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Flyers hold on against Pens, earn top spot in the East

Dec 9, 2011, 1:46 AM EDT

Jaromir Jagr AP

The Flyers have made a habit of huge comebacks lately. Last Friday, the Flyers came back from a three-goal deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks. Then last night, the Flyers roared back from an early three-goal hole to beat the Buffalo Sabres on Versus.

Tonight? Tonight they tried to flip the script.

The Flyers jumped all over the Penguins and controlled the first two periods of the game. But in the third frame, the Pens came with a late charged and almost gave the Flyers a taste of their own medicine. Instead, they came up short and the Flyers escaped with the 3-2 victory to vault them into the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The win was particularly big for a couple of former Penguins. Max Talbot joined the Flyers after parts of six seasons in Pittsburgh; Jaromir Jagr signed with Philadelphia after making his mark on the league with the Penguins a decade ago. Both know that they aren’t the most popular men in the Steel City these days.

Jagr was able to joke about missing an empty net after the game. “Their fans were happy that I didn’t score and I’m happy we won the game. I just make everybody happy. You have to find a way to make everybody happy. That’s what I did.”

The high-scoring Flyers have been able to get it done this season with the best offensive in the league, but Thursday night featured some great team defense for the first half of the game. It was the defense that served as the catalyst for the win against the Pens. They’ve won four straight games as they go into their rematch against the Tampa Bay Lightning this weekend. You may remember what happened the last time the two teams played.

For the Penguins, they showed in the final period that they can generate plenty of pressure without their sidelined captain. Regardless, they will need a more complete effort on Saturday against the Islanders before they (presumably) get Crosby back for Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings.

Even though the Pens got off to a hot start this season, the better keep it up. The Flyers aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.

  1. somekat - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    So when does Malkin get suspended for trying to take Giroux’s head off?

    Oh yeah, that doesn’t happen to Mario’s Pens

  2. abrienza428 - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Yeah, cause Letang didn’t get suspended earlier this season or anything.

  3. hague507 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    “For the Penguins, they showed in the final period that they can generate plenty of pressure without their sidelined captain.” Seriously?

    • abrienza428 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:29 AM


  4. enrgy2burn - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    i agree that malkin should be suspended (if ville leino got suspended, so should malkin). if giroux didn’t see it coming and react accordingly, it could have been an ugly hit. just because malkin wiffed doesn’t make it ok, the intent was there!

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    It is funny how the media purposely neglect the fact that the Flyers are missing their captain too. A little biased wouldn’t ya say?

    • abrienza428 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      The Flyers’ captain isn’t the best player in the world, and his leadership involves stealing pucks when he loses, so….

      • trigzter - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:42 AM

        yep he’s a future HOF’er but he’s not very good

      • abrienza428 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        Nobody said he wasn’t good

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

        Haha right. Anyone who knows hockey knows how valuable Prongs is to the Flyers. The Flyers are missing their captain too. Yet you rarely here the hockey media talking about it. Yet Crosby is slated to miss TWO games and the hockey world needs to stop because he isn’t playing. No one will deny his talent, but there are many superstars in the NHL. The has and will exist if Crosby is or is not playing.

  6. bowens3181 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    No you implied that his only leadership qualities involve stealing pucks, which either makes you ignorant or dumb, because I’m sure that the members of the three teams that he has brought to the SCF needed more than just his puck stealing skills to help them get there…

    • abrienza428 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      I was just heckling. Haha. Calm down. I never said/implied those were his “only” leadership qualities. I know people like you get in fits when people say something good about Crosby while bashing another player, so I do it for kicks and giggles. You bought in to it!!!!!!

      • bowens3181 - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:16 AM

        I actually really like Crosby and am quite aware that he is the best player in the NHL, so no, I didn’t buy into whatever you were trying to do, I simply don’t like when people who don’t really know anything about hockey act like they do. Chris Pronger is future hall of fame defenseman who is one of the better team guys in the sport, and you’re reducing his contributions to stealing pucks?

  7. congratsyouareanidiot - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    The Flyers have the best current player in the NHL right now in Giroux. abrienza428 is acting butthurt. Someone needs to stop babying Crosby. He doesn’t have a new concussion, and he needs to earn his paycheck. This is ridiculous.

    • abrienza428 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM


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