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Discuss: Penguins blow out Flyers, stay alive in series

Apr 18, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

Considering all the goals the Pittsburgh Penguins scored in the first three games of the series, it almost seemed weird that they faced the prospect of being swept. After falling behind 1-0 and 3-2, the Penguins gave the Philadelphia Flyers a bit of their own medicine with a brutal, record-breaking comeback. Pittsburgh won 10-3 to bring the series to 3-1 in favor of Philly.

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Surely you’ve had your own sub-conversations already, but here are a few other things to chew on.

  • Should Flyers fans alter their chants? Game 3′s “You can’t beat us” doesn’t look too wise right now and “Crosby sucks” always seemed a little bittersweet. (Sidney Crosby had three points tonight.)
  • Jordan Staal scored a hat trick in a balanced offensive effort for the Penguins. Does he qualify as an “X-factor” in this series?
  • Marc-Andre Fleury had a rocky start but was “perfect” in the final two periods. Could it be possible that he’s getting his confidence back – a bit?
  • Speaking of goalies, who should the Flyers put in net for Game 5: Ilya Bryzgalov or Sergei Bobrovsky?
  • The Flyers came back from a 3-0 deficit in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals. Could the Penguins give them some of their own medicine this year?
  1. lasallehockey81 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    More ugly hockey and terrible goaltending. Hope JVR is ready to go on Friday so I don’t have to see Rinaldo dress for the rest of the playoffs.

    • crosberries - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      I love it when your “fans” turn on a team that’s up 3-1 in a series mocking your goalie when they make a save

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM

        I dont know why “fans” is in quotes like they’re fair weather. I’d like to remind you when the Flyers finished last in the standings, they were 3rd in attendance. When you get a 10 spot put on you in a playoff game, I guess you’d like a pat on the back? Come on, stop reaching for things.

  2. gmc173 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    they could have lost 35-0 it is still 3-1 Flyers…..

    • benzoids - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:46 AM

      Never take your foot off the snake. It is not like the Flyers have held the Pens off the scoreboard. This could get interesting. As Ben Crenshaw once said, “I’m not a big believer in fate..but I gotta good feeling about this.”

      See you in Pgh.

      • maalea - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        It’s apropos that you quote a golfer, As your boys will be calling for tee times come Saturday.

      • benzoids - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        lmfao. Good one. I guess I walked into that. It ain’t over yet.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        touche. thumbs up for you maalea

  3. reachers87 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Here we go boys. Next one on Friday.

  4. reachers87 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Not that easy mentally to recover from a 10-3 loss in hockey.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      On the contrary, I always thought it was harder to get over a really close loss than it was to put a total disaster of a game behind you.

    • greggoldberg - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      Is it really THAT much worse than 8-5 and 8-4 on consecutive days? Is it THAT much worse than two years ago when the Sharks lost 7-1 while up 3-0 and clinched the series the next game?

      It’s still 3-1. If they lose the next game in a similar fashion, then you can start playing the mind games card.

      • polegojim - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        Exactly – one game score means nothing. Pens win 4 in a row? NOT.

      • hystoracle - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        As an unbiased observer, I would say that before the series started if I would have been forced to pick one team that could sweep it, I would have picked the Pens. Primarily because of their defense and goaltending edge. I wouldn;t count them out just yet.

        Philly needs to put them away when they have the chance. If this gets to Seven – look out!! Pens do have 2 at home.

  5. caps247 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Aww… Well that’s hockey for you. Anything can happen

  6. mungman69 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Flyers in trouble.

  7. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Hey man.. At least philly got the goaltending situation resolved…leighton is still there

  8. ravenscaps48 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    File this one under : “Throw this game in the trash, light it on fire, extinguish it, then put it on fire again!”

  9. ironcitydonnieiris - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Depends who shows up as a goalie for each team. The goalie or their mother. Pens get a win to extend the series but no one can predict what will occur on Friday. I only hope refs keep another controlled game so that hockey prevails vs another UFC show.

