This kind of game has been looming for a while.
Sure, bizarre losses to the Lightning and Panthers sting.
And losing 7 of 9 drives lesser people to suicide.
But an embarrassing home loss to the Flyers? Man.
The Pens players held a closed-door meeting after the game.
What they really should do is close their newspapers and laptops.
Because journalists and bloggers are ripping them apart.
People need to calm down.
We've all watched this team long enough to know that they are in a funk.
They're going to snap out of it.
But in the meantime, everyone wants to blast the Penguins.
That's like beating off in the socks you're gonna be wearing that day.
All teams have a funk like this during the year.
It's happened the past three years to the Pens.
So, what are the issues with the Pens?
The goal of any NHL coach is to have their team work hard.
That hard work usually leads to three things.
1. A goal.
2. A scoring chance.
3. A powerplay.
Powerball is threatening to pull their sponsorship.
The Penguins powerplay, or lack thereof, is the reason they are losing games.
Going 0-3 when the Flyers go 2-2 will result in a win maybe 1 out of 10 times.
Speaking of which, the funniest part is people blasting the PK after this one.
They are 11th in the league. They needed a lift from their own PP in this game.
They didn't get it.
The Penguins system revolves around being efficient on the powerplay.
They will be on the PP a lot.
And they'll trot out a cavalcade of stars for the man advantage.
To be 30th in the league is completely shocking. To not even be able to set things up is mind-boggling. To have the defending Art Ross Trophy winner, a left-handed shot, playing the left point is actually maddening. A player of Malkin's talent, a forward at that, shouldn't be wielding his left-handed stick on the left point of the PP.
But if he puts home a slapper through traffic, we're all touching ourselves.
Malkin was on the left point for a chunk of the season last year.
A closed-door meeting -- with a 42-game road trip on the horizon, including a jaunt through the hinterlands of Western Canada -- may be what rights this ship.
Edward Smith had the same thing in mind when he put those jokes in the crow's nest, not knowing they were gonna be playing grab-ass the whole time.
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Know The Enemy:
The Flyers like to think that they're an improved hockey team.
And in some ways they are.
They've got a new coach.
They've won five of their last seven.
They sit only two points out of a playoff spot.
It seems as though all is well in Philadelphia.
Once again their fans are talking about how Pronger's tough physical game will bring the team a Stanley Cup.
They speak of how Mike Richards' leadership, once definitely in doubt, is driving the team toward success.
They name off talented young players that are going to break through and dominate.
And, of course, they speak of the team's toughness and grit.
Fans of the Philadelphia Flyers are once again seeking vengeance and the team's apparent turn around has the orange-clad masses in a frenzy of anticipation for what will come next.
But none of that matters, because the road to success goes through Pittsburgh,
These Philadelphia Flyers have yet to prove that they can defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sure, they can rough them up and sometimes they can even win a game or two, but when it all comes down to it the story ends the same way each time:
The Pittsburgh Penguins winning.
The Philadelphia Flyers angry and confused at how they let another one slip through their fingers.
And we wouldn't have it any other way.