As wild and crazy as this game was today, the Flyers had a chance to win this game. Down 3-1, the Flyers battled back to tie the game at 4, but late in the third period, a costly mistake ended up hurting the Flyers. Marty Biron went out of the net, way out of the net for that matter, and misplayed the puck. Sidney Crosby was there to get the puck and score the game winning goal as the Pens defeated the Flyers 5-4 today. This was a back breaker, because the Flyers fought so, so hard to get this game tied up at 4, but a play like that is so deflating that you really don't know what to say. Obviously, we all know that Marty is not the best puck handling goalie in the league, but you just can't do what Marty did, just let your defenseman get the puck.
In the first period, Joffrey Lupul got the scoring started, as he scored his 17th goal of the season at 10:31 into the period. Lupul should be the next Flyer to reach 20 goals, barring an injury. About a minute after Lupul's goal, enforcers Riley Cote and Eric Godard dropped the gloves and threw some good punches. You can literally mark it down that these two will drop the gloves every time these two play, and Riley won this fight today. The Flyers had a lot of energy in the first period, and they were getting some nice scoring chances against Marc-Andre Fleury.
Doesn't it just really annoy you when a team gives up goals in the beginning and end of periods? Well it really annoys me because the Flyers did so early in the second period. Just 21 seconds into the period, Sidney Crosby scored his 21st goal of the season to tie the game at 1. Giving up goals has been a problem for both teams this season, and it showed right there. Later on in the period, Evgeni Malkin scored a power play goal to give the Pens a 2-1 advantage. Jeff Carter was in the penalty box for cross checking when Malkin scored. About five minutes later, former Flyer and current Flyer killer Ruslan Fedotenko scored to give the Pens a two goal lead. In this period, the Flyers were just terrible, they didn't get the puck to the net, and they let the Pens have it their way.
The third period was a different story though. With the Flyers shorthanded early on in the period, Mike Richards did it once again. He scored a shorthanded goal to cut the Pens lead to 3-2. It's like every time Richie gets the puck in a shorthanded situation, you can bank on it being a goal because Richie has done this regularly. Here is the amazing stat. With Richie's shorty today, it was his 7th shorthanded goal of the season, tying the Flyers record for shorties in a season. Richie should be able to break the record sometime this season, eh? Three and a half minutes after the shorty from Richie, Braydon Coburn tied the game at 3 with his 7th goal of the season. The fans at the Wachovia Center were buzzing after that goal. However, that Fedotenko guy burns us again. Rusty scored his second goal of the game to give the Pens a 4-3 lead. You thought the Flyers were done, eh? You're wrong because Mike Knuble scored his 21st goal of the season to tie the game at 4. The way this period went, it looked as if the Flyers were going to win this game because they had the game in their own hands, but unfortunately, a bad play was the difference in this game. Late in the third, Marty Biron was coming way out of his net to play the puck, but it came back to bite him because the puck went past him, and Sidney Crosby was there to get the game winner, his second goal of the game. This is where Marty needs to just let the defenseman play the puck. It's very unfortunate that the Flyers have to lose in this fashion because of the fact that the game winning goal they gave up shouldn't have went in the net, plain and simple.
PHI- J. Lupul(17), Asts: S. Hartnell(22), J. Carter(26) 10:31 Flyers 0-1
PHI- S. Hartnell, Cross Checking 2 min 1:09
PHI- K. Timonen, Roughing 2 min 1:20
PIT- J. Staal, Tripping 2 min 2:27
PIT- E. Godard, Fighting(major) 5 min 11:48
PHI- R. Cote, Fighting(major) 5 min 11:48
PIT- S. Crosby(22), Asts: R. Fedotenko(13), E. Malkin(59) 0:21 Tie 1-1
PIT- E. Malkin(27), PP Asts: P. Sykora(20), S. Gonchar(2) 7:14 Penguins 2-1
PIT- R. Fedotenko(12), Asts: P. Dupuis(8), S. Crosby(54) 12:09 Penguins 3-1
PHI- J. Carter, Cross Checking 2 min 5:44
PIT- E. Malkin, Hooking 2 min 14:19
PIT- E. Malkin, Unsportsmanlike Conduct 2 min 14:19
PHI- M. Richards(23), SH Asts: Unassisted 3:07 Penguins 3-2
PHI- B. Coburn(7), Asts: M. Carle(12), M. Richards(36) 6:37 Tie 3-3
PIT- R. Fedotenko(13), Asts: S. Crosby(55), P. Dupuis(9) 9:50 Penguins 4-3
PHI- M. Knuble(21), Asts: M. Richards(37), S. Gagne(31) 14:25 Tie 4-4
PIT- S. Crosby(23), Asts: P. Dupuis(10) 17:25 Penguins 5-4
PHI- S. Upshall, Tripping 2 min 2:14
PIT- P. Dupuis, Hooking 2 min 9:57
PIT- S. Gonchar, Roughing 2 min 15:11
PHI- S. Upshall, Slashing 2 min 15:11
#29 Marc-Andre Fleury(W): 23 Saves on 27 Shots
#43 Marty Biron(L): 22 Saves on 27 Shots
THREE STARS OF GAME(Wayne Fish- Bucks County Courier Times):
1. #87 Sidney Crosby PIT
2. #26 Ruslan Fedotenko PIT
3. #18 Mike Richards PHI
Next Flyers game: Tuesday night @ Washington Capitals 7pm CSN-HD