    • wicky888 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      I agree with keeping both teams in control, but the refs over-officiated that game last night. I understand not wanting them to brawl, but at least let them play hockey

  10. napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Enjoy the win – but recognize that it’s just that, 1 win.

    Hopefully Fleury gains a little confidence. Hopefully the 7 defenseman strategy becomes the play for the rest of the series. Pens fans, raise your glasses and enjoy the win, but the score remains 3-1…

    • aglumac - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      And recognize that you need four to win a series and you dont have that, and if not for a free goal on an offsides in game 1 and this series would be totally different, and still isnt over, guess Bryz was counting his galaxies before they hatched

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM

        I don’t disagree with anything you just said. I’m a pens fan as well. Just trying to maintain some level of perspective.

        Regardless of what’s come before I hit post on this statement, we still need to win 3 straight. It’s possible, but difficult. And I just want pens fans to (and players for,that matter) to focus on the task at hand

      • jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        the pens won 10 in a row and 9 in a row this year. the 10 game streak included wins against teams ottawa, boston, nyr, nashville so its feasible but highly unlikely. i like the fact that they dressed 7 d men last night. match-ups seemed to work in the pens favor by double shifting malkin/crosby a lot.

  11. chasemutley - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Fire away, pine & berries. You have more then enough refueling to last you until Friday. We will talk again on Friday night. — “You Can’t Beat Us (in Pittsburg)”

    • bmscalise - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      I’m pretty sure that the Penguins have never won a game in “Pittsburg” either. Like ever.

  12. steeltownpride - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    If you lose there is no tomorrow . Take it one game at a time . Win friday night so you can continue . We havent done anything yet . Gotta win friday night . Good team chemistry and defense finally showed up .

  13. HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Hahaha. Worst performance ever. Perfect game to follow up on the Penguins worst game ever

  14. malkinrulez - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Geno,no heart? The man had 109 points 6 mos. after acl surgery and carried pens all year . I believe!

  15. ucfknight00 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    This series should be tied 2-2 and everyone knows it. Pens should have kept their foot on the gas in Game 1 like they did tonight and they would be tied right now. Everyone predicted a long series to begin with so the fact that Pittsburgh extended it tonight shouldn’t have come as a shock to anyone…

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      But… They didn’t

      • stepasidesue - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:26 PM

        Yeah, you’re probably one of the fans (not) that didn’t show up for the third period. Fans don’t walk out in Pittsburgh no matter what the score. When your own fans boo you, that sucks!

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Haha yeah Pens fans don’t walk out when things go bad. They just don’t show up at all.

    • maalea - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      You’re right. Fans in Pittsburgh don’t walk out when the Pen’s suck.

      When the Pen’s suck. No one shows up and the franchise hits bankruptcy and almost leaves town.

  16. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    How do the flyers fans think “Bryz” might do for another six weeks? Humangous beeg?

    • greggoldberg - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Crap, the last time he got embarassed by the Penguins in mid-late February he went on a streak that got him March Player of the Month.

      More worried about the possibility that he’s still injured than anything else.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        he wouldnt address the foot in post game interviews. i think judging by how slow his push is from post to post he might be suffering a little bit from that lingering foot issue.

    • maalea - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      That’s funny.

      I guess Malkin doesn’t have a Russian accent?

  17. stakex - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Its easy to win games when you have 14 minutes of power play time (7 strait penelties) called for you in one period. The refs might have called quite a few penelties on Pit in the first…. but seems pretty clear what their objective was in the second. I mean who can blame the league for wanting to extend this series. It is the most entertaining, and they can’t have their poster child swept now can they?

    I don’t really care either way to be honest. I hate both these teams and the more they beat up on eachother the better…. even if it is with a ton of BS penelty calls (and bad goaltending….cant forget that) extending the series just to keep the ratings high.

