Penguins take first round of the “Battle of Pennsylvania” with 5-4 win.

Posted: October 9, 2009 in Flyers

Philadelphia, PA-

Round 1 goes to the visitors.

The Pittsburgh Penguins took the first round of the “Battle of Pennsylvania”  Thursday night at the Wachovia Center with a 5-4 win over the Flyers, preventing them from starting the season 4-0 for the first time since the 1994-1995 season.

It didn’t take long for the Penguins to get on the scoreboard when Evgeni Malkin scored just 48 seconds into the game. Danny Briere answered for the Flyers a little over 11 minutes later. Almost 30 seconds after the Flyers tied the game, they once again found themselves a goal behind when Jordan Staal beat Ray Emery with a backhand to make it 2-1 Penguins. The Flyers were able to answer via another Danny Briere goal, but once again, the Penguins took the lead after Billy Guerin capitalized on a sloppy turnover and beat Ray Emery, giving the Penguins a 3-2 lead.

Then things got sloppy again for the Flyers when Braydon Coburn, under pressure attempted a cross ice pass deep in the Flyers zone that deflected off of the back or Ray Emery’s skate and into the Flyers net, giving the Penguins a 4-2 lead (Alex Gologoski, the last Penguin to touch the puck,  was given credit for the goal). Jeff Carter capitalized on a huge 5-on-3 power play to make it 4-3 going into the 3rd period.

Hoping to feed off of the momentum, the Flyers came out attacking in the 3rd period, but things just didn’t seem to go their way. 8:37 into the period Tyler Kennedy redirected a Matt Cooke shot past Emery to make it 5-3 Penguins. With 41 seconds left in the game, Jeff Carter made it 5-4 when he roofed a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury, but the rally came up a little short.

The way I see it, it was a sloppy game, more so on the part of the Flyers. I am not sure what the total was for turnovers, but at one point both teams combined for 18 turnovers (9 for both teams). It’s going to be hard for the Flyers to beat anyone when they turn the puck over that many times, much less a team as good as the Penguins.

And as far as Braydon Coburn goes, you can’t put all of the blame on him for tonight’s loss. (Was I pissed when his pass deflected off of Ray Emery and into the goal? of course). Overall, the Flyers could have (and should have) played so much better. I guess the worst part of this is that the next chance the Flyers have at revenge is not until December 15th when the two teams play a home and home series, beginning in Pittsburgh.

Hopefully, the outcome will not be as bad.

  1. Jeff says:

    Lets go Pens, Lets go Steelers, and Lets go Yankees (here comes 27)

    • nick4572 says:

      Yankees? Oh well. You better get used to seeing the Phils in the World Series. This is as close as Pittsburgh is going to get as far as seeing another World Series in Pennsylvania. (I hope you enjoyed the article.)

  2. Lizz Cooper says:

    Good article. Looking forward to one about Game 1 of the W.S.

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