The clock runs out and the Penguins crush the Flyers, 6-1. Jordan Staal
scores twice, Sidney Crosby
has three points (1G-2A) and Evgeni Malkin
has two points (1G-1A). These two teams will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday night in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is now 2-0 this season against the Flyers.
Malkin takes a shot that goes wide of the net and goes the length of the ice before firing a wrist shot past Boucher for the Penguins second shorthanded goal of the game. Penguins 6, Flyers 1.
Don Farr Moving and Storage Moves of the Game:
Godard takes a roughing penalty when he retaliates against Carcillo right in front of the penalty box.
This time it is the entire arena in unison chanting "Go Home Flyers."
Pittsburgh is 1-for-4 with the man-advantage as Briere comes back onto the ice.
The Penguins head to their fourth power play as Danny Briere is sent to the box for hooking.
After a long cold spell Ruslan Fedotenko is back at the top of his game. He takes a drop pass from Malkin and unleashes a slap shot over the glove of Boucher. Godard gets the second assist. Penguins 5, Flyers 1.
The first "Go Home Flyers" chants can be heard throughout the arena.
Great chance for Pascal Dupuis
to join Crosby and Staal in double digits in goals but his spinning shot from the slot is sticked away by Boucher.
The chances are better once again but the Penguins fail to make Hartnell pay for his penalty.
Hartnell receives a standing ovation - for taking a holding-the-stick penalty.
Hartnell gets into a fracus after the play yet again as the crowd loves seeing a sign degrading the Flyers winger on the Jumbotron.
Kunitz feeds a streaking Crosby who flies down the left seam and sends a powerful wrist shot off the shoulder of Boucher.
The Penguins kill the Fedotenko penalty.
Carcillo might rouse fans and his opponents the wrong way but he narrowly gets his second goal of the game when he kicks a rebound past Fleury. After review it was determined Carcillo did use a distinct kicking motion.
As usual, the fans are creative with their signs at Mellon Arena.
The fans are not happy when Fedotenko is penalized for boarding Carcillo. Of course, the crowd did love seeing Carcillo sent to the ice in pain.
19:49: Chris Kunitz
destroys Carter with a shoulder check in the far corner of the Flyers zone.
The Penguins look to improve to 2-0 this season against the Philadelphia Flyers.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Kris Letang
leads all skaters with five shots on goal.
- Craig Adams
is the only Penguin to win more faceoffs than he's lost at 6-5.
- The Penguins have blocked 10 Philadelphia shots through 40 minutes.
Between periods the Starkist Penguins Shootout was shown on the Jumbotron. Watch some of the great moves pulled out by the youngsters below:
The Penguins take a 4-1 advantage over the Flyers into the second intermission. They are outshooting Philadelphia, 25-18.
The Penguins add a potentially crushing goal to the Flyers' comeback hopes. Crosby skates the puck down the right side and feeds Letang for a wrist shot. His shot goes off the left pad of Boucher but Staal skates through to tap in the rebound. Penguins 4, Flyers 1.
Richards shot from the right-side boards is deflected by Jeff Carter as it gets to the net but it doesn't matter anyway as Fleury makes the glove save.
Rupp gets a roughing penalty for hitting Ryan Parent after the whistle following an icing call.
Carcillo gets open from point-blank range and his shot either goes off Fleury or the post.
Enjoy tonight's Shearer's Crunches of the Game:
Kunitz steals a breakout pass from the Flyers along the right-wing boards but rings the puck off the post. Seconds later Boucher snarls a Crosby chance in his chest.
Sure, everybody is a fan of head coach Dan Bylsma after the beginning he has had to his Penguins coaching career. This fan has been a long-time Bylsma supporter.
Kennedy throws a shot through the slot and Rupp deflects it off Boucher on his backhand and almost gives the Penguins a 4-1 lead.
The Penguins don't score on their second crack with the man-advantage but they show signs of becoming a dominant unit.
This revamped power play seems to be working for the Penguins. They move the puck at will against the Flyers before Boucher gloves a slap shot off the stick of Malkin.
An inside-outside move by Malkin forces Kimmo Timonen to take a holding penalty.
Fans cheer as a one-timer off the stick of Staal nails Richards in the back of the leg.
Great save by Boucher to rob a deflection on top of the crease by Malkin. Alex Goligoski had the original shot from the right point.
The Flyers use their timeout after they get called for icing.
Letang hits Malkin flying off the bench for a one-timer but Boucher knocks that shot away with his right pad.
You never know what you are going to see when you visit Mellon Arena.
Tonight's Nemacolin Woodland's Top 5 features great moments in the Penguins-Flyers series:
Thanks to their power play the Flyers have a 4-2 advantage in shots thus far in the middle period.
Fedotenko steps out of the box and the Flyers are now 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Flyers get their third power play as Fedotenko is penalized for interference.
The Penguins look to build upon their 3-1 lead.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Sidney Crosby
was the only Penguin to record more than one shot with two.
- Crosby also led the Penguins with 7:30 of ice time.
