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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 in 1985.
But unless the Penguins do it, unless they become the fourth NHL team to come back from 3-0 deficit and win a best-of-7 series, Wednesday night’s 10-3 victory won’t be remembered as a display of defiant pride. It will be remembered as a display of what all these Penguins could have been, of all that slipped away.
The Penguins’ stars looked like stars. The Flyers’ goaltenders looked like, well, Flyers goaltenders. It turned into a rout, and an electric building lost its power.
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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...
They’re back on in Pittsburgh tonight for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarters. It is a Friday night so we expect some sort of crazy **** to go down with the Yinzers. Can’t believe there hasn’t been some Pens-Flyers fan ass kickings in this series. YouTube has been firing blanks. Nothing. Step up your game, drunks.
You Pittsburgh hardos going to let Philly drop Brokeback...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
We don’t know what Dan Bylsma’s plans are for Game 5 tonight. The lineup will most likely be Marc-Andre Fleury in net and the rest will be a game-time decision as usual. Tonight’s lineup will most definitely look different from Wednesday’s stompjob since James Neal and Craig Adams have served their Shanabans and Paul Martin’s injury could be healed up, but one thing...
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...
There has been absolutely zero media outlets that you can look at that doesn’t mention Marc-Andre Fleury or the Penguins’ defense as starting points for what’s gone wrong for the Pens this postseason. Cheap shots and shenanigans aside, giving up eight goals in back-to-back games is going to get you nowhere.
But to let Fleury shoulder the blame just because he’s not saving...
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...