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3 Impressions: Pens 6, Flyers 2

by Ashley Vesci / Pittsburgh Penguins

Ashley Vesci gives her three impressions from the press box of the Penguins’ 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

1. Coming in Hot
Throughout the season, the Pens have had a difficult time consistently having strong starts, but tonight that was not the case. Sidney Crosby’s line set the tone early with a solid scoring chance in the opening shift, and the team continued to build momentum from there. Crosby capitalized on the Pens’ first power play of the game. The fourth line kept the momentum rolling when Beau Bennett notched his sixth goal of the season on a great two-on-one play the very next shift. Now that the Pens have secured a playoff position, their No. 1 concern is perfecting their game heading into the postseason, and they are certainly making strides in the right direction with a start like tonight’s.

2. Firing on All Cylinders
The Pens have now won 12 out of their past 13 games, and much of their recent success can be attributed to the depth of their roster. The Pens have some of the best players in the league on their team, and lately, they have been showing what they are capable of. Crosby, Kris Letang and Phil Kessel are all riding six-game point streaks, Patric Hornqvist has notched a goal in three consecutive games, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Pens have scored 30 goals in their past six games, and the entire team has contributed. The Pens have had at least seven different names on the scoresheet in their past six games, and in their 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on April 2 all 18 players recorded a shot on goal. It seems that when every line is contributing, the Pens’ offense cannot be stopped.

3. For the Fans
Tonight was fan appreciation night, and the Pens showed the fans some love by winning their last regular-season home game of the year against their cross-state rival. The Pens won six out of their last seven home games, and they finished with a record of 18-4-2 in their final 24 games at home. The Pens’ defeat of the Flyers completed their third-consecutive weekend sweep, and they are now heading into their last three games of the regular season riding a six-game winning streak. Hopefully the Pens can close out the rest of the season with a couple more wins and earn home-ice advantage for the first round of playoffs, so they can have the best fans in the league cheering them on in Game 1.

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