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Flyers’ Voracek nets the hat trick in win over Penguins

Feb 21, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

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Just another typical Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins game – intense, high-scoring and exciting. No place for that in hockey.

The two teams combined for six third period goals, with Philadelphia jumping out to a pair of two-goal leads only to have the Penguins come back. The Flyers hung for a 6-5 victory on the road, thanks to a Jakub Voracek goal – his third of the night – with 1:31 remaining in regulation time.

“I was just trying to throw it at the net so someone could get a rebound,” Voracek told the Philadelphia Inquirer of his winning goal.

“But it took a lucky bounce and I’ll take it.”

The Penguins had just tied the game up on a Brandon Sutter goal with 2:03 left in the final period.

Needless to say, tying the game up and then giving up the winning goal within a 32-second span didn’t sit well with the Penguins post-game.

“It was entertaining for the fans,” Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“But I don’t think it’s conducive to winning.”

The Flyers played most of the game without their leading goal scorer Matt Read.

The 26-year-old Read suffered an “upper body injury” in the first period and did not return.

Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly wrote that Read took a hit from Penguins forward Chris Kunitz, and may have taken a puck in the chest.

  1. hockeyfan28 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Nice win and now the chance to finally get over 500 on the homestand

  2. Stiller43 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Vokoun was HORRIBLE tonight. 3 of those goals (#’s 1, 4, and 6) were COMPLETELY inescusable.

    • miketoasty - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      As a pens fan I agree. But, you also have to look at the play of the penguins after the first 5 minutes. I had a feeling that they would lighten up after a 2 goal lead early and they did. They were dominated in the second and mainly got lucky that the flyers took so many penalties in the third, because if they hadn’t that game s possibly 6-3 final instead of what we had. I’m not making excuses for Vokoun as he did have a terrible game but you have to give credit to the flyers for turning it around and getting on their game. Fun game to watch though and I can’t wait for the next one between these two!

  3. whiteqbs - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Game Of The Year

  4. broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Nice to see the Flyers spank the hens again. Even with the refs handing out 5 on 3s to Cindy and the girls they couldn’t overcome the men in orange and black

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:37 AM

      a biblical beatdown,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,beautiful man !

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      hahahah what game were YOU watching? Letang’s cross-checks on Rinaldo…when are those NOT a penalty? When your name is Couturier, and you’re doing the same thing to Malkin…why? Because they had already called too many penalties on those dirty little a-holes (now, if Malkin retaliates, THEN we’ll call a penalty hahahaha…real convincing). In his defense if I was Malkin I would have turned around and throated that little girl the same way Asham did to Schenn last year.

      Not upset with the win, but Orpik is right…they aren’t going to out ‘goon-hockey’ the Cryers…they need to stay focused. They Cryers are dirty little brats, and they always will be. There’s a reason they still have more minor penalties than anyone else…

      • ibieiniid - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        you are so horribly dumb.

      • yougotgirouxed - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        Dude quit crying. Why dont you point fingers at your own team for not getting it done instead of the Flyers for kicking your a$$ all night

      • wicky888 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        …… all I can say is ….wow.

        I could list everything that’s incorrect with your comment, but it would be a waste of all of our time. (I’m pretty sure your vast hockey knowledge dates all the way back to 2005)

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        No – it’s ok – please list everything wrong with it – Letang’s was illegal, but Couturier’s wasn’t, BECAUSE….go ahead!

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Do you ever, ever listen to yourself?? You constantly call the Flyers goons and cryers yet can’t see the same actions in your own squad. We’re dirty yet you call for seriously illegal play from your players? There’s no hope for hypocrites like you. The Pens made more mistakes. The Flyers made more plays when they had to. Pittsburgh lost. Philadelphia won. Get over it. Calling for blatantly dirty play when you’re frustrated is what dirty goons do.

      • dwdive - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        I think it’s really funny that a Pens fan is calling the Flyers dirty. Pens are the dirtiest team in the league. Classless, diving, cheap shot artists up and down the roster. Stop it already, you are making the good Pens fans look bad, you dumba$$

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Riiiigggghhhhht…the whole league I’m sure agrees with you…why is Philly leading the league in minor penalties, while the Pens are in the top five least? Any info/excuses on that?

