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Penguins’ Kunitz a late scratch against Philadelphia

Mar 15, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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If the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to beat the rival Philadelphia Flyers, they’ll have to do it without Chris Kunitz.

Kunitz was a late scratch for their game Saturday afternoon and Jayson Megna replaced him in the lineup. With Kunitz out, Taylor Pyatt replaced him on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Lee Stempniak. Megna started the game on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen.

Kunitz missed practice on Thursday with what coach Dan Bylsma called “bumps and bruises” and joined James Neal on the injured list for today’s game. Neal is out with a concussion.

  1. killerpgh - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Here is the play Kuntiz got hurt on. Around the :42 mark has a good overhead view that makes it look bad.

  2. bobhpine - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Pens top two D and top three wingers not playing today–Kunitz, Neal, Dupuis, Martin, Letang (Dupuis done for the year, Letang also likely done). It never ends for the Pens this season.

  3. bsfan77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Pens done for the year! Goooooooo Flyers! Dont worry, super girl Cindy will carry your team… lmao!

    • bobhpine - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Oh my God, 1975 was so long ago. LOL.

    • seniorteacherdot - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      You’re such a jerk but then so is your team–the bullies of the league.

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Bullies? Afraid of a little body contact? Thanks for confirming that your team is a bunch of figure skaters.

  4. ufostomper - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Rather be the bullies than the babies

    • sjsharks66 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      No you wouldn’t. Because when everyone calls you the Broad Street Bullies, all your panties get bunched up. Then you go on to tell everyone how you are not. Just saying.

      As for the game.. Flyers came to play and the Pens came to skate around. No energy from the Pens. Very one sided game this afternoon!

  5. murtdurt - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    How’s that 4th spot in the div? You comfy back there?

    • narfmoo12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      I’ll let you know when we make up the 3 extra games the Rangers have played.

    • bsfan77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      I am a Bruins fan. First place feels great, thanks. Looks like the Flyers were playing the Oilers today. Good thing you pay your no show superstars all that money. No depth=no cup.

      • chanceoffleury - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        Boston isn’t in the same division……

  6. ufostomper - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    How you feel about the possibilities of playing us in the playoffs? Can’t imagine you like it

    • bsfan77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      If the Pens play like they did against the Bruins last year my sons squirt team will beat them. Choke when it matters most and play your backup goalie because the “Flower” will flop again.

      • chanceoffleury - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        If you think that series was as unevenly matched as the final record made it out to be then you obviously didn’t watch it. It wasn’t entertaining because the “dream team” got crushed (okay, maybe a little entertaining for non-Pens fans in that regard), it was entertaining because aside from the time between the beginning of the third period in game 1 to the end of the third period in game 2, it was an all out goalie duel. There were great scoring chances and opportunities on both sides but Rask and Vokoun weren’t letting up. Last 2 games were prime examples of how you don’t need lots of goals for an entertaining game. Neal and Malkin must have hit 10 posts in the final 2 games, double overtime in game 3, and the final minute of game 4 with Malkin almost scoring and Iginla with the puck on his stick at the buzzer but Rask made the save. Those final 2 games are what the playoffs are all about. I’ll always give the Bruins credit for sweeping them fair and square, but if you removed the scoring plays and watched everything but G1 P3 and G2 then there’s no way you could have guessed the Pens got swept. To this day I can’t recall in recent memory where the Pens have played better team defense than in those final 2 games. If I wasn’t a Pens fan and didn’t know how the story ends, I could watch those last two games every day. Great, evenly matched hockey from both sides. Bruins just got the bounces and capitalized on 2 more chances than the Pens were able to, and that’s what gave them the ability to get the sweep. Props to them, but the Pens deserve a little more credit than not being able to beat your sons squirt team with the effort they put in once they got to Boston. Even if it is just a joke.

    • chanceoffleury - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      I have f&*^ing nightmares about it if I’m being honest…..

      Avoid the Flyers and Leafs at all costs. That’s my Pens playoff motto. It becomes one big s***show every single time they play either of those teams. Flyers are in their heads and they can’t handle the Leafs speed game. The Leafs get in their passing lanes and Bylsma and co. refuse to adjust. And perhaps I’m alone on this last one, but I’d honestly probably rather play Boston.

      • bsfan77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        I agree about the non adjustment by Bylsma. If the top 2 lines are not playing up to par then adjustments have to be made. Boston is rolling right now just like in 2011. They are playing lights out D and shutting down the neutral zone. Scoring from all 4 lines. I think they will take the east. Just not sure that anyone has what it takes to beat the west.

  7. ufostomper - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Ewwwww sick goal

  8. flyboystransport - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    4 to 0!!! Call whine one one the pens need a waaambulance!!!

    • bsfan77 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Pit fans start crying in 3, 2, 1….dive artists. Way to go Cindy!

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