We've all had virtuoso performances in our lives.
Driving to work on three hours sleep.
Finishing a 15-page term paper in the final 24 hours before its due.
Taking a huge dump with only three sheets of toilet paper.
In Game 4, Marc-André Fleury gave his virtuoso performance
in front of 18,000 lunatics on the grandest stage in sports.
And it was glorious.
He showed the Flyers what they don't have:
A semblance of goaltending.
But MAF's Game 4 performance was more than a semblance.
It was Fleury telling everyone that he can take this team wherever it wants to go.
The Flyers were in the right place at the right time all game.
But so was Fleury.
Now, like last year, the Pens can bury the the Flyers at home.
Thursday night. Mellon city.
Bring the noise.
Penguins Lead Series 2-1
7:00PM - Wachovia Center
Nobody really expected a sweep.
The Flyers are jerks, but they know how to play hockey.
Some of them at least.
Being up 3-1 and going back home will be pretty nice.
Mike Richards is an outstanding and inspirational leader.
This series has gotten heated.
It's exactly what people expected.
Tough, hard hitting hockey.
Pointless scrums after every whistle.
Endless jobbing on message boards and blogs.
This is Pittsburgh VS. Philadelphia.
The assault on NBC Sports continues.
Here is their TWITTER feed.
Thanks to Adam for the heads-up.
Can't really do much with it. It's automated.
Also, join the outdoor-screen movement on FACEBOOK.
Big Bob from [KISS FM] sent this interesting stat along
from the [Sports Media Watch]:
NBC drew a 1.7 overnight rating for the Flyers' Game 3 win over the Penguins on Sunday, up a whopping 70% from a 1.0 for Flyers/Capitals in the same timeslot last year. The 1.7 overnight is the best for a non-Stanley Cup Finals playoff game since Game 5 of last year's Conference Finals between the same two teams, which also drew a 1.7 overnight.
NBC will say that is the reason they closed down the big screen,
but if you do the numbers, it doesn't make any sense at all.
CALL TO ARMS
We have a solid Pens fan contingent in the New York City area.
If anyone is up for jobbing the "Today" show with signs
about how NBC hates America and hockey fans, e-mail us.
After the jump, we have to acknowledge
the first time C-Blog has been under attack in a while.
One of the best things about the first round of the playoffs is that there are several hockey games on every night.
Once each series gets to game three the emotions start flowing and the games get interesting.
Which brings us to Rule 6 of our Playoff Manifesto:
Home Ice Bounce Back
Pens fans saw this first hand yesterday.
Once a team loses two games on the road they know losing game three will likely end the series.
Once they're back at home they pull out all the stops, desperately trying to save their season.
Their backs are against the wall and the home crowd is always loud.
Chicago at Calgary tonight at 9:30.
If you haven't seen the "C of Red" you haven't lived.
Whether or not you like the Flames, their playoff crowds are legendary.
Rule Six is in effect tonight.
Bet on Red.
("Red" means Calgary in this case... yes, we know both teams wear red.)
We've seen a good amount of pornographic films in our day.
Pierre McGuire's 2-hour, 45-minute blowjob on Mike Richards
had to have set a Guiness World Record.
Listening to the bucket of piss that is Edzo and fanboy Emrick is unreal.
The 105.9 The X has to find a way to sync these broadcasts up.
If Mike Richards, a great leader, worked for the X, it would happen.
Is that dude in the middle a lumberjack?
What a bizarre shirt.
Seriously, if we had a terminal illness, we would get a gun
and just stand outside Wachovia Center, shooting people.
As for the game itself, your PP has to make a difference,
especially against the always-undisciplined Flyers.
The Flyers' shorthanded goal changed the game.
They've averaged one every 5 games these season.
The Flyers aren't "back in the series."
They're down two games to one.
Penguins Lead Series 2-0
3:00PM - Wachovia Center
You have to wonder what the referees will do to hand the game to the Penguins today.
Because, obviously, the league wants Cindy Crysby to win the Stanley Cup.
Maybe the referees will create brand new penalty calls just to hurt the Flyers.
Maybe they'll change the rules so Crysby is awarded goals for complaining to the refs.
The NHL hates the Philadelphia Flyers.
The poor, innocent Philadelphia Flyers just want to play hockey fairly and by the rules.
They want to display a kind of technical skill that Cindy Crysby could never match.
And the referees won't let them.
It's really not fair that they let their poster boy ruin the league.
It was clearly the NHL's fault that the Flyers went 4-5-1 to close the season and lose home ice advantage.
The referees clearly caused Jeff Carter to miss an open net in game two. Marc-Andre Fleury had nothing to do with that.
The NHL has obviously refused the Flyers' attempts to sign a solid goaltender.
Gary Bettman placed a blood clot into Kimmo Timonen's leg last year that caused him to miss most of the Eastern Conference Final.
We all know that if he were healthy the Flyers would have swept the Pens.
The NHL just hates the Philadelphia Flyers.
It's not fair.