Don’t look now, but the Philadelphia Flyers are a contender.
It didn’t seem possible when the team blew itself up in the offseason to take on young players. It really didn’t seem possible when Chris Pronger went down for the season. It didn’t seem possible when Ilya Bryzgalov kept hemorrhaging goals.
Things have changed.
Through the course of the season the plan that seemed like madness now seems like perfect sanity.
With young players stepping up and filling roles, the Flyers have been balanced and outstanding offensively.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have now won eleven straight hockey games and have pushed their way to just two points behind the lead in the East, with one game in hand.
Heading into New York on Thursday, the Penguins were looking to make a statement, well, they did. The Penguins took a 5-2 victory all the way to the bank. Sidney Crosby was rather strong in his first game, getting two assists and recording a plus 3. The real kicker was all star defenceman Kris Letang who racked up just one assists but was a plus 5 on the evening. Matt Cooke had a two goal evening as well giving him 14 on the season.
It only comes up as game number 69, it only registers two points to the winner, but for a Thursday night regular season game, this could not be more important.
Statements were made for the Penguins on Sunday when they trumped the Bruins in all areas of the game. The Pens won their 9th straight game, pushing their record to 21-4-1 since January 13th. They closed the gap on the East leading Rangers to just six points and still have a game in hand. The red hot Pens though received monumental news recently and plan on continuing their torrid streak.
Paul Martin and Kris Letang are both expected to play on Thursday, but more importantly, so is Sidney ...
Nine straight wins, a 21-4-1 record in their last 26 games, 89 total points, and arguably the league’s leading candidate for MVP. It is impossible right now to find a team hotter than the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even the Penguins cross state rival, who are on a nice run of their own, can’t come close. They have tallied 35 goals in this 9 game streak, while allowing just 13. That is an average of 3.88 goals per game and just 1.4 goals against. Marc-Andre Fleury has been in net for 8 of those victories, with rookie Brad Thiessen taking one of those wins.
Today marked a big win, a statement game if you will, as the Pens handled the Bo...
After a very energetic and physically daunting win on Monday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins advanced their record to 39-21-5. The game marked their 6th straight victory, making the Penguins 8-2-0 in their last ten, and 18-4-1 since their six game losing streak in early January.
Letang has been out for two games now and yet the Pens have been able to average 3.5 goals per game, while just surrendering 1 goal per game. To make things even better, the Pens are 9-2-0 since Jordan Staal returned from injury. They are averaging a fantastic 4.18 goals per game in this stretch while only allowing 2.45 goals per game.
The trade deadline has come and gone. In Pittsburgh, this was the first time in Ray Shero’s tenure that a move was not made. Guys such as Hal Gill, Bill Geurin, and Gary Roberts were acquired by Shero on the deadline in seasons past, but this season Shero kept his word in saying “I believe in our hockey team”. He made this statement about a month and a half ago, during a 6 game losing streak. Quite a few questioned him at the time, but now, everyone is quiet.
The Penguins have reeled off impressive wins over the past few weeks. Lead by points leader Evgeni Malkin and top five goal scorer James Neal, the Penguins have...
The NHL.com-esk headline is only deserving for the Pens as their highlights dominated the webpage this weekend. After a few back and forth games that featured tw big divisional wins and pathetic loss, the Pens put together two dominant home performances.
In two games this weekend the Pittsburgh Penguins managed to put up 12 goals and allowed just three. Evgeni Malkin, the league’s leading point scorer, had 4 goals and an assist in the two games, giving him 78 points on the season. The stats, while impressive, do not tell the entire story.
Heading into Saturday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos and Malk...
It has been a wild season for the Pittsburgh Penguins, to say the least. Since the last update, the Pens have reeled off winning streaks, losing streaks, and have seen super star Evgeni Malkin vault into the MVP discussion. The Pens currently sit in 5th place in the East, but need to vault the Flyers if they would like home ice advantage in the first round. The problem still resides, however, that the Pens are not playing playoff hockey.
Over their last 6 games the penguins have allowed 20 goals, a very unimpressive number. Malkin, Neal, and Kunitz might be performing well, but they cannot produce to that...
Coming into Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers needed to win the game.
The reasons are endless really: because it’s their hated rivals from Pittsburgh, because the Flyers are only two points ahead of them in the standings, because it’s a day game, because they’ve only won three of their last ten, because the Flyers play poorly at home, etc.
The list goes on and on.
However, the most basic reason the Flyers needed to win on Saturday is far simplier than all the other seemingly logical conclusions. The team needed to win above all else because the game was against a division opponent.