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Crosby, Penguins smash Stars; Should Dallas be concerned?

Mar 18, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT

Much like fellow East power Boston, the Pittsburgh Penguins handled a team that needed two points a whole lot more than they did on Tuesday. Sidney Crosby produced a three-point performance in spoiling Kari Lehtonen‘s return for the Dallas Stars, who fell to the Penguins by a discouraging score of 5-1 tonight.

The Penguins were likely frustrated coming off two weekend losses to the Philadelphia Flyers and the Stars felt the brunt of that irritation. Here are the three goals Crosby was involved in points-wise, giving him 91 in 68 contests (after two pointless games against Philly, by the way):

The Stars are a high octane team with a shaky defense, so maybe it’s not so shocking to see this squad experience ups and downs. Regardless, it’s poorly timed; they’ve lost three in a row while looking vulnerable in their own end, as they’ve lost their last two by a troubling combined total of 12-3.

Dallas faces the very Flyers team that frustrated the Penguins in its next game, as they travel to Philly on Thursday. After that, it’s three-of-four at home before a challenging set of road games, so the Stars don’t have a lot of time to lick their wounds.

  1. flyersfan85 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Yyyyeaaaaaaaahhhh.. they found Cindy someone he could beat..where is toilet..you guys still runnng an AHL team….my bad you still watchi g the Flyersplay a real team…

    Lolollolollol..I dont even care if we lose…we had 4 posts..so..we took a real team to the end..not your playskool team..

    • flyersfan85 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Hey..no BS.. we will trade you Couts for Gina, Zatkoff, and your next 3 1st rounders. Well at least you wont have to face him the next 15 years..because you know he will be faqin in youfade that long..

      Who is your next games.. Florida, Montreal, Winnipeg.. probably.. but you dont need points..thank god, eh?

      • strictlythedanks - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        look what the cat dragged in

      • flyersfan85 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        Hang in brotha..the Pens Pussillas will be in soon to back you up with thumbs down.. but I got ya before the get here..faq that guy, eh?

      • blomfeld - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        Should Kennedy have been concerned when the motorcade slowed down to 5 MPH ?

        The bottom line is that Dallas is ‘screwed’ and their new fascist goaltender will do ‘nothing’ to help their cause in terms of making the playoffs. Phoenix and Minnesota are in, while the Stars, Canucks and Jets are history.

    • killerpgh - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      You do realize the Stars beat the Flyers 5-1 earlier this year right?

      • handsofsweed - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        No. He’s too busy faqin in youfade. B1tch.

      • flyersfan85 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:17 AM

        Yaaawwwnnn…. Whhaat..

        Sooorry.. earlier this year yeah.

        Next.

    • fbothharbaughs - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      EXCELLENT command of the english language…

      Stupid

    • pbhatesphilly - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Hi flyersfan85, welcome to the pens/stars post game thread! This is where we Stars and penguins Fanchon to discuss civilly the game we just played, so what the f*** are you doing here, undoubtedly a closet pens or Stars fan I guess, otherwise it would appear that you are just trolling the thread of successful team. I get it, you’re a flyers fan and I wouldn’t want to be reading about the flyers either. But it’s just like you arrogant Philadelphia fans to run your filthy mouth with nothing to back it up. The pens have how many cups, to be honest if I weren’t a stars fan I would have no problem rooting for the pens. So go back to your cave and wish your team was relevant because in reality you know they aren’t. And by the way the gold medal Canadian hockey team is going to be posing for photos and they wanted to know when Group would be available, oh wait Nevermind. His country mates deemed him not valuable, just like the rest of the hockey world. Lolo Lolo lol, ha ha ha ha ha ha. The flyer’s are so sad but you my trolling friend are pathetic. Long live the flyers getting beat down again this year.

      • pbhatesphilly - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        Fans. Giroux. Silly auto correct.

  2. penguins87and71 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Congratulations, your team beat a Penguins team that was so depleted with injuries it wasn’t even funny. If we had Chris Kunitz and James Neal over the weekend it would have been a different series. I can’t wait until April 12th, when all the Penguins are healthy.

    • flyersfan85 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      I cant either..and I hope that you have everyone healthy, no games for a week, the Flyers have pl0ayed the Nlues and Bruins for 8 games straight, we are down to nothing but Hartnell and all AHL players..so I dont have to hear your BS depleted roster excuse…please get better and soon..because we are looking great..and Raanta is 8 times better then flower..and we just trumped chicago..so whatcha got now b1tch..

