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Penguins Report: Game Day at Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
0:00: After all penalties are sorted out, the puck is dropped and the Penguins hold on for the 5-4 victory.

Richards runs Fleury over as the Penguins quickly jump him. Letang suffers a cut  to his hand in the ensuing scrum.

The Flyers call timeout.

Carter scores again over the right shoulder of Fleury. Penguins 5, Flyers 4.

1:49: T
he Flyers pull Emery.

Emery makes a blocker save on Guerin as the Penguins winger comes down two-on-one with Kunitz.

The Penguins kill Orpik's penalty.

Fleury is out on top of his crease to take away the shooting angle for Scott Hartnell, and thus makes an easy save on the Flyers winger.

Brooks Orpik goes to the penalty box for Pittsburgh.

The Flyers kill off the second penalty to Coburn as action returns to five-on-five.

Carle's penalty expires and the Penguins are now up by just a single man.

Malkin draws a tripping call against Coburn by splitting the Flyers defense again. Dan Bylsma calls timeout to strategize for a 53-second two-man advantage.

Matt Carle is penalized and the Penguins return to the power play.

Tyler Kennedy one-times a shot past Emery on a great setup by Matt Cooke. Craig Adams starts the play by crushing Coburn, forcing the turnover. Penguins 5, Flyers 3.

Cooke and Craig Adams nail Pronger with a couple heavy hits.

16:07: Malkin nearly gives the Penguins their two-goal advantage back as he goes through the entire Flyer team before just missing the net.

Sergei Gonchar makes a great recovery to prevent a goal with a nifty pokecheck as Simon Gagne gets behind the Penguins defense.

Play resumes with the Penguins holding a 4-3 lead.


The Penguins lead 4-3 after two periods. Philadelphia keeps their shots advantage, 23-16, after outshooting the Penguins 11-6 in the second period.

The Penguins kill off the remainder of Staal's penalty and are back to full strength.

Jeff Carter finds a seam in the slot and beats Fleury to cut into the Penguins' lead. Assists go to Richards and Chris Pronger. Penguins 4, Flyers 3.

Philadelphia gets a two-man advantage as Staal gets a penalty for slashing Kimmo Timonen.

Crosby heads to the box for tripping, much to the delight of Flyers fans.

Fleury adds to his collection of glove saves tonight by making another on Mika Pyorala after a giveaway by Crosby.

Both teams push and shove behind the Flyers' goal after Emery makes a save on Mike Rupp.

Fleury maintains the Penguins' two-goal advantage with a glove save on a Richards' re-direction.

Both teams are at full strength.

Coburn, being pressured by Fedotenko, throws a shot off the left skate of his own netminder for the Penguins' goal. Goligoski gets credit as the last Penguin to touch it. Penguins 4, Flyers 2.

Malkin gets called for an interference penalty.

The Penguins head on their second power play as Matt Carle is penalized for holding.

14:34: Bill Guerin takes a pass from Kunitz and moves in on the breakaway, goes to the five hole and scores to give the Penguins the lead again. Alex Goligoski gets the other assist. Penguins 3, Flyers 2.

17:14: Crosby hits the post to Emery's left.

Briere scores again on a power play as a bounce off Matt Cooke lands right on his stick. Penguins 2, Flyers 2.

Chris Kunitz trips Mike Richards near the blue line and heads to the penalty box as a result.

20:00: Play resumes in the second period.


The first period ends with the Penguins leading, 2-1. Philadelphia has the advantage in shots, 12-10.

0:25: Crosby almost puts the rebound of an Alex Goligoski shot behind Emery, but the Flyers netminder makes an arm save.

1:09: The Penguins are at full strength.

Tempers flare near the Flyers' bench as Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko head to the box for Pittsburgh and Aaron Asham goes in for Philadelphia. Malkin gets the extra two, putting the Flyers on the power play.

7:49: Jordan Staal takes a pass from Malkin and moves in on the mini-breakaway and beats Ray Emery. Penguins 2, Flyers 1.

8:09: Daniel Briere directs a pass from Braydon Coburn behind Fleury. Penguins 1, Flyers 1.

8:50: Fleury catches a Carter shot in the middle of his crest.

10:55: Fleury comes up huge yet again, stopping Simon Gagne twice on the doorstep.

11:41: The Penguins kill Malkin's penalty.

13:07: Fleury makes a stick save on a snake-bitten Carter.

Marc-Andre Fleury robs Jeff Carter with a blocker save.

14:47: Malkin is penalized for tripping.

The Flyers' crowd continues to try harrassing Sidney Crosby with their chants.

Craig Adams squares off with the Flyers Ian Laperriere.