    • jpelle82 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      did you miss the 5 on 3 the flyers had right before then? or the double minor pens took? the refs were pretty fair overall – look at the stats – only a 2 minute difference in pims and you can thank max talbot for the 5 on 3, cant close your hand on the puck – pretty clear cut there

  5. 950003cups - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    When a dilapidated team like the Flyers bests a healthy team like the pens, it’s am obvious embarrassment. Well deserved win. Pens fans are not only the least intelligent in all sports, but also the biggest front runners on earth. PITTSBURGH = GREAT TEAM = GARBAGE FANS

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Such an intelligent post from such an intelligent, completely non-idiotic commentor (national publication clip below….and you prove it to be correct)

      Worst Sports Fans in America:

      Over the years, Philadelphia fans have booed Santa Claus as well as their own star players. They’ve even booed a guy who just helped the city win a friggin’ World Series title—while he was getting his ring. Boooo! Admittedly, there are some things fans have cheered. Like Michael Irvin’s career-ending neck injury and a fan being tased on the outfield grass. Things reached their nadir last season, when Citizens Bank Park played host to arguably the most heinous incident in the history of sports: A drunken fan intentionally vomited on an 11-year-old girl. The truth is this: All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. “Some of these people would boo the crack in the Liberty Bell,” baseball legend Pete Rose once said. More likely, these savages would have thrown the battery that cracked it.

      • ryanrockzzz - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        You had me until this grossly inaccurate post.

        You can hate on Phillly all you want, but when you cherrypick facts like booing Santa Claus (which was a small section of about 30 fans, that happened well over 20 years ago, and was stemming more from the game itself then the fans actually booing him) you can’t really say your any better then that poster who bashes Pens fans with the vocabulary of a 2 year old.

        And yes….I am sure in the entire history of baseball, football, basketball, and hockey…that no fan has ever vomited on another intentionally….even though the story says it wasn’t exactly intentional. But please…continue.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        This wasn’t my post, but thanks for the insight. This was published in a ranking of the worst fans in America last year.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        First of all, not only did we boo Santa, we chucked snowballs at him…and this was in the 80s or early 90s, really you think puking on a little girl was the most heinous act? Because I’m pretty sure it was that kid out in LA who was nearly beaten to death opening day after the giants won the series, the puking thing was pretty egregious and didn’t make anybody happy but you clearly look up philly fan mishaps just to take shots at people on a hockey website, pretty cool, I’ll bet you’re dating manti te’o’s girlfriend, too, must be a busy guy

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        hahahaha rigggghhhhhht…once again all these Cryer fans were just hanging out minding their own business, not doing ANYTHING wrong, when I came around and blew it all up. Nice try, mouth.

      • parkway4 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Rose was a douche. Flyers give lemuiex s standing ovation, but were all bad fans. Like remember when we went bankrupt? Me neither. You are the biggest butthurt pos on here and attack the people of philly constantly instead of enjoying an amazing rivalry. It’s ironic you call them the cryers…good one.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        The santa incident is a total misconception that happened over 40 years ago. I’ve said this before on this site but …. it happened on a hideously snowy day that thousands of Philadelphia fans braved to see a terrible Eagles product. Management had cut corners putting out a horribly inept squad combined with an even worse coaching staff. The fans felt as if they deserved better, and they did. The real santa didn’t show up because of the weather so the front office decided to pull a skinny, drunk worthless excuse for a Santa off the streets and threw him in an oversized suit. He was an embarrassment. It was just another “F U” from ownership to the loyal fans who paid good money for a horrendous product. So yeah they booed. And threw snowballs. And it was justified. The national media continually fuels misconceptions about Philadelphia fans because it makes for better ratings. What about Canucks fans almost destroying the City of Vancouver after losing? What about SF Giants fans beating someone to death? What about Browns fans almost knocking out numerous refs in 2001 with debris after they disagreed with a call? Or the White Sox fans who charged the field and attacked a Royals coach? All fanbases have jackasses but there’s NOTHING that makes Pens fans superior to Flyers fans. No matter how aloof and superior you think you are. And just bringing up those stereotypical “philly hate” examples shows how uninformed you are.

