Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers - 7:30 PM/ET
Flyers Lead Series 3-0
Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
TV: ROOT, CSN-PH, NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Give us back our Penguins!
It's felt like the last couple of games were "must win situations." They weren't. THIS is a must-win situation. A win tonight brings the series back to Pittsburgh. A win tonight keeps the quest for the Cup alive. A win tonight means the Pittsburgh Penguins live to play another day.
A loss means a handshake line. It means admiting that Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot made the right choice this summer. A loss means this could be the last game in a Penguin uniform for some of these players. A loss means being swept in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers.
It's a must win. Losing isn't an option any longer.
Last Game: April 15th, 2012 - Flyers Won 8-4
What we said:
Sorry. That is no way to play the game. Everyone with a brain can understand the frustration the Pens are going through, but cheap-shotting guys is just awful. We've defended the Pens through thick and thin. Can't defend that stuff.
The Pens lost their cool, and they simply lost the game. More shit happened between the teams after this, but it didn't even matter. Hartnell got the crowd pumped, and Hulk Hogan trolled the Penguins. Go find the video somewhere. We are broken.
Know Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey
What they're saying:
We all know what happened in 2010. We remember the feeling of dread when the Flyers fell down in an 0-3 hole, just as we remember the glimmer of hope when they were able to pull out Game 4 in overtime. And the growing hope with Game 5's win. And the utter confidence that came after winning Game 6.
We know how easily a team can build confidence and can get things rolling in the proper direction in a playoff series like this. It almost seems as if things came to a head on Sunday afternoon, and a Penguins win tonight would not be out of the question. From there? As they rally around getting James Neal back in the lineup for Game 5? Well, who the hell knows. Let's not get the chance to think about it. The Flyers can finish this thing off tonight, and let's hope they do it.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
No Martin (injury)
No Neal (suspension)
No Adams (suspension)
No Asham (suspension)
Philadelphia Flyers Notes:
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Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Tyler Kennedy
Steve Sullivan - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Jordan Staal - Matt Cooke
Dustin Jeffrey - Joe Vitale - Richard Park
Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland
Simon Despres - Ben Lovejoy
Letang and Orpik together just feels right.
Philadelphia Flyers Lines from Empty Netters:
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Brayden Schenn - Daniel Briere - Wayne Simmonds
Zac Rinaldo - Sean Couturier - Maxime Talbot
Jakub Voracek - Eric Wellwood - Matt Read
Kimmo Timonen - Matt Carle
Brayden Coburn - Nicklas Grossmann
Pavel Kubina - Andreas Lilja
"Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."