Flyers blown out in round 2 of the “Battle of Pennsylvania”

Posted: December 16, 2009 in Flyers

Pittsburgh, PA-

There was nothing pretty about Tuesday night’s game at Mellon Arena. The Flyers were embarrassed 6-1 by their cross state rivals, giving the Penguins a 2-0 season series lead.

Things got started early when Sidney Crosby easily slid a rebound past Brian Boucher. Minutes later, Billy Guerin took advantage of a Brian Boucher mishap and pounced on that rebound to make it 2-0 Penguins. Then, as is expected when these teams play, the gloves came off. There were 3 separate fights in a matter of about 3-5 minutes, the Flyers winning 2 of the 3 fights.

The Flyers offense began t show some signs of life when, of all people, Dan Carcillo beat Marc-Andre Fleury for a power play goal with a backhand when he capitalized off of an already redirected shot from the point.

That was about all the offense they would get.  shortly after Carcillo’s goal, Jordan Staal ripped a wrist shot past the glove of Brian Boucher. Just when the Flyers got back into the game, they once again found themselves down 2 goals. Jordan Staal then pounced on a rebound late in the 2nd period, making  it 4-1 Penguins.

The third period began and, though there was a slight improvement between periods, the air was already slowly seeping out of the Flyers balloon. Ruslan Fedotenko made it 5-1 with the help of Sidney Crosby, and an Evgeni Malkin goal near the end of the game making the final score 6-1.

This win now gives the Penguins a 16 point lead in the Atlantic Division over the Flyers, who are in a 3 way tie with the Rangers and Islanders.

These 2 teams will meet once again on Thursday in Philadelphia. Hopefully the Flyers can salvage a win on home ice. Quite frankly, I hope this is the last time the Flyers give up more than 4 goals for the rest of the season, though if they play like they did tonight, I might be asking for much more than I thought out of them.

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