    • paresident21 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Hahaha hockeywithdrawl your so butt hurt the pens lost. Keep quoting a GQ article about sports cause they know sports right? What about the giants fan beat nearly to death? What about the countless stabbings and shootings at 49ers vs raiders games? This stuff happens everywhere, but go ahead and pretend it only happens in philly. Your obsession with our city is sickening get some help, ill send you a flers decal for your car since they are on your mind 24/7

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        I didn’t make the list, paresident…you can argue your case to them. I just thought it was interesting that of all the horrible fans out there, Philly ranked #1 AND #2 as the worst. It’s most likely not a fluke, especially when the rest of the country sees it as well. Nothing good comes from Philly, bro. And they aren’t on my mind so much as you guys just NEVER shut up.

      • Phillies Homer - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        Of course any national publication is going list Philly #1… because it’s just what the reputation of Philly fans has… and if they don’t list Philly #1 then the person who wrote the piece is going to come under fire by either his editor or any one who reads the article.
        Lately, there is far worse going on in other stadiums (induced vomitting excluded). Stabbings/Beatings in the west coast… classlessness of Boston fans mocking Torrey Smith over his brother’s passing… Can you imagine the headlines if this were to happen in Philly? But, most of it is second page news…
        People who write publications like that are only out for “views” or “hits” … so they appeal to reputations and what their perceived readers want to read. And what better way to get reader appeal than to constantly bring up booing Santa/Irvin, etc…
        I’m not saying we are saints… but, it’s all reputation at this point. Except for idiots like the vommitter… what a dirtbag — but give us all a pass b/c he was from Jersey, nothing good comes from Jersey…

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Right Homer…everyone’s out to getcha. Has nothing at all to do with you guys personally, right?

      • paresident21 - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Well hockeywithdrawl your proving the pens reputation for being whiny and classless, keep it going there buddy your giving all the fellow pens fans such a great name by acting the way you do. Its funny none of them defend your idiotic posts evwn your fellow fans know how dumb you are. Get a life you being nothing intelligent to the discussion.

  6. nickynick04 - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    I have no respect for the Pens….built on picks aquired for a decade of the most pathetic team in the NHL.
    Good organizations remain middle of the road during lean years..NOT THE PENS..
    They were the armpit of the NHL for over a decade and were rewarded with super draft picks.
    Not that the system is wrong , the Pens were just outright pathetic and the their front office was the worse in the league.

    • upyoursnfu - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      But yet they managed to win 3 Stanley Cups to the Flyers 1 since both teams came into the league….keep crying. Your tears taste deliciuous.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        The Flyers have 2 cups. The Pens have 3. Math class must have been tough for you growing up.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      what the eff are you even TALKING about? Goon hockey is much better….right. Let’s put out our worst players to play dirty on their best players and see if we can get them to take penalties. They only people that respect that kind of hockey are Philly fans (for reasons shown above) and Mike Milbury, for obvious reasons…

      • goodolejr - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Haven’t you noticed how heavily the thumbs-down outweigh the thumbs-up on ALL of your posts? Seriously we get it, you prefer the taste of Crosby’s semen over a cheese steak anyday. And that’s fine. Can’t all be winners.

        And seriously, calling the Flyers the “Cryers” when your team is known throughout the league as having the player that whines the most is laughable.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        I’m sure all your 12 year old friends will find that comment adorable.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        And the Flyers aren’t even at .500, dumbass. Winners? Ohhhh you mean just that one game..hahahahahaha

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      The Pens have 1 second overall pick and 2 first overall picks on their roster right now, and one of those first overalls didn’t even play last night. Aside from that, Fleury is a goalie anyway. Yes, he was a first overall, but he is more realistically a late first round or second round pick in the sense that you can’t even utilize him as an NHL regular for 2 to 3 years.

      I’ve said this before, but the Flyers have a pair of Top 5 pick Schenn’s, Voracek is a 7th overall, Couturier and Coburn were both Top 10 overall picks. It’s not like the Flyers are playing with scrubs. They have a lot of high draft picks on their roster. The bottom line is that neither team is playing with bottom feeders that weren’t supposed to make the NHL. A lot of the guys on both rosters just have natural talent and came with high expectations when they were drafted. The “pure draft talent” of both teams is pretty even when you consider Dupuis and Kunitz were both undrafted and Neal was a 2nd rounder.

      • trigzter - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Hard to compare the two teams here. The flyers didn’t draft the schenns or voracek or coburn. Pitt had to be bad for 4 years straight to line up their picks.

  7. jonkchar - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    yeah that’s one way to look at it.

  8. csilojohnson - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Still below .500 trolls. You guys are pitiful.

