Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers - 12:00 PM/ET
Flyers Lead Series 3-2
Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC, TSN, RDS
The Pittsburgh Penguins are halfway through accomplishing their goal in this series. But, once again, the game today means everything. The Philadelphia Flyers still have room for error. The Pittsburgh Penguins do not. All of the highs we felt after games four and five and all of the lows we felt after games ones, two and especially three will be nothing compared to how we feel after this game today. Hopefully it's another high.
The Penguins have clawed their way back into this series after digging a pretty big hole for themselves. Now they have to find a way to bring it back to Pittsburgh for one more game. A win today does just that. A win today brings the team one step closer to possibly the greatest comeback in franchise history. A win today means the Pittsburgh Penguins wtill have life.
The Flyers won't go down easily. In game four they were embarrassed on their home ice. They were heckled by their own fans. They won't want to see that happen again. Today's game will likely have the same "playoff feel" as game five. The days of crazy blowouts and football-like scores are probably behind us. It's all about playing responsible, tough hockey. It's all about having strong defense and stronger goaltending. It's all about special teams.
The Flyers have scored 11 power play goals in this series, but they haven't scored an even strength goal since the third period of game three. It's pretty obvious that, no matter what the Flyers or their fans try to pull, the Pittsburgh Penguins will need to be composed and avoid taking dumb penalties.
In game four all we wanted was for the Penguins that we all know and love to show up and bring the series back to Pittsburgh. In game five we wanted to defend our home ice. In game six, it's now become a series and the Pittsburgh Penguins need two more wins. They can get one today. That's all that matters right now.
"Lions, and tigers and bears! Oh, my!"
Last Game: April 20th, 2012 - Penguins Won 3-2
What we said:
The Pens are officially back in this series. Say you had one of the worst credit scores of all time when you were like 22. But then you get a steady job, settle your finances, and begin a comeback. Then you turn 26 and you're a year away from being able to buy a car without having a co-signer. Is your comeback hindered when you think about where you used to be when you were 22? No. If anything, it just keep pushes you. You battle. That's where the Pens are at now. The big difference in this series now is the Game One that went to overtime.
In this one, the Pens powerplay came through. Staal gave the Pens another jump. And TK served notice to anyone jobbing him; he's a playoff performer.
Know Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey
What they're saying:
There's not much to say about today's Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers can make us all feel silly about this mini-panic attack with just three short hours of hockey today, or they can send an entire city and region into cardiac arrest. It's their choice.
I'm convinced this Flyers team is better than this Pittsburgh Penguins team. I've seen too many games between the two teams this season to think otherwise. The Flyers have effectively shut down Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby all year long, they've shown Marc-Andre Fleury to be human more often than not, and they've won the special teams battle throughout the season series and this playoff series. They can score against them and they can shut them down, and they only have to do it one more time this season.
I think the Flyers believe they're a better team as well, and they have the chance to go out there and prove it. The City of Pittsburgh is frothing at the mouth at the possibility of coming back from an 0-3 deficit against these Flyers, but with a win today, the orange and black can kick them in the teeth with a rather convincing 4-2 series win, regardless of what's played out in the two most recent games.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
The Pens are focused on game six.
If momentum is anything, the Pens have it.
Marc-Andre Fleury is a big deal.
Jordan Staal is too.
Philadelphia Flyers Notes:
The Flyers are scoring late in their power plays.
Is there any doubt in the Flyers?
Philadelphia says momentum is nothing.
On Friday night this Consol Energy Center was "the loudest an arena has been for a Flyers game, home or away, this season." Will Philly fans respond today?
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Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James neal
Steve Sullivan - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams
Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Matt Niskanen - Zbynek Michalek
Simon Despres - Deryk Engelland
Philadelphia Flyers Lines from Empty Netters:
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Brayden Schenn - Daniel Briere - Wayne Simmonds
Maxime Talbot - Sean Couturier - Eric Wellwood
James van Riemsdyk - Matt Read - Jakub Voracek
Kimmo Timonen - Brayden Coburn
Matt Carle - Erik Gustafsson
Pavel Kubina - Andreas Lilja