      • flyersfan85 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        And i got my first thumbs down.. whatcha got you pouty pens b1tches..

      • 19to77 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Well, for one thing, literacy. And for another, Sidney f**king Crosby. But enough about the Pens, tell me more about how Steve Mason is going to backstop the Flyers to anything other than their annual hilarious playoff collapse.

      • handsofsweed - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Alcohol and questionable literacy is an entertaining combination.

      • PhillySN - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        I wish you weren’t a flyers fan. You make us all look like d-bags

      • flyersfan85 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:28 AM

        Cindy” Invisible” Crosby. Was what you meant 19to77. He was only relevant when facing teams far less superior then the Flyers…meaning Dallas. He and Gina were neutralized against the Flyers this weekend. My literacy is fine..thanks. Mason will do fine enough to shut your ass down twice… so.. there is that. But anymore questions? Really.. the others were kinda easy..

      • fbothharbaughs - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        & shouldn’t your moniker be flyersfan75?

      • bigrboland - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Thank you for you humor….whether it was intended or not. I honestly find it hard to believe that people are so stupid. I want to believe you’re not for real, but I know that’s not the case….I would call you retarded, but that would be an insult to the mentally handicapped who are much smarter and civilized than you appear to be.

    • flyersfan85 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      PhillySN. Wow, your best and only post was to degrade me as a Flyers fan without adding anything to support or refute your post.. and on this site which you know is overrun with Pens Pussies.. congrats to you. I guess I should take this second to officially announce my retirement..thererfore allowing PhillySN as the only rep.

      God help us!!! Go FLYERS!!

    • flyersfan85 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:50 AM

      So which of you Harvard scholars is going to school me on the proper usage or etiquette of English… hmm.. which.. ?

  3. penguins87and71 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    This is one of the best games the Penguins have played all season, all four lines were really good, and the goaltending was phenomenal.

  4. 19to77 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    “Wow, look how wide apart Crosby’s legs are!”

    I mean yeah it was a great goal and everything but that line though. Moments of accidental commentating greatness.

    • handsofsweed - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Followed by “I went to a Who concert with him in 1983!” And Steigy laughing at the obvious mental image of a hammered, mulleted Bob Errey. Classic.

    • c9castine - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      I’m embarrassed by those two it makes me ashamed to think people are watching them on NHL Game Center or something…

      they are obsessed with tall goaltenders.

  5. penguins87and71 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    I can’t stand Bob Errey or Paul Stigerwald, they are the most annoying announcers I have ever heard. They need to put Mike Lange and Phil Borque on tv.

    • toiletclown - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:21 AM

      borques a tool. should be lange and errey

    • gsr1191 - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      i agree. especially his comments when the pens are winning a game like 3-1…”you really have to hand it to the stars, they are still playing hard down 2 goals” really stigerwald? you expect them to just give up even though they are in the middle of a playoff race? they are just terrible. he also points out the shot numbers way to often, which is annoying.

  6. blackhawksdynasty - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    James O’brien seems to have a man crush on Crosby:

    “Here are all 3 goals that my Sidney was involved in”….post post post

    Worst blogger on PHT (not for loving Crosby, but overall)

  7. thomasvanek - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Why don’t they just rename them the Crosby Penguins because every single headline about them starts out with Crosby, Penguins beating someone. Just remove the comma.

    • toiletclown - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      he’s the best in the league, he gets multiple points every night. He is the reason why the pens win most games

    • hockey412 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      We had two goals and 3 points. I’m all for spreading the love when it’s earned, but I’m also all for giving credit where it was earned, and he earned it.

      • hockey412 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        I meant “He” not “We”

  8. penvik - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    PhillySN, yeah don’t worry, we have the same type of scum spewing verbal diarrhea on our side too.
    I discount anything from them going forward. Hope the battle of Pennsylvania lives on for a long time. Fun to watch!! Coaches nightmares but great for the fans.

