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Scott Hartnell wants the Flyers to steal a game of their own

Apr 21, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere AP

After the Flyers’ tough 3-2 loss in Game 5, the talk was all about what Marc-Andre Fleury did to steal a win for the Penguins. Flyers forward Scott Hartnell is feeling a little jealous of that sort of effort and wants to see his team do the same. columnist John Gonzalez hears from Hartnell about how he wants to see their defense and goaltending pull off a big game before it’s all said and done.

“It’s time for our defense and our goalie to win us a game,” Hartnell said. “It’s nothing that we need a goalie to make those stops on. Bryz is not playing bad, but we’d love to win 1-0 and get a shutout and move on and get some rest and get some guys healthy.”

That would make for a great plan for the Flyers, the problem there is the Penguins are bringing all sorts of heat their way as well.

Jordan Staal has had an electric series as have other Pens role players all while the Flyers defense hasn’t looked strong and Ilya Bryzgalov has had his share of issues too. If the Flyers do follow Hartnell’s suggestion, they’ll be able to get a little bit of rest as they just need one more win to move on.

  1. FoozieGrooler - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    You should have finished off the Penguins when you had the chance.
    Too late now…

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      The Penguins are the heavily favored pick to win the cup the pressure is now on the Pens since they have tightened the series up !

      • kitshky - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        You keep trying that line …but no matter how many times you try and sell that “logic” it aint gonna work.

        According the Philly fans, when Flyers were up 3 – 0 the Pens were worthless, now that they’ve won a couple games all of a sudden you want to try and sell the Flyers as underdogs? The pressure was on the Pens after game 3, nothings changed there … as far as any new pressure it’s sitting directly on the Flyers shoulders.

        They had the Pens on the mat and all they had to do was put their foot on the throat of a team full of “whiny” “diving” “crybaby” “jokes” …and now Hartnell is hoping they can steal a game!? Come on, we all know who’s feelin the crunch now.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        No see thats how it works if you are heavily favored ! If Ali was fighting a tomato can in a seven round fight and the tomato can won the first three rounds then the heavily favored Ali started to impose his will in the next two rounds the pressure is still on the champ for the final two rounds to close it out ! Oh yeah,,, and buy the way tell Vegas that they won’t have to pay out if the Flyers upset the heavily favored Penguins ! So your logic that the pressure is not on the pens is HEAVILY flawed !

      • kitshky - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        No read it again, I said the pressure is on the Pens … from Game 3 on. Right now the fresh pressure is cleeaarrly on the Flyers.

        What makes me laugh is going into this series, and certainly after they won 3 games, there wasnt a positive thing said about the Pens …and now because you’re getting a lil worried you’re hedging your bets by calling them Ali on the ropes.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Oh now it fresh pressure on the Flyers, the Flyers have been cool as a cucumber ! That little hissy fit that the penguins threw at the end of game three, was that fresh pressure or was that built up pressure because things were not gone the heavily favored Pens way ? The pressure is on the heavily favored pens and they will crack ! They will crack again when they realize at the conclusion of GOD BLESS AMERICA (in the words of Sonny from the BRONX TALE !) “WE asked you nicely to leave ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,AND NOW YOU CAN’T LEAVE !”

      • crosberries - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        I believe your boy “g” threw a hissy fit at the end of game 5 smashing his stick off the goal and then throwing it. If that isn’t frustration setting in I don’t know what is.

      • aglumac - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        You obviously have no comprehension how betting in Las Vegas works, the Pens where the favorite going into the playoffs, that much is correct, if the Pens lose that is the best thing for Vegas, becasue they win the most money. They don’t want an underdog or longshot to win because they have to pay out more. Thats why the whole “the fix is in” argument makes me laugh, if they were going to fix it, it would be to make the Pens lose, so they wouldn’t have to pay on the team most heavily bet on. Who would you rather be in game 7, a team about to make history, or a team that is about to have history made on them?

      • aglumac - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        Also, Giroux’s little melt down at the end of game 5, and Hartnell being this clearly dilusional, is all you have to say about where the pressure is at. Pressure bursts pipes, and Philly is clearly bursting at the seams.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        Flyers in 6. Still…

  2. num1eaglesfanyo - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    When they had the chance? Still two more games bro

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Scotty I would like to enlighten you to this fact your goaltender is not a thief you are gonna have to go out and TAKE THE GAME !

  4. phillyphever - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Ok Hartnell, you talk the talk. Now please walk the walk (or in hockey’s case skate the skate) and win tomorrow.

  5. gary15217 - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Though I am a die-hard Pens fan, I still think the Flyers take the series. History is just too much against them. However, if they win tomorrow, all bets are off. A game 7 favors the Pens for myriad reasons ranging from the psychological edge to their superior offensive firepower. We shall see….

  6. dsd3 - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    It was a one-goal game yesterday. I’m not going to cry about Fleury playing well for 2 periods when he’s played horribly for the other 10 he’s played.

    • bmscalise - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      How about the fact that the Flyers haven’t had an even strength goal since Game 3. Are you going to cry about that?

      • dsd3 - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM


  7. ironcity6pak - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    1-0 shutout?!? C’mon mannnn!!! Not happening and pressure is not on the Pens. Pressure is on philthydelphia since the series was over a while ago. Ut oh, now it’s game six and Claude is breaking sticks over nets after games. Monster is out of its gage and Flyers don’t have answer for Staal oh and the Flower is back. GO PENS!!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Have another beer ,cash your unemployment check, talk about the old closed mills and get a clue !

