The Philadelphia Flyers: Good For What Ails Ya!
How good? We out-shot them, 39-25. I don't know the final numbers, but the last time I checked, the Pens' power play shot advantage was 15-1. I doubt any of them were by Ryan Whitney. He was effective on defense tonight, but he missed at least two open nets. As Mike Prisuta once put it, "he couldn't hit a bull's ass with a shovel."
With Peter Forsberg on the shelf with foot problems, the Flyers' offense has been reduced to "Simon Gagne and hope for a bounce." Nils Ekman was a scratch tonight, too, with "the flu". That's apparently Therrien-speak for "not nearly as tough as Andre Roy." Roy proved his worth by fighting Triston Grant just after Philadelphia got the first goal of the game, which helped swing momentum back to the Pens.
Overall, it wasn't a pretty game, as you would expect from two teams on 5-game losing streaks. But after sleepwalking through that Ottawa game, and an undisciplined performance in Carolina on Saturday night, we'll take what we can get, and hope to build on it.
Final Score: Penguins 3, Flyers 2, Number of times Freddy Meyer whined to the refs in the third: 2.
- Sidney Crosby (1G, 1A)
- Evgeni Malkin (GWG)
- Antero Niittymaki (36 of 39)