The Penguins strike first on a power-play goal by Evgeni Malkin, set up by Sergei Gonchar and Kris Letang. Penguins 1, Flyers 0.

Danny Briere heads to the penalty box.

: The puck drops and play begins between the Penguins and Flyers.

7:05 PM: As the Penguins and Flyers get set to renew their rivalry for the first time this season, here are a couple lineup changes. For the Penguins, Martin Skoula and Chris Bourque are the scratches. Philadelphia scratches rookie James Van Riemsdyk and defenseman Danny Syvret. Jordan Staal will start on the wing tonight with Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko.


5:41 PM:

Here are some pics from around the Wachovia Center:

Left is the "Ice Crew" locker room; Right, I guess is the hockey version of the bullpen car

Left is busts of Flyers team Hall of Fame members; Right is their Stanley Cup shrine (those cups are cardboard by the way)

Left is the wall leading to the ice from the zamboni honoring Flyers' greats; Right are replica banners hanging in the concourse

Obligatory ice shots

Left are all the hats collected over the years from when a Flyer scores a hat trick; Right is the jumbotron airing the Phillies-Rockies MLB playoff game.

2:46 PM:

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma spoke with the media outside the Penguins locker room. Here are topics he discussed:

On altering line combinations:
I'd like to have them stay the same the whole game tonight. I'm sure they'll be some different combinations you'll see.
On the playoffs series vs. Philadelphia last year:
The challenge for our team last year was that we were still getting better and honing our game. We were in that process at the start of the playoffs. Probably the greatest challenge was still getting better at our game and being matched up against a very good Flyers team in the first round ... They're a tough opponent for us. There is a battle level and intensity level between the two teams that is built in.
On responding after last night's 3-0 loss to Phoenix:
Any game after last night's game is a good chance to respond and see how your team reacts. It's not the first time in the history of hockey that a team has not played their best game. But the game after can be a good indication of where your team is at and how they're going to respond. To do it against the Flyers in this building, it couldn't be a better opportunity.
On the PK surrendering four goals:
I certainly don't like the number. I don't like losing the special teams battle. All in all I think our penalty kill has been the closest to what we want it to look like in our game. That's been the closest to how we should look and how we should play. Numbers are one thing but the way we've played aggressive and doing the right things, executing our game plan, the penalty kill has been good. Hopefully the numbers change.

In a funny moment, a reporter asked Bylsma if he thought Chris Pronger would introduce tranquility and peace to the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia rivalry.

Bylsma jokingly responded: "I would expect him and Ian Laperriere to bring out olive branches tonight and show why they're a part of the Flyers organization."


2:14 PM:
Some shots from Pittsburgh's morning skate:


1:42 PM:

Here are some sounds from around the Penguins locker room following their Thursday morning skate.

Sidney Crosby
On playing a game less than 24 hours after losing 3-0 to Phoenix:
You want to respond and regroup and get back to the way we know how to play. It's a good opportunity for us. We don't have to think about it too long. We can refocus here and get ready for tonight.
On the Flyers' lineup changes:
Every July 1st or trade deadline, (Philadelphia) is always working hard to make sure they make those additions and make sure their team is as best as they can be. It's not a huge surprise. You see that every year with them. They've added some key guys to their team, especially with Pronger. He's a big addition for them and a guy that will be there a long time. They only get better year after year.
On the rivalry:
There have been some intense games and that's the history of these two teams, even before I got here. We always expect intense and tough games. That's usually what you get. We used to play them eight times a year and have seen them in the playoffs. These two teams have seen each other a lot, that's for sure.

Chris Kunitz
On Pronger:
His experience throughout the league and his preparation, he is a true professional in that sense. He takes care of his body. He takes time at the end of practice to shoot pucks for guys that want to work on tips. On ice, he's a good passer and has that great shot. But he plays great defensively. He plays a lot of minutes against top lines. He's done it year in and year out. When you're on his team you see that you have to be a true professional and take care of yourself.


1:26 PM:
Penguins veteran Bill Guerin did not take part in Pittsburgh's Thursday morning skate. He was given a "maintainence" day from head coach Dan Bylsma. Bylsma, in an effort to keep his players fresh, has given certain players a day off to rest here and there.

The expected line combinations and pairings will be:


Marc-Andre Fleury will be in net.

11:12 AM:
The Penguins visit Wachovia Center for a showdown tonight with the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m.

The last time Pittsburgh played in this building was Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. In that contest, the Penguins scored five unanswered goals and overcame a 3-0 deficit to pull off a 5-3 victory and eliminated Philadelphia from the playoffs. Max Talbot's brawl with Dan Carcillo helped spark the turnaround.

(Watch Game 6 highlights here)

Here some shots from that game to refresh your memory:

(And check out the photo gallery from that game)
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