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The Pittsburgh Penguins Display The Problems With NHL Officiating

The NHL fined the Isles last year $100,000 for the brawl game vs. the Pens, but the Pens did not get fined anything despite a player leaving the bench as a sixth skater to join a fight on the ice - which, by the way, means the head coach should be suspended for one game - he wasn't. But owner Mario Lemieux stated that the NHL didn't do enough to punish the Isles for that disgrace of a game.
Keep in mind that Matt Martin and Trevor Gillies received suspensions. They rightfully deserved them, and Godard got the 10 games required for leaving the bench, but the Penguins didn't receive any other suspensions or fines of any kind.
Lemieux, despite the one-sided disciplinary action, still felt that the league didn't do enough.

TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers

 

 

( 4 ) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS vs. ( 5 ) PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Bloodbath. That's the word that Flyers forward Scott Hartnell used to describe the mindset of these two teams heading into this series. Some of us here at The Checking Line may be proponents of pacifism and the reduction of violence in hockey, but even we get a kick about what's probably going to happen between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in this first round match-up. The two teams set up their series in a game in the final week of the season, and if that was any indication, this one shouldn't disappoint. Expect a lot of violence, lots of scoring, contr...

Pennsylvania Wrestlemania: Flyers, Pens Heating Up For Possible ECQ Matchup

Hard hitting, desperation saves and a little bit of extra-curricular activities sprinkled in.

Perhaps, it was a look at what the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals has in store for the Flyers and Penguins. 60 minutes of full throttle hockey with the addition of the playoffs, and the hockey world will be in store for another classic Flyers/Penguins series.

Sunday afternoon's battle - as well as one more game next Saturday afternoon to finish the season - was a preview of the almost inevitable 4/5-seed match up between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Flyers Look To Keep Offense Rolling And Keep Stamkos At Bay

The Philadelphia Flyers (44-23-8) will close out their current five game home stand (their longest of the season) when the face the Tampa Bay Lightning (34-33-7) on Monday night.

Tampa Bay who are 5-5-1 in March, are coming off back-to-back wins against the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders respectively.

Their play this month has not been consistent nor reflective of their leading goal scorer, Steven Stamkos.

Bryz Breaks Beezer's Record; Earns Two More Points

Making Ilya Bryzgalov the story for every game has become tiresome to the fans, the front office and Bryzgalov himself.

But when he does something as special as he's done the past couple of weeks, it's hard to just take all the focus away from the Russian netminder, nicknamed the $51 Million Man.

The Flyers have been winning, and they have been playing a brand of hockey many expected them to play down the stretch. Scoring, defense and goaltending - those are the three things that win championships.

So why does the focus all come back to Bryzgalov? Because of the franchise shutout streak that he just broke that stood tall for 13 years midway through the second period.

Flyers,Bryz On A Roll As They Hunt For Fourth Against Panthers

After not winning back-to-back games since early January, the Philadelphia Flyers have managed to string together a three-game winning streak.

They will look to extend that streak to four tonight when they face the Florida Panthers in front of the Philly home crowd.

Voracek and Jagr injured against Wings; player reaction to Kronwall hit

Injuries are a part of professional sports. Especially around this time of year, the bumps and bruises start to add up leaving almost every player with some kind of sore spot.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, this has been true all season.

The team has had to deal with so many injuries that it’s probably easier to name the guys on the roster who haven’t been hurt compared to the ones who have been.

On Tuesday night, during the team’s impressive 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings the ‘healthy list’ seemingly became a little shorter.

Flyers Look For First Win At Home Against Islanders

After being shutout twice in a three game span, the Philadelphia Flyers (34-21-7) head back home to face the New York Islanders (26-28-9).

The Flyers are finishing up a west coast trip in which they went 2-2-0. The Islanders are looking for their third straight win in Philly this season; they have outscored the Flyers 5-1 in those games.

Niemi Wins Goalie Battle at "The Tank"

There is nothing more frustrating than sandwiching a win in between two shut out losses.

After a 2-0 loss in Edmonton and a huge 5-4 comeback win in Calgary, the offense disappeared again, dropping 1-0 to the Sharks in San Jose Tuesday night.

There was one huge bright spot in the game though and it came in the form of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Not even 90 seconds into the game, this game had the makings of a Bryz-aster. The Flyers turned over the puck in the offensive zone and San Jose's Ryan Clowe ripped a wrister past Bryzgalov for a quick 1-0 lead.

With that being said, it wound up being the one tally that made all the difference in this game. But be that it may, Bryzgalov picked himself up and played one of the best games he had all season, despite being on the losing side.

Game Preview: Flames vs Philadelphia Flyers

Inconsistency is the featured word heading into tonight’s clash between the Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers. This is the first and only meeting between the clubs this season as in the past two years; each team has one win against each other (10/11- Flames 3-2 SO, 09/10- Flyers- 3-0). Dating back almost a decade shows that Dome ice has been good for the Flyers winning 3 straight since March 2001. Both teams have battled inconsistency this season, causing respective coaches and front office staff to pull the hair out of their head at moments and wonder if their team is a legitimate playoff team.