    • aglumac - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      Ya that is totally the reason for Philly losing 10 to 3, but every Pens fan is cry baby if they mention anything other than how manly classy and spectacular the flyers are

    • jason4587 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      Oh I love the league intervening angle. If the NBC brass were so intelligent about what type of shows make ratings we wouldn’t have had to endure Joey, or Community, or the XFL.

      The truth is; conspiracies are not what bring sports down, its talking about conspiracies. I’m a Penguins fan and the first 3 games were soley the responsibility of the Flyers being better. Period. The Pens won tonight because they played with desperation. No conspiracies, no bad officiating. No “we have to keep them on TV”. And good night.

      J

  18. jasndc75 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Rinaldo wont have the option to be dressing Friday

    • aglumac - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      Ya, imagine a flyer not being the epitome of classy, totally out of character

      • dbick - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        Man, I remember a time before “anchorman” when almost no one mentioned the word “class” or “classy” every time they discussed sports. That was a great time to be alive. I miss it.

      • chizmo - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        hahaha no we are upset about the usage of a pretty common word and blaming it on a movie?

  19. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Greggoldberg…how does
    Philly goaltending strike you?? Cup worthy??

    • ml3939 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      It has been better than the Pens for 3 of the 4 games so far. The last time the Pens scored 10 goals in a game in the playoffs, the Flyers went on to win that series.

  20. joewilliesshnoz - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    What a great game to be played in front of a bunch of scumbag fans . . .

    • ml3939 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      You should probably have your family reunion somewhere else next time.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        zing!

    • stepasidesue - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Of course most of them left before the third period. Fair weather fans! Not to mentioned they boo their own team.

      • cleverbob - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM

        Thought I saw plenty of empty seats in the 3rd period of game 2…

  21. Stiller43 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    If they could hold a 3rd period lead, they’d be up 3-1 instead of down 3-1 right now…*sigh*

    • jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      and if briere was called off-side it might be tied. oh well

  22. sucks2suck28 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    i loved the look of the empty wells fargo center 10 minutes into the second, shows how many bandwagon fans philly has

    • ml3939 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      Really, bandwagon fans? The Flyers’ arena is filled to capacity even in those few years when the teams sucks. The Pens only fill the arena when they are doing well. When they are not doing well, fans don’t show up and there is the threat of bankruptcy. If that is not bandwagon mentality, what is?

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      I find myself having to keep remind people to look up facts before they post… This isn’t any different. Since they came into the league, the Flyers fans have proven to be anything but fair weather. Have we ever been threatened to have them leave the area? No. But you have. Last in the league? 3rd in attendance. Now, if you want to debate Phillies fans… I might side with you. But certainly not Flyers fans. I mean you guys even get on us for not winning a cup in forever right? Yet the fans still show up don’t they?

  23. steeldoeboy - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    I’m a Pens fan….it’s a 3-1 series now..nice win but it’s still only 1 win we need 3 more.Let’s Go Pens….1 period at a time,1 game at a time!!

  24. puckyouall - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    THAT’S 1 !

  25. dawglb - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Pens win Friday 3-2…..(that will be the score of the game) . Philly wins the series in 6 games.

  26. dawglb - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Suck2suck28, I may have a ticket for you to game 6. It could be yours if you wear your Penguins jersey…….to the game. Let’s see how mouthy you ‘ll be AT the WFC.

  27. imprintmatt - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Why do I see nothing about the elbow geno threw on gross man which now has him out of the series… Clearly throws an elbow to the back of grossmans head. Now he is out w a concussion… Do superstars like Malkin get a free pass on cheap shots?

  28. riotact13 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Here’s why we hate Crosby. He thinks he deserves special treatment and that he is above everyone else. He is a baby in what he says and by his actions. Now look at a guy like Callahan for example. We hate the Rangers and Callahan but there’s a “hockey respect” there. You can appreciate the kind of player he is even though you dislike him.

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