Penguins Lead Series 1-0
7:00PM - Mellon Arena
Wednesday night was everything we could have asked for as Pens fans.
The Pittsburgh Penguins played exactly how they needed to.
They were dominant as they outworked and outclassed the Philadelpia Flyers.
The Flyers responded by filling the penalty box with orange and white jerseys.
The game ended with a frustrated Flyers team frantically trying to exert some sort of physical presence while a celebratory Penguins team stood in triumph.
It was a great moment for every Pens fan.
But that moment has passed.
Tonight will be an entirely different game.
And it likely won't be that easy.
Yes, the Flyers are the most penalized team in the league, but they are also very talented offensively.
If they listen to their coach and their captain, they will play a completely different game tonight.
Their goals tonight include taking less penalties and matching the Penguins' intensity.
The Penguins goal is to keep skating hard, keep working hard and keep hitting hard.
To quote Dan Bylsma, "it's a race to four."
One down. Three to go.
At the NHL trade deadline the Flyers traded Scottie Upshall and a second round pick for Daniel Carcillo.
You have to wonder if they regret that decision.
With Carcillo suspended for tonight's game, 19-year-old defenseman Luca Sbisa will enter the lineup and play forward.
Sbisa has played a few games as a forward this season.
Defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who was seen limping off of the ice early in game one will play tonight.
According to Flyers manager of communications and new media Kevin Kurz's Twitter feed: "Kimmo fine. Powe playing with Briere and Giroux tonight."
Timonen missed yesterday's practice.
If we didn't post at least one Photoshop with a gay reference, how would Flyers fans stereotype us?
If you're a female that really wanted to go tonight's game, someone on Craigslist offered a $1 ticket to a woman who would be his date. [Via Pensburg]
Charlie was pretty disappointed at this line: "PLEASE MEN -- NO FAKE OR EVEN REAL REPLYS! THE GAME IS TOMORROW NIGHT AND I DON'T HAVE TIME TO BE SLOWED DOWN BY YOUR FOOLISHNESS. I AM 100% HETEROSEXUAL!"
Seth at Empty Netters has some great photos from Wednesday's game, including a couple of Mama Malkin with 71 painted on her face.
Big Screen Outside The Igloo Blog
If you haven't read it yet, NBC is not allowing the Penguins to use the big screen outside the arena for any games airing on NBC.
This means that Sunday's game will not be shown.
Tonight's game will.
We need someone who will say what needs to be said, regardless of what perceived power NBC may have over them.
We need someone who will speak the truth.
Someone who doesn't care.