Marc-Andre Fluery had a fantastic game, but it just wasn't enough to push the Penguins into the top spot in the East.
Fluery faced 21 shots, only allowing one by Scott Upshall in the second period of a 2-0 loss in Philadelphia.
The Penguins’ power play was completely shut down all game by a relentless shorthanded effort by the Flyers. The Pens went 0-for-8 on the power play after getting all four goals last game on it.
Fluery was able to deny all Flyer odd-man opportunities to give his team a chance, but with team captain, Sidney Crosby, sitting out for the final game the Penguins offense just couldn't get started.
Martin Biron had a decent game, but wasn't really tested like he had in previous meetings with the Penguins. Biron stopped all 20 shots he faced.
Of all the Penguins, Jordan Staal had the best game. He was constantly in the Flyers’ faces, was always the first to the puck or hounding the guy who was, and was just all over the ice making plays. Easily the best game of the season for Jordan.
Now, we look to the playoffs.
I understand I was saying the Penguins wouldn't fare well against Ottawa. What I didn't do was look at all the injuries the Senators are dealing with or their goal-tending problems, but that doesn't mean they can't get back to what they were last year.
Yes, it does make them more vulnerable, but the Sens can still make a big stand against the young Pens. But only time will tell.
For all you going to Game 2 against Ottawa, I'll see you there!