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from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, On the day it started, exactly one week ago, I thought the Penguins-Flyers series would be lengthy, nasty, and as likely to be won by Philadelphia as not.
I still think all those things, for what it’s worth, and take no satisfaction from the Meatloafian two-out-of-three already established. I expect the Penguins will get to their feet tonight and begin a win streak of two, three, maybe even four games, and if that looks foolish before 11 o’clock, well, it won’t be my first time.
Also on the day it started, also one week ago, you couldn’t find anyone who suspected the Penguins were short-handed behind the bench, from where Dan Bylsma had directed more playoff victories than any coach in the history of the franchise.
One week ago, the Penguins had no serious problems, few marginal problems, and zero problems that could be traced to within 10 logical miles of Bylsma.
So look, it’s obviously too late for any essay that could earn a t...
BEST OF MAXIM
After the mayhem that was game 3 the Penguins will be without 3 forwards tonight for a critical game 4.
James Neal will be suspended for one game after two consecutive hits he placed on Flyers players in the third period on Sunday.
Craig Adams will be suspended also for one game for instigating a fight in the third period on Sunday.
Aaron Asham will be suspended for 4 games after...
'AN ABSOLUTE JOKE'
It's OK for hockey fans to express their hatred toward Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, but when an opposing broadcaster does it in the middle of a game, that's the definition of trouble. In Game 3 of the Penguins-Flyers series on Sunday, Crosby continued to add more fuel to the fire of this already intense rivalry. Philadelphia radio broadcaster Chris Therien called Crosby...
Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal was suspended one game and Arron Asham four contests by the NHL for their actions during Sunday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
Neal belted rookie Sean Couturier during the third period before he was whistled for a charging penalty against All-Star Claude Giroux later in the session...
Pushed to the brink of a sweep, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal pushed back with a vengeance, helping the Penguins score nine goals in the first two periods in a 10-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday in their opening-round playoff series.
Staal had a hat trick, Malkin scored his first two goals of the series and Crosby added one to help...
Over the past couple days we've heard a lot of people get really upset about how other fans have "turned on the Pittsburgh Penguins." We've heard Sidney Crosby say that "this is when you lean on your fans the most." We've seen people throw around the "you're not a real fan" card far too often.
We've been attacked for not...
It took forever, but Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s czar of discipline handed out two additional suspensions to the Pittsburgh Penguins late on Tuesday night.
James Neal was suspended for 1 game by the NHL for leaving his skates to hit two separate Flyers.
James Neal, the 40-goal scorer who took two separate runs at Flyers Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux 42 seconds apart in Game...
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo, Can they do it? Yeah, they can do it. The Pittsburgh Penguins are good enough, the Philadelphia Flyers are vulnerable enough and this series has been crazy enough, that’s for sure. It’s been the highest-scoring series through four games in NHL history, featuring 45 goals, one more than the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers produced back...
Mike Colligan is one of the most rational human beings we know. And he nailed it with this:
With the Penguins facing elimination on Wednesday, reporters who boldly insisted the Penguins would waltz through the playoffs are now scrambling to justify how their predictions ended up so wrong.
Colligan then takes his balls from the mouths of several media members...
I have no idea what’s gotten into the Philadelphia Flyers as they’ve taken a commanding 3-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins by scoring a mind-boggling eight goals in each of their last two wins, but at this point, you’ve got to believe the Flyers have a very realistic chance of bringing home Philly’s first hockey title since way back in 1975 (my God, it’s been that long...
Here are some stats for you heading into tonight's Game 4 matchup between the Flyers and Penguins (courtesy of Sam Carchidi, @BroadStBull):
-In a total of 90 playoff series since 2006, there have only been 13 sweeps (14%)
-The Flyers are 3-6 all-time in games where they have an opportunity to sweep.
-James Neal and Sidney Crosby lead the Penguins with 5 points a piece in this...
Pens 10-run Philadelphia on Wednesday, stave off elimination
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Seven Questions For the Masses
Craig Adams and James Neal return for Game 5. Who do you sit?
Who impressed you in Game 4?
Who disappointed you?
Do you put Paul Martin back in the Game 5 lineup if heâs healthy enough to play?
Do you go with six or seven defensemen...