  9. antmel30 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Hey pitt great captain -3 on the night for the chosen one. Baby jäger with the hat trick. We just filled out a hurt feelings report for the pitt fans. They should just change their new arena to the Wells Fargo center because the flyers own pitt at their building. Great fans no home ice advantage. If a guy jumps off a bridge we know its hockey withdrawal. His mighty pens blew another lead to a younger tougher flyers team.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      +/- is a really bad stat – often times its not an accurate representation of how a guy is playing, but rather his ice time and his competition. Giroux is a -3 on the season but that’s not a fair characterization of his play.

      If you actually had any sort of hockey knowledge and wanted to make an indictment of Crosby’s play last night you should note that he a) was too cute entering the offensive zone, b) didn’t pull the trigger quick enough on some of his opportunities, opting to pass instead and c) couldn’t keep his team’s heads in the game when it started to get chippy. It’s true, it’s scathing, and its not about cherry picking some meaningless stat.

      Oh, and it’s Jagr not Jager.

      • miketoasty - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Also to add on to steelpensbucs, not that the season is over or anything, but the Pens are fighting for a top spot in the east while the Flyers are fighting for 8th place. A much more important stat than one players +/- in one game.

      • wicky888 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        I truly enjoy reading your comments. Everything you say is correct. Pointing out facts is much harder than simply mashing”Crosby sucks” or “1975” into the keyboard. Too many fans from both sides come on this site to run their stupid mouths with zero hockey knowledge. It’s nice to see I’m not the only one that realizes it.

    • itripledogdareyou - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Really antmel30??
      Critcizing a player who is tied for the NHL lead in points and assists with such a misleading stat as +/- for one night? LAME. As a Pens fan, I thought the Flyers have contained Crosby as well as any team for the past 2 years. Its not a knock on Crosby per se (maybe more on Bylsma), but I mainly credit the Flyers for good strategy and good play against them. Great game, glad both teams came to play!

  10. steelpenbucs87 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Tough game for the Pens last night. This illustrates two issues that the Pens have had for the past couple of years (one specifically against the Flyers, and one just in general):
    – Lack of a killer instinct: when you get up two goals early you need to put teams away. Sometimes when you let someone crawl back into it you can pull out a win (see at Buffalo), but you need to be able to put things away so things like last night don’t happen.
    – Composure against the Flyers: generally speaking the Pens are a decently disciplined team, but the Flyers seem to have a knack for getting guys all riled up. Don’t know if it’s Bylsma or someone else, but someone needs to keep these guys heads in it when playing against Philly.

    The trolling is out in full force I see – not surprising or unwarranted because that was a big win for the Flyguys last night. Is there anyway we can have Scott Howson fired a second time for sending Voracek to Philly for Carter? Yikes.

    One other thing I’ve noticed: when you’re trash talk revolves around sweeping indictments of a franchise – like when the Flyers fans talk about how we had a rough 6-7 years, or when the Pens fans talk about how we have more cups than the Flyers do – it usually indicates that you don’t have the ability to put together a cogent argument or observation about the teams. It’s lazy.

    A lot to learn from last night for the Pens. Enjoy your win Flyers fans – we’ll see you again in 2 weeks.

    • goodolejr - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Finally, someone with some sense around here. Seriously, damn good post. It’s nice to see a post like this instead of ANYTHING posted by “hockeywithdrawl.” Just like not all Flyers fans are terrible, I guess not EVERY Pens fan is terrible either haha.

      This really was a great game. I was worried at first with the Pens dominating play for the first half of the 1st. Thought it was going to be like our game against TB after beating the Panthers 7-1. Luckily Lavi used his magical timeout to turn things around. Next game should definitely be interesting.

    • officialgame - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      It’s nice to here from a true hockey fan not another imbecile talking trash. Excellent post Steel.

  11. hockeyfan763 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I don’t know what was more entertaining, the game or reading this battle of dimwits.

  12. dcent87 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    The refs gave the penguins every possible call in that third period. But the flyers still win it! Great game!

    I love reading the butt-hurt hens fans with whipping out the “Philly fans are the worst”. I’m sorry, I forgot their out on the ice playing hockey

    • steelpenbucs87 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      The refs didn’t give them a chance to win – all three of the calls at the end of the third were the right calls: Knuble with the high stick drawing blood, Fedotenko hitting Neal in the head with his stick off the draw (which was CLEARLY unintentional on Feds part but a penalty nonetheless) and the Talbot hand pass too – its a new rule but its still the correct call.

