Pens-Flyers In-Game Blog
Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 6:30 PM ET / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
FLYERS 4, PENGUINS 2
0:00: That'll do it. Flyers grab a huge two points in the standings to pull ahead of Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division with a 4-2 win.
0:24: Talbot seals the deal for Philly with an empty net goal. FLYERS 4, PENS 2
1:01: Pens pull Fleury for the extra attacker.
2:43: Pens can't convert to tie the game. Flyers back to full strength.
4:47: Flyers get caught with too many men on the ice and they'll pay for it. Pens get a late PP! Huge opportunity here!
5:38: The crowd is going absolutely nuts right now. That goal got them revved right back up. To stem the flow, Laviolette opts to use his timeout.
6:29: Geno carries just inside the blue line and passes over to TK -- who slaps a scorcher into past Bobrovsky! FLYERS 3, PENGUINS 2
7:08: Pens successfully kill it off as Malkin is released.
9:08: Kunitz gets the puck while trailing the play and lets it rip with his linemates crashing the net. Bob makes a pad save and unfortunately Geno is getting a penalty on the play for goalie interference. Pens to the PK.
11:43: Pens with a string of quality scoring chances just now!!! They're getting in the right areas and doing the right things, they just need a bounce to go their way.
15:05: Big shift for the Flyers just now as they had a couple of grade-A scoring chances. A diving block by Picard thwarted the last one.
16:30: Staal lines up Timonen on the forecheck and hits him with a thunderous check! Pens trying to build up some momentum here with their physicality.
17:59: Sully makes a pass through traffic to Vitale just outside the blue paint, and his one-touch shot clangs off the red painted metal!!! #soclose
20:00: Puck drops to start the third. Put your rally caps on! Let's go Pens!!!
- Staal is now 10-4 in faceoffs while Malkin is 7-3
- Pens are outhitting Flyers, 22-15
- Giroux has assisted on two of the Flyers' goals, extending his NHL-leading total to 46
0:00: First 40 minutes are in the books. Flyers hold a 3-1 lead while the Pens are outshooting them 19-15.
2:14: Despres just pokechecked Jagr as the Czech sniper was bearing down on the net. Great play by the 20-year-old rookie!!
3:49: Couturier powers down the side of the ice and throws a backhand to the cage, where Read picks up the rebound and quickly puts it home. Rookie to rookie on the play. FLYERS 3, PENS 1
5:25: Speak of the devil. Giroux gets the puck while he's alone on the back door and stickhandles a bit before releasing a shot. And once again, Fleury is there to come up with a huge save.
5:55: Giroux has assisted on both Flyers goals to push his NHL-leading point total to 46.
8:33: Orpik absolutely crushes the big, strong Jagr on the half wall in the Pens zone. Nice muscle there by 44.
9:19: TK finds some space on the side of the ice to rip a shot at Bobrosky, who's able to hold on for the whistle.
13:17: Simmonds gets a rebound chance on the back door on what looks like a wide-open net, but Fleury dives over and makes the save! Huge stop for the 'Flower'!
13:57: Jagr stick handles through the slot and scores on a backhander. He does his famous salute following. FLYERS 2, PENS 1
14:41: Staal gets off a shot from above the far circle that Bobrovsky makes an awkward save on with his shoulder. Good chance for the Pens.
16:00: Adams gets off a shot from close range, but Bobrovsky is there to make the save.
20:00: Puck drops. Game on! Second period underway.
- The Flyers have gotten six of their nine shots on the power play
- With his assist on Staal's goal, TK now has a career-long five-game point streak
- In addition to his tally, Staal is 6-3 on faceoffs
0:00: That'll do it for the first. The teams are tied 1-1 heading into intermission, with the Pens holding an 11-9 edge in shots.
1:55: Rookie Matt Read breaks through the D to go in alone on Fleury, who makes a sick sprawling stick check to knock the puck off his blade!
4:04: Michalek to the box for elbowing. Flyers already have their third PP of the evening.
6:05: Flyers thwart the PP and go back to full strength.
8:05: Niskanen carries down and gets a shot on Bobrovsky, with Malkin picking up the rebound and getting a shot of his own. The puck bounces into the crease with the net wide open, but a crashing Neal can't corral it!!! Jagr gets back to clear it out. Pens to the PP as Coburn gets two for hooking.
10:04: With 1:05 left on their power play, Kimmo Timonen beats Fleury with a bomb from the bottom of the left circle. PENS 1, FLYERS 1
10:59: After the Pens get back to full strength, a ruckus erupts near the Flyers bench and when it's all sorted out, Neal is in the box for tripping. Flyers back to the man-advantage.
13:47: Malkin to the box for hooking. During the resulting TV timeout, the Penguins play a video tribute to Max Talbot that results in the crowd giving their 2009 Stanley Cup hero a standing ovation. What an awesome scene. Got goosebumps all over. Here's the vid they showed:
14:01: Malkin strips Giroux of the puck in his own zone but the Flyers take possession again, with Jagr sending a shot through the crease behind Fleury...way too close for comfort!
16:11: Pens get a solid opportunity on the doorstep seconds before the penalty expired, but can't convert. Flyers back to full strength.
18:11: And the Pens get an early PP chance as Hartnell goes for interference! Kunitz, Malkin, Neal, Niskanen and Sullivan are the first unit out for Pittsburgh.
19:16: Staal's line getting it started right just 44 seconds into the game!!! A smothering forecheck by him and TK results in Kennedy poking a pass to Staal on the side of the net while in mid-fall. Staal quickly punches it home for the score! PENS 1, FLYERS 0
20:00: It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Puck drops. Game on!!! NOTE: There is not an empty seat in the arena for the opening faceoff. Fans certainly doing their part tonight.
There's already been a thundering "Flyers suck" chant ringing throughout CONSOL, while the Flyers were heavily booed when they stepped onto the ice...
Pens scratch MacIntyre and Engelland. The official lines:
Fleury between the pipes. Sergei Bobrovsky gets the nod for Philly. Flyers starting Jagr and Talbot with Giroux up top...Laviolette ripping the bandaid off early for both former Pens.
As I alluded to in my last entry, this is a big game for both teams as they're locked in the standings with Philly having played just one fewer game than the Pens. There's also plenty of intriguing storylines to tonight's tilt apart from the Jagr/Talbot angle, like Claude Giroux leading the NHL in scoring while Evgeni Malkin is tied for second. Check out the What To Watch For: Pens vs. Flyers for more or watch the scouting report below:
The day that Pens fans everywhere have circled on their calendars and anticipated for months is finally here.
In just over half an hour, Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot will play their first game in Pittsburgh wearing the hated black and orange of the despised Philadelphia Flyers. It's certainly been an interesting day here at CONSOL Energy Center as we heard Jagr tell his side of the story for the first time since this summer's happenings (click here for a full explanation) while Talbot spoke about the emotions of returning to his former home for the first time. The full transcripts can be found here.
Regardless of how you feel about Jagr and Talbot, here in the arena tonight it's sure to be an incredibly energetic (and awesome) atmosphere. As Sam put it this morning, "Losing two former players is bearable for fans, but losing them to a bitter rival is too much to handle." To top it off, the Pens and Flyers are locked in the standings with 21 wins and 46 points (just two behind division leader NY Rangers), so this game holds a huge significance for both clubs...and Pittsburgh would love to be the team to give Philly a three-game losing streak for the first time this season.
To steal another Sam quote from this morning, "The next chapter in the best rivalry in the National Hockey League will be written tonight as the two Keystone state teams get together in Pittsburgh for the first time this season." Get your
Here's another song about the way the Pens and Flyers feel about each other to get the night started.