Usually the idiotic chants and random cheers of the Philadelphia faithful motivate Sidney Crosby to play some of his best games against the Penguins' cross-state rivals.
This afternoon however, they did not, and Sid did not.
Sid failed to put up a point and played a pretty disinterested game as the Pens fell to the Flyers by a score of 6-3.
The Flyers went four for six on the power play. The Pens went one for four.
The officiating in the first period was worse than John Stevens' latest outbreak of noticeable STDs on his face.
Jordan Staal re-directed a Goligoski pass into the net about midway through the second period to make it seem like the Penguins' actually cared about winning this game.
The Flyers responded with three unanswered goals.
Halfway through the third, the Godardfather took Fedotenko's place on the left wing of the European Union line.
Malkin got it to Sykora, Sykie pulled up on the right boards and found Godard streaking through the slot.
The big man got his stick on the pass, directing it over the glove hand of French Toast for his first goal in a Penguin uniform.
A couple of minutes later Godard wanted to mix it up with Hartnell. Godard threw down the mittens but Hartnell's hair got in the way and apparently made him forget to drop his own gloves. Bobby Clarke threw up in embarrassment.
Godard didn't care and got a couple of good shots in on Hartnell before dropping him to the ice and heading to the locker room for the remainder of the game.
The Flyers scored again on the ensuing power play. Cheesesteaks suck.
Jeff Taffe got his first point of the season on the secondary assist to Fedotenko's power play goal late in the third. Sykora picked up the primary assist on a sweet dish pass from below the goal line.
Over the past couple of games, Sykora has quietly started to play some of the his best hockey since coming to Pittsburgh.
Is it just me, or are the Flyers' third jerseys hideous? They look like pumpkins with stripes down the sides and the nameplate on the back of the jersey looks like it was taped on with masking tape about two seconds before game time.
I don't think there's a jersey on planet Earth that would make Scott Hartnell look decent, but I know a few barbers that might be able to get the job done.
The Flyers have one regulation loss in their last 16 games. The Pens have lost four of their last five. The tides are starting to turn in the Atlantic division.
The optimist will say that Fleury is coming back and should lead the team to more victories. The pessimist would just look at the schedule over the next two months and start a tab at the nearest bar.
All signs point to Marc-Andre Fleury making his return to the Pens' lineup on Thursday in Atlanta. That will be huge for the Pens, seeing as Sabou looks like he is more than ready to re-take his position as a backup.
The Pens have a little softer schedule coming up next week with games against Atlanta and Toronto. They follow that with Buffalo and Tampa then they begin an unreal stretch of games against some tough opponents.
The Pens won't have an "easy stretch" until possibly April 4, 5, and 7, when they play the Panthers, Lightning, and Islanders.
Who knows, by then the Bolts could be in first place and Lecavalier could have 70 goals. Florida could be on a 15-game winning streak that has them in the heat of a playoff run.
The Islanders will still suck.
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