      Either way – enjoy the win. Front runner for game of the year by a MILE.

  13. Steeley McBeam - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    It was a fantastic game, tied with 1:30 left to play I’m not sure why Flyers fans are beating their chests like they won 7-0 again. That game could have gone either way, especially with Fluery between the pipes.

    Cant wait for #3 and 4 then whatever the playoffs bring!

  14. broadstbully33 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Withdrawal came out of hiding? You’re a loser. I don’t know why pht even allows your no knowledge comments anymore. You’re just pathetic at this point.

  15. broadstbully33 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Lol did u see Neal dive after being tapped on the helmet. That was so funny you would think Ali just punched him he went down so hard and fast. What a bunch of divers. I saw about 8 dives from the pens last night it was so entertaining to watch I didn’t even mind it. If anyone came within 3 feet of a pen they went a diving. It was such a spectacle

  16. broadstbully33 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Crosbys line was -10 that’s a pretty terrible stat

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      How were they -10 when the Flyers only scored 6 goals? Unless I’ve been living a lie, the only way to subtract a point is by the other team scoring while you’re on the ice, no? The worst any line could have been was a -6.

  17. yougotgirouxed - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    There is nothing the Pens fans can do now that they got beat in dramatic fashion at home so they just hate on the Flyers fans and Philly. butthurt pens…smh

  18. rdurk86 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I think both teams’ goaltending and defense are pretty pathetic. Case in point, end of the game, Vokoun out of the net, and inexplicably, the Flyers vacate their own zone, and Malkin gets entry on a 2 on 2. How do you not have 4 guys back in your own end with 10 seconds left? The coverage in front of the net for both teams was a joke all night. Soft goals let in all over the place. Awful positioning on the PK in some cases.

  19. flyboys12 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Hey, as a guy that has played the sport for 21 years…went to Pitt and grew up in the Philly area, I can appreciate both sides of the argument. Steelpenbucs87 at least makes a valid, fairly unbiased approach to last night. Granted, I am extremely pleased with the win last night. It was a phenomenal game to watch. I about sh*& my pants every period. Pens fans are as diehard as the Flyboys fans. So naturally you are gonna have the trolling. It was a great game, and as much as I disklike Cindy, the kid has talent. It’s undeniable. I am sure they say the same thing about “G”.

  20. mclovinhockey - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Umm pens took the first 2 goal lead, Philly took the 2nd.
    Great game and a fantastic rivalry. As much as people love blood no one likes injuries so hope Read and Harry Z are okay.

  21. tooozy - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    That was the greatest regular season game I have seen in my lifetime. If you were on the fence about being a hockey fan and had the chance to watch last night’s Flyers/Penguins game and still dislike hockey, you must dislike sunny days too.

    As a Flyers fan, it was great to see them get the two points. I thought the Penguins were going to tie it with 15 seconds left in the game. Long way to go, but I’d be excited for another Flyers/Penguins first round playoff match-up (although I’d prefer to see it in the semi-finals).

    Hopefully the Panthers don’t bring us down to Earth tonight. That would be sad.

  22. flyboys12 - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Ah they shouldn’t. The flyers needed that 7-0 win on the Island. Restore a little bit of confidence. I do have to say thought, I think people are underestimating the Flyers 4th line. There is a reason Rinaldo has stayed in the line up. The guy is pure energy. I do have to give him props for playing “semi” smart last night and not dropping the gloves. I thought Lavy did a great job of matching the O’line’s last night. Defensivly, both teams sucked (IMO).

  23. officialgame - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Every time I see the Pens go up by 2 I think the Flyers have them right where they want them.

  24. mclovinhockey - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    The refs did make some questionable calls like they do every game. For example, Harry Z got a boarding call, then there was clear retaliation which is always called as well ( roughing or interference would fit to call there) and there was blood drawn which is an automatic double minor. Refs only called the boarding, giving the pens a PP… However the call could have been a double minor for boarding as well cause it was a harsh hit. So the refs perception of the play really is the questionable aspect of the calls but overall the calls were fair.

  25. govtminion - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoy seeing intelligent hockey posts from both sides’ fans in here amongst the mouth-breathing drivel. Thank you to those of you who actually discuss hockey instead of making lame jokes at each other!

