respective authors' throat.
Therrien tore a page out of the old Montreal Canadien play book and implemented the 1-2-2 trap. The Pens played the trap to perfection, wreaking havoc on the Flyers in the neutral zone all night long.
Martin Biron was in goal for Philly, so you knew the Pens were good for four or five tallies tonight.
Mike Knuble scored the luckiest goal in the history of hockey when a dump-in attempt hit Marc-Andre Fleury and bounced right to the front of a gaping cage. Knuble tapped it in for an early Flyers' lead.
The Godardfather pummled Riley Jokete with a few big right hands and each combatant headed to the sin bin to serve their time.
Max Talbot played one of the best games of his career tonight. Mad Max was all over the ice, and set up Tyler Kennedy for the Penguins' first goal of the game.
Paul Bissonnette made a nice play on the wall, centering the puck to the front of the net, where Talbot directed it across the crease to TK, who picked up the loose change for his first goal since returning to the Pens' lineup two weeks ago.
Biz Nasty showed Arron Asham that he couldn't even win a fight against an AHL'er. Asham has to be Chinese.
The game was tied after one period, but the Penguins carried the play throughout the first 20 minutes, thanks to perfect execution of the trapping system.
The two-headed monster cashed in early in the second period as Sidney Crosby found Evgeni Malkin in the slot and Gino toasted Biron over the left shoulder. 2-1 Pens.
Jordan Staal may be undergoing a personal redemption as of late. He scored another goal on a sweet backhand play by elevating the puck over Biron's shoulder.
Biron defends the top shelf about as well as an anorexic with 15 pounds of chocolate in the kitchen cupboard.
Matt Cooke enjoyed time playing alongside Sid and Gino on the top line tonight. Cooke drove the net hard all game long, opening up ample opportunities for Sid and Gino to work their magic.
Cooke was rewarded late in the second period when he tapped home a rebound off of a Crosby wrap-around. 4-1 Pens.
Joffrey Lupul has scored like 45 goals against the Pens in the last two seasons. He cashed in again around the eight minute mark of the third, closing the gap to two.
Donovan McNabb must have been giving a speech on how to consistently lose big games on the concourse level of the Wachovia Center, because by the midpoint of the third period, there were more empty seats than occupied one's inside the arena. Some passionate fans, eh?
The Pens actually held on to a third period lead and Elvis threw up his cheesesteak sandwhich in Bobby Clarke's lap on his way out of the building.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4 Philthadelphia 2
- Seeing the Pens play the trap to near perfection tonight has to make you wonder why they haven't been playing before now.
- The sooner Pascal Dupuis and Mike Zigomanis are healthy, the better. Chris Minard as a second line winger is just not going to cut it.
- Biz Nasty is a beast.
- Ojokekin and the Crapitals come to town tomorrow night, marking the beginning of a five game home stand for the Pens.
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