  8. ironcity6pak - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Whatever makes u feel good man, watch any sports network or listen to any sports radio. They all say the same thing, pressure is on the flyers. Especially that all their goalies are Swiss cheese.

    • maalea - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Let me get this right, Pen’s lose and they are done but the pressure is on the Flyers?

      OK. Let’s ask any Bruin fan if they think the pressure is on the Caps. Caps are going home with a 3 – 2 lead as well. I bet Ovi doesn’t sleep well tonight.

      Now, I know why you are such a douche nozzle. You listen to Pittsburgh sports talk radio. I bet you think that Madden a$$hole really knows hockey.

    • dsd3 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      Yeah, Fleury hasn’t been “swiss cheese” in this series or anything … you keep telling yourself that.

  9. myvickinabox14 - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Ironcity, im glad to see that you can make your own opinions. How’s it feel being a lamb? Come up with something original to say. Filthadelphia, Andy Reid is fat, mike Vick kills dogs, The steelers have 6 rings. Oh yea, your from pittsburgh. My bad, you aren’t that smart are ya now big guy. Ok, just keep saying things that you have already heard and never come up with your own opinion. I understand. Good job big guy, your doing a great job at being a real person. Filthadelphia and I are really proud and you really got us. Dumbass.

  10. rehmer2389 - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    There must be something in the water in Pittsburgh. No one can spell correctly nor can they form proper sentences and use correct grammar. Keep talking all u want. When this series is over tomorrow you will all crawl back under the rocks that u were under after the first 3 games.

    • jeffsmith123 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      Funny I don’t remember seeing the word U in the dictionary. Typical Philly fan. Trying to be intelligent only to have their true ignorance show up instead.

  11. ironcity6pak - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Did I hurt your feeling mydickinabox? Relax bud, I must have hit a sore spot making fun of you you beloved city. Actually I work within minutes of that ass crack of a city that only survives because of one good children’s hospital and ivy league school.

    • jeffsmith123 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Ummmm…there isn’t an ivy league school in Pittsburgh. We do have one of the best colleges in the country (CMU) but that isn’t ivy league and the campus doesn’t have to be fenced in like Temple. By the way Pittsburgh ranks number 18 in best cities for health care in the country. I would guess that can’t be as you say from just one good hospital. Where is Philadelphia ranked? Don’t know cause they didn’t make the top 50. I tell ya these Philly hockey fans are dumber than a rock.

      • bmscalise - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        Dude- he is talking about Philly – where U of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League School – is located.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      You mean our city provided a job to your sorry broken down steel mill ass ?

  12. aglumac - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    The Pens had to win 4 out of 4, the Flyers 1 out of 4, the Pens have had desperation, but trust me, if the pens win game 6, the majority of the pressure, internal and external, will be mostly on the Flyers, how do you explain to a GM, coach, and fan base how you couldn’t win one more game against a bitter rival especially after being so judgemental toward the Pens play in game 3, and their holier than thou attitude. If there is a game 7, and the Pens have a commanding lead heading into the end of the game, the Flyers true colors will show. Those are big “ifs” but after the first three games, who thought we would be watching a game 6.

  13. ironcity6pak - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Amen aglumac!!

  14. ironcity6pak - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    jeffsmith123 I was referring to Philly not Pitt mannnn. We’re on the same team guy. Lol

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      Example of idiots of Pittsburg !

  15. myvickinabox14 - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Ironcity, first, mydickinabox is an actual thing, it’s a song, and it was the reference to which my screen name is after. Again, good job homie. Second, when trying to bust balls, use correct grammar. You you isn’t grammatically correct, good try though man. I don’t really have to say anything else. Your an idiot and your showing everybody here that you are. Good try though sport. Keep on trollin.

  16. rehmer2389 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Hey jeffsmith. Look around at the rest of your fellow pens fans and you’ll realize that you sir are surrounded by idiots that are “dumber than rocks”

  17. steeldoeboy - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Boy Philly fans are talking about correct spelling and grammar?Pittsburgh is spelled with an “H” at the end of it….not Pittsburg and that’s not the first time you’ve spelled it wrong.Hint:Spellcheck!….Wow…and u keep talking favorites and all that spew….this is coming from a fan of the “DREAM TEAM”!!!

  18. ironcity6pak - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Okay my dude, now all u have to come at me is with being “grammatically correct” you like that, looked that word up in the dictionary.

  19. sleepers108 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    U pens fans are idiots even you dumb asses are fighting with one another too funny!

  20. myvickinabox14 - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Cause you can’t even make a legible sentence. I’m surprised you can even read. I’m still not 100% sure you can. But, like I said earlier. Good job sport. Keep it up man. Your really getting the best of me. I still haven’t heard you come up with an idea of your own tho. Just making fun of me for making fun of you first. I know you can do it Ironcity, squinch your eyes and think real real hard, and I am sure that you can come up with something original to get me with. It might give you a headache, but that would be minor in the huge personal victory you would get for the day. Your gonna need it after tonight’s game too

  21. cohiba1200 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    flyers flew over the pengs i was hoping for some harder hits to crosby but the win was good enough for me i bleed orange an proud of it

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