    That was a great game, but neither team can be very happy with goaltending the day after (I know I was glad I benched Bryz on my fantasy team!). Vokoun looked awful- a sentence uttered far too often last year around here in D.C., for sure. Some of those goals- from BOTH sides- were almost embarrassing. But, the game was everything you expect from these two teams- high scoring, lots of penalties, a photo-finish… if I wanted to get a friend interested in NHL hockey, this would be the game I’d want them to sit down and watch. (Since I love a good defensive struggle, I thought Blues/Avs afterwards was even better, mind you)

    I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping the Flyers and Penguins find each other again in the playoffs. The fans deserve more of this!

  26. crashtheboards55 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    As a Pens fan, the problem with this game was the fact that the Pens got outworked and got their butts handed to them. The Flyers baited them into playing a different game and taking stupid penalities. Yes the 7 cross checks to Malkin’s back were a bit excessive but that is 1 series and the root of the problem is that lack of focus and responsibility by the Pens as a team. Enough of blaming the refs, the Flyer fans or the weather. Their isn’t enough physical presence from the pens defensemen in most situations. They need to be more physical and clear the front of the net no matter who is goal. Their play has been so inconsistent and that is the fault of the coaching staff and players for lack of focus and concentration. They Flyers played their game and they won. Its that simple. Hard work will always beat those with talent that are lazy and last nights game proved that point. As for the fans comments, I have been to games in Philly and it is no different than Pittsburgh. Ignorant fans both places. But as fans from both sides have pointed out, the fans out West of the dodgers, giants, 49ers, Raiders, etc are on a completely different level of idiocy.

  27. broadstbully33 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    The line combined for a – 10…

  28. philly4lyfe - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    for the love of god, please stop bringing up santa claus when you dont know anything about it or why it happened. the person who was supposed to be santa that day couldnt get there due to poor weather. so they picked a guy out of the stands as a replacement. the guy was COMPLETELY wasted and was the worst excuse for a santa claus in the history of santa’s. he absolutely deserved every boo and iceball that came his way. it aggravates me until no end that people still make that same tired arguement regardless if they have any clue about the actual facts or not. its the most overblown incident in all of sports.

  29. phillyphannn83 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    isithockeyseasonyet February 21, 2013, 12:08 PM EST

    First of all, not only did we boo Santa, we chucked snowballs at him…and this was in the 80s or early 90s
    Don’t you ever, EVER make a post about anything related to Philly and use the term WE when you say ridiculous things lie this!!!! If you’re going to try to use a fact then get it right!!! 80s or early 90s???? Try 1968!!!! It was 44 years ago. Thank you for being a pathetic representation of Philly fans. You’re obviously about 14 if you think this happened recently as you have not had the inclination yet yo educate yourself abut the history of your own teams. What an embarrassment.

    I just got a huge reality check of the age and maturity of the rest of you when only phillyphanatic77 is the only person who has any clue about when this actually took place. Even Ryanrockzzz was wrong while getting the basics of the story right. It was waaaayyy more than over 20 years ago but at least you knew it wasn’t recent. And it wasnt only about 30 people who booed him, the ENTIRE stadium booed him and it was about 300 that pelted him with snowballs.

    You youngins need to realize that there’s a standard of “fandom” you could call it, that you must live up to if you’re going o come to a public forum like this and represent the entire fan base. You have a duty and obligation to the rest of us to actually look up stats and facts before running your mouths, we leave that to Pitt fans.

  30. phillyphannn83 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    See what I just did there?? I criticized my own because in Philly, we demand excellence. We don’t accept mediocrity or half-assed effort. The rest of you don’t understand that and perceive that as being bad fans when in reality, its what makes us the best. Just because you don’t understand something, doesn’t make it wrong.

  31. phillyfanmatt - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    My favorite comment was nothing good ever comes out of Philly. Lets see if I can come up with a few. 1776 and the Declaration of Independence I guess that wasn’t good. The first library, the first fire department and the first mint all came from where? That’s right where oh ya Philly. A world renowned children’s hospital I guess Philly doesn’t have one of those. Bill Cosby he is from Philly. Larry Fine of the Three Stooges was from Philly. Wilt Chamberlin some would consider him the G.O.A.T in basketball came from Philly. Mike Schmidt, while not from Philly, played his entire career here and is considered the greatest 3rd basemen of all time. Should I continue?

  32. Anthony Maiorana - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

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