PENGUINS 6, FLYERS 1
The Trib’s Terrific Trio:
1 – C/W MIKE RUPP, PENGUINS
Key stat: 1 fight – vs. FLYERS RW AARON ASHAM at 5:17 of the first period
Rossi: And the legend of Rupp grows among Pittsburgh hockey fans.
2 – RW ERIC GODARD, PENGUINS
Key stat: 1 fight – vs. FLYERS LW RILEY COTE at 5:23 of the first period
Rossi: He’s playing a lot better than his reputation as an enforcer would suggest; but on tonight Godard served the Penguins exactly the way he should have – by bringing the two-fisted heat.
3 – C/W CRAIG ADAMS, PENGUINS
Key stat: 1 fight- vs. FLYERS LW DAN CARCILLO at 5:33 of the first period
Rossi: Said a Penguins official in the press box after watching the third flight in 16 seconds: “It never fails to amaze me. No matter how many times I see these teams play it never fails to amaze me.” That pretty much sums up the Flyers’ misguided approach to trying to intimidate the Penguins.
SAY IT, SIR
“I don’t have any thoughts about it.” — HC DAN BYLSMA on Carcillo’s reaction to scoring in the first period
Rossi: OK, so allow me to take heat for praising a Flyer. (Be kind, kids.) Give Carcillo props for owning the villain role like he does. A fighter scores to pull his struggling club within 2-1 against a bitter rival on the road – yeah, having some fun with that is fine by me. (Hey, who amongst Penguins fans had a problem with C/W MAX TALBOT’S ‘shhh’ in Game 6 of an EQF series last spring?)
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
Word from the Philadelphia hockey press is that a loss by the Flyers at home Thursday against the Penguins could lead to “a major shakeup.” Considering the Flyers already have replaced their coach, that can only mean roster moves.
For what it’s worth over a dozen scouts attended the game Tuesday night, and that is consistent with how many scouts have been seen at recent Flyers games.
“They smell blood in the water,” a Flyers reporter said.
So do the Flyers players. Take a look at these post-game quotes from Tuesday:
FLYERS C/CAPTAIN MIKE RICHARDS:
— “It seems like everyone is reluctant to do the right things. … Maybe it comes within the guts of the game and the heart of the game, and right now we’re not playing with enough (guts and) heart to have success.”
— “We were just flat. It seemed like there was nothing… nothing there.”
— “We’re going to have to change it around here quick because they (team management) is not going to put up with this stuff.”
D CHRIS PRONGER:
— “If we had a handle on it, we’d have the answers. I don’t quite understand it myself.
— “The answers are going to have to come from us on the ice. Nobody is going to help us do it. The focus has to come from in here.”
C DANNY BRIERE:
— “It’s tough to explain. I don’t have an explanation to offer. I’d be lying if I tried to make up stuff right now. There’s nobody who really came out (the right way).”
— “I don’t think that it’s that we’re not getting it (the message from the organization). We’re smart enough. We know what’s at stake. We know what’s going on. If you don’t understand after a coach gets fired you’re never going to understand. We understand but it’s just not clicking. I don’t think that it’s that we don’t want it to. It’s just not happening. Trying to find a reason why… I wish I knew. We’re all in the same situation trying to figure out why. We have a lot of guys that want to take the lead, but things are not clicking.”
— “I hope it doesn’t happen (a trade). Nobody wants to see that. We’re with the guys in this locker room more than we are with our families. You don’t want to se anybody get traded and lose some friendships, but we know it might happen if we keep playing this way. We don’t want that. Nobody wants that.”
PENGUINS D BROOKS ORPIK said Tuesday night he expects the Flyers to treat Thursday night like a desperation game. Of course, they said they were treating Tuesday night like that.
It is worth noting only because the Flyers believed, as did many in the hockey world, believed they were a legitimate threat to unseat the Penguins as the reigning East power: Philadelphia trails Pittsburgh by 16 points in the standings — 12 if you award the Flyers four points because the Penguins have two games in hand.
Given the way the Flyers are talking, perhaps awarding them any points is a mistake.
— BY ROB ROSSI (12/3/2009)
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