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Sidney Crosby gives Pens another quick lead

Apr 13, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby scored the first goal of the 2012 playoffs on Wednesday night as he fired a backhand shot over Ilya Bryzgalov‘s glove less than four minutes into Game 1. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain didn’t even wait that long to make it 1-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2, as he fired home a bombastic one-timer just 15 seconds in.

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Crosby’s lightning-fast goal ties Greg Malone (Ryan’s dad, by the way) as the fastest in team playoff history, by the way.

Naturally, the other half of the story is the natural questions that will come about Bryzgalov’s state of mind – even if it’s kind of tough to fault him for that tally. (And just as this post was about to publish, Chris Kunitz deflected a puck by Bryzgalov, making it 2-0.)

Then again, many of the Detroit Red Wings’ goals were of the variety that not many human netminders could stop, but that didn’t stop from Breezy looking awful at times in the last two playoff series. His Phoenix Coyotes teams had a tendency to fall behind – particularly in last year’s ugly sweep – but the only bit of good news is that the Flyers obviously have more firepower to make comebacks. They’re also flat-out used to coming from behind; Sam Carchidi points out that this is the ninth time the Flyers have been down 2-0 in the last 14 games.

To give you a little perspective on Crosby’s already-impressive body of work in the playoffs, try this on for size: his 32 career postseason goals ties Ron Francis for fourth all-time in Penguins franchise history.

  1. philly4lyfe - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Is letang taking swimming lessons out there?

    • spiffy53 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      swimming? i thought he was shot. call the police and do an investigation. wait, what? he’s ok? ah, the famous pittsburgh acting at it’s finest. they might have to change their name to the pittsburgh canucks by the time this is done.

    • steelcityfranchise - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      hahah….you wanna talk about dives?! i love that monster hit crosby put on grossman to draw a penalty. the hypocrisy is unbelievable!!

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        Its a pick yeah-hole !

      • steelcityfranchise - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        i don’t know what a “yeah-hole” is so i’ll just ignore that. i know what a pick is and that was not one.

  2. schartz55 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Just because you enjoy the company of men doesn’t mean you can’t score in 15 seconds.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    The penguins are an embarrassment to hockey ! Letang threw his head back so hard I was hoping it bounced off the ice and he hurt himself !

    • steelcityfranchise - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      you are an embarrassment to life. you philthy fans are absolutely insane to think that your team is not cheap. the problem is our players are focused on each game because they are fabulous and therefore subject to criticism by losers. nobody cares about a rinaldo or schenn because they are lame and cheap. get over your jealousy of the pringles can and soup can and worry about your own team.

      SCA

      • vismund11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

        This is probably the most piss-poor rebuttal I’ve ever read. Well done soupcanahole

  4. challer9 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Got 3 games going on and go figure the only hockey article posted is about Crosby.

  5. writeit22 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Wow Crosby! Dupuis! Letang! Staal the entire champion team- great game smart opponent and Pens win. Love you Fleury!
    Is Malkin on fire tonight or just smokin the ice?

    • challer9 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      Fleury is garbage dude, chill out.

  6. challer9 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    And by Malkin “being on fire” you mean getting thrown around like a rag doll and not even getting to his feet before he looks to the ref to expect a penalty, yes he’s on fire.

    • vismund11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      How bout him getting schooled by a 19 year old kid named Sean Couturier? That’s him being on fire.

  7. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Is it me or do the penguins players all have noses that look like the episode EYE OF THE BEHOLDER in the old twilight zone series ! TWILIGHT ZONE PIG NOSES ! Google it and check it out !

  8. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    The flyers are giving this big bad picked to win the stanley cup penguin team all it can handle by the looks of it so far ! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAAHAHAh Dooby Dooby Do !

  9. hockinj25 - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    The only thing that matters is the final score. We’ll see what happens.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Your right, and that score will be FLYERS 5 Pittsburgh Floppers 4 end of regulation no overtime needed tonight ! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Dooby Dooby Do !

      • hockinj25 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        I’m not a Penguins fan so all of the hahas weren’t really necessary.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

        Iam sorry,,,, I was wrong and I have no problem admitting I was wrong the score was 8-5 with two count em two Flyers hat tricks ! HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHa !

  10. vismund11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Try and sensationalize Crosby all you want, you know who was sensational?? Couturier, a rookie, and Giroux, an amazing/underrated player.

  11. areyesrn - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    knock knock

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