- Crosby and Craig Adams
each won five faceoffs to lead the way.
After one period of play at Mellon Arena the score is 3-1 in favor of the Penguins. Each team had nine shots in the opening frame.
Huge shocker, putting Carcillo and Richards on the ice together leads to a battle after the whistle between the teams. It feels like playoff time has come early this year.
Totally dominating shift by Ruslan Fedotenko, Staal and Tyler Kennedy
. The Penguins are continuing to create odd-man opportunities for themselves with their speed and discipline.
Malkin is out of the box as the Penguins ice the puck and kill the penalty. What a crowd here at Mellon Arena tonight.
It's the Penguins who score with Malkin in the box. Orpik wraps the puck around the boards to Matt Cooke
, who feeds Jordan Staal
streaking through the middle. Staal skates the puck the length of the ice and roofs a wrist shot over the glove of Boucher for a shorthanded goal. Penguins 3, Flyers 1.
Malkin heads to the penalty box for the second time, this time for tripping.
Guerin almost helps Pittsburgh regain their two-goal advantage when his shot goes through the crease on the rebound of a Letang shot.
Philadelphia doens't take long to make Malkin pay as Carcillo sends the rebound of a Carle shot deflected on the way through by Richards past Fleury. Penguins 2, Flyers 1.
Malkin is sent to the box on a tripping penalty.
A special congratulations to Ryan LaDuke, winner of the 2009 Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship. Click here
to read about LaDuke's honor.
Thanks to some of his actions in recent games, Hartnell is now the target of the fans' ridicule in place of Mike Richards.
Jeff Carter nearly gets the Flyers on the board when his snap shot gets past Fleury and hits the post to the right of Fleury.
12:44: Kris Letang
and Scott Hartnell had a run-in at the end of the last meeting between the teams. Letang talked to reporters today about that incident:
As Carcillo heads to the locker room to get his hand looked at, he takes the time to try silencing the crowd, which of course was booing him. Not sure if he realizes but that move has already been done between the two teams. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, however.
The Penguins realize the team with the most goals wins the game. Crosby's wrist shot from the right points sneaked through the legs of Boucher and Guerin was there to toss the puck into the open cage. Penguins 2, Flyers 0.
Fans boo during a stoppage as a shot of Scott Hartnell is shown on the Jumbotron. He and Kris Letang
had an interesting get-together at the conclusion of the first meeting between the teams.
It's 1970 all over again at the Mellon Arena. This time Craig Adams
squares off with Flyers' agitator Daniel Carcillo. The two exchange heavyweight punches in a middleweight battle. Now maybe the Flyers might try to play some hockey, unless they plan to try filling their penalty box to the max.
It's going to be one of those nights here at Mellon Arena. In possibly the best fight of the year, Godard lands way more good shots to the body of Riley Cote in a long battle that has the crowd on its feet.
The first fight of the evening breaks out as Rupp hammers Arron Asham
to the ice with several tough blows. Needless to say the crowd roars with approval. Thus far, the Penguins lead on the scoreboard, in the hits column and on the fighting scorecard.
If the crowd was electrified enough Mike Rupp gave them another reason by slamming Carle against the boards in the far corner of the Flyers zone.
A change in the top power-play unit pays off for Dan Bylsma and the Penguins! Sidney Crosby
's one timer sails into the open cage past Boucher. The puck came to Crosby after Sergei Gonchar's slapshot deflected off Ruslan Fedotenko in the slot. Penguins 1, Flyers 0.
The Flyers begin building towards their league-leading 17.5 average minutes in penalties thanks to a hooking call against Matt Carle.
Boucher has trouble with a harmless wrist shot by Kris Letang
from the top of the right circle as the Penguins register the first shot of the contest.
It doesn't take long for Sergei Gonchar and Scott Harnell to renew pleasantries as Hartnell takes a run at Gonchar behind the Penguins net.
20:00: Marc-Andre Fleury
gets the nod for the Penguins against Brian Boucher of the Flyers.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins are 10-2 in their past 12 regular season home games against the Flyers.
Penguins fans showed the Flyers what they are going to be in for on this night as they welcome them onto the ice to a chorus of boos. The Penguins have just taken the ice as the crowd appears set for a rocking atmosphere in the Mellon Arena between two of the fiercest rivals in professional sports.
Tonight is the Penguins first look at the Flyers since they replaced head coach John Stevens with Peter Laviolette on Dec. 4. Philadelphia is 2-4 under Laviolettel. Read here
to find out about the up-tempo system Laviolette brings to the Flyers.
Eric Godard returns to the Penguins lineup against the Flyers in place of Max Talbot. Martin Skoula is the Penguins other healthy scratch. Andreas Nodl and Michael Leighton are the scratches for Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Flyers invade Mellon Arena for the first time since the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. These two teams have met once in Philadelphia this season, with the Penguins prevailing, 5-4, on Oct. 8 behind a goal and an assist each from Evgeni Malkin
and Alex Goligoski.
Author: Jason Seidling