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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Game Recap: Flyers 6 - Penguins 3

The Philadelphia Flyers scored four powerplay goals to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon at the Wachovia Center. Mike Knuble had two goals and Mike Richards had a goal and two assists in the win. Jordan Staal, Eric Godard and Ruslan Fedotenko scored for Pittsburgh. The goal was Godard's first as a Penguin. Dany Sabourin played for the Penguins despite the fact that Marc-Andre Fleury was also dressed for the game. It was the first time Fleury was in uniform for a game since November 15th.

The Flyers have now won four straight games and eleven out of their last fourteen. The Penguins have lost four out of their last five and seven out of their last eleven.

The Penguins played quite a bad game. Heading into the third period the Flyers were up 5-1 and looked unstoppable. The Penguins didn't manage a shot until the second half of the third. The game got physical in the late stages. Eric Godard got into a fight with Scott Hartnell with less than six minutes to go.

Again, the lack of a physical presence around the opponent's net hurt the Penguins. Hartnell and the Flyers were crashing Sabourin all night and creating goals that way. Someone on the Penguins needs to do the same. The Penguins also got into penalty trouble in this game and the Flyers capitalized on Pittsburgh's mistakes.

Crosby and Malkin had relatively quiet games today. Malkin had an assist on Godard's goal but Crosby left the game with no points and a "Crosby Sucks" chant from the Flyers' fans. Crosby had a few giveaways today, but they were caused mostly by the Flyers' offensive pressure.

The Penguins' next game is Thursday night in Atlanta. Marc-Andre Fleury will likely start that game. It looked like Fleury was going to start the third period for the Penguins, but Michel Therrien left Sabourin in net for the entire game. Most of the goals the Flyers scored were due to defensive errors by the Penguins, so it's not fair to blame the loss on Sabourin.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We looked about as sharp as Mellon Arena. It is sad to be a Pens fans after games like this.

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