Even though hockey games are played in three separate periods but this game was really a tale of two halves. The first half of this game was just terrible hockey by the Penguins. They were timid and the Flyers pounced and scored the first three goals. The Penguins then got something together and scored a couple of goals but in the end it wasn’t enough as the Penguins lost 3-2 in Philadelphia.
I am not going to lie to you I only watched about half of this game because of the Steelers game but was able to keep tabs on my computer via an online stream but it was pretty sketchy. From what I watched in the first half of the game it was really the Penguins sitting back on their feet and the only reason the Penguins were even in the game was because of Marc Andre Fleury. The first two Flyers goals you really can’t pin on him and I didn’t get a great look at the third goal so I can’t attest to that.
The first Flyers goal was a blocked shot from the left faceoff circle that hit off two Penguins defenseman and past Fleury. You can’t really blame anyone on that play it was just a lucky goal off Dan Briere’s stick. The second goal was on the power play where the Penguins were forced to use Robert Bortuzzo and Matt Niskanen who were completely lost in their assignments that led to a Wayne Simmonds tap in goal from a cross crease feed from Jakub Voracek.
The Penguins mounted a comeback and finally got their legs under them with a second period power play goal from James Neal and a third period goal from Evgeni Malkin who both beat Ilya Bryzgalov top shelf. They were buzzing the last 10 minutes and really had the Flyers on its heals but couldn’t finish.
Islanders on Saturday. Whatev. It’s only December.