Thoughts on the Penguins

The most telling moment of last night’s 8-2 drubbing that the Flyers received from the Pittsburgh Penguins was broadcaster Keith Jones stating, “Penguins forwards are making a habit of skating around the Flyers defense…” For the second time in a week and a half the Philadelphia Flyers were humiliated, this time on their own home ice to their cross state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins and a lot of it was the same. The Flyers were out-skated all night but unlike the Buffalo game, the Flyers showed some signs of life. Derian Hatcher and Ben Eager both dropped the gloves in an attempt to spark their team and the Flyers were still attempting to throw some hits late in the game. Outside of that little edge that the Flyers showed, the team was dreadful. They were slow and consistently broke down in their own zone. Antero Niitymaki was pulled early in the second period but even the goalie change didn’t quell the Pittsburgh attack as they scored 18 seconds into Esche’s time on the ice.

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Good Things:

  • Mike Knuble continued to be the most consistent Flyer forward getting another goal.
  • Rookie Stefan Ruzicka scored his first NHL goal
  • Joni Pitkanen continued to show offensive promise, carrying the puck into the offensive zone multiple times

Bad Things:

  • The Flyers suffered a second blowout loss in less than two weeks.
  • Consistent breakdowns in front of their own net.
  • The team let Pittsburgh rookie Evgeni Malkin, and second year sensation Sidney Crosby skate all over them. The superstar duo netted four goals and 2 assists, with Crosby getting his first career NHL hat trick
  • In two games so far this season against the Penguins the Flyers have put 73 shots on young Pens goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and have only gotten two by him.

Next Up: The Flyers face a struggling Chicago team on Monday night.

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