  9. kastout11 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    I am not going to troll like flyersfan85, but honestly, this past weekend was a beatdown. Yeah, the Pens were missing a few players, but like everyone has seen, if you can shut down Crosby, which certainly is not easy to do, the Pens are very vulnerable. The Flyers just happended to shut down Malkin too. Any Pens fan that is not worried about the Flyers when they get into the playoffs, is just in denial or did not watch the games this past weekend or have not watched the Flyers since the Olympic break. McDonald has solidified their defense and they are playing physical Flyers hockey. I don’t think the Penguins are physical enough to stop the Flyers forwards right now, and Letang is a defensive liability, so don’t think he is going to be the savior. I hope the teams meet in the playoffs. It is always an entertaining series. The playoff push and the Stanley Cup Playoffs are going to be awesome this year, like always, but they are better when the Flyers are there.

    • pbhatesphilly - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      The flyers add zero to the playoffs, how many years do the flyers have to lose before you admit that they are futile. Whatever, couldn’t care less about the flyers or more specifically their putrid fans. Long live the angst and seething restlessness of the fly fan!

      • freefall0303 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        I’ve been to NHL and NFL games in Philadelphia – and I have to say those fans have shown themselves to be the lowest of the low – even if you’re not cheering against their team. It’s a combination of obnoxiously loud, ghetto, thug, and profane who seem to want to beat up people at random just for the alcohol-charged thrill of it. It’s as if Philadelphia was picked up somewhere near Beirut and dropped unceremoniously in PA. It’s a whole different culture.

    • hockey412 - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Well, the last game wasn’t a beat down, no. But the Flyers played the better game – because they have to – they are still wrestling with playoff implications. The Pens looked about as unimpressed as I’ve ever seen them play. There are injuries, yes, but even the healthy players looked slow. To be honest, I rarely see the Pens look good for afternoon games.

      There’s a lot of truth to what you are saying, but I don’t worry about Pens/Flyers this year (I have in the past). The simpler truth is that the Pens play has won them a certain place in the playoffs – the Flyers has not, as of yet. The Pens are in a mini-slump with a lot of people out. The Flyers were in one for half the year with everyone in.

    • bigrboland - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      “missing a few players” Understatement of the year. If you were talking about bottom six players, I’d might be ok with that statement, however we’re talking about James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, Paul Martin, and Kris Letang. These are top NHL players, not the AHL guys Crosby and Malkin have been forced to play with . You may think Letang is a liability, but you’d be mistaken. When he’s at his best, he’s as good as anyone in the NHL. Shutting down Crosby is not easy, but it’s much easier when he’s not playing with his normal NHL caliber linemates. Guys are being forced to play roles they may not be suited for and playing many more minutes than they’re accustomed to. Hopefully guys get healthy and back into the lineup before playoff time. Underestimating them then would be a huge mistake.

  10. denverwally - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    It would be nice if the Stars could convince Seguin to at least stumble into the defensive zone every now and then… talk about a cherry picker, I can see now why the Bruins wanted him out so badly. He has no concept of team play or defensive responsibility, he thinks its pond hockey.

    • hockey412 - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      I haven’t watched too much of him outside of last night, but the guy is like 5th in points this year and is a plus 13, and still has more takeaways than giveaways (tied for 15th in takeaways)…I don’t know if I’d go that far with it.

    • c9castine - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      im a pens fan and your not going to convince me Seguin doesn’t play all three zones I watched it with my own two eyes for only 4 games last year.

  11. darksidecowboy - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Should Dallas be concerned? Well considering they haven’t made the playoffs in half a decade and always melt down the final stretch, this has unfortunately been the norm. However I’m pumped for the future with Benn/Seguin & co. to get the king king sized gorilla off the team’s backs next season or possibly his season?!!. GO STARS!!!

  12. freefall0303 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    I’ve not seen this “thread” before – but what’s the deal on this flyersfan85 individual? It’s rather trite and inevitably boring to hear some little squeaky voice do nothing but trash-talk as if they’re something tough. The reality always turns out to be quite the opposite. Composed, articulate, and coherent comments are rare – yet very good so see and follow. Hopefully the flyersfan will read over some of his/her previous submissions and feel a pang of embarrassment. Likely not though. I’m hoping Pittsburgh can get and stay healthy for the run. It depends on the match-ups. I still don’t see them getting by either Anaheim or the Bruins. I think Pitt would beat the Black Hawks yet Boston won’t. At the end of it I think Anaheim will be standing (and I’m not a Ducks follower – but they are loaded. And tough).

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