This was what you call a playoff preview. Get used to Bob Errey interviewing Danny Bylsma on the Penguins bench and Bylsma saying, "Gotta keep our cool, play the right way, and get to our game." Get used to the Penguins dominating the first period only to end up tied 1-1 at intermission. And if Marc-Andre Fleury is less than consistently great, Jordan Staal can't get off a shot on a breakaway, and nobody can pick a corner on Sergei Bobrovsky, get used to disappointment.
|And Nausea. Followed by Dry Heaves.|
- Down 3-2, the Penguins still had every chance to take back control of the game early in the third period. The Flyers gave up several golden chances in the first five minutes. Kris Letang had a wide open look cruising down the left side, but Bobrovsky had the angle. Then Peter Laviolette called a time out. As repulsive as we find Scott Hartnell, it's actually more upsetting that Philly finally has a good coach.
- Imagine how good the Flyers would be if Jeff Carter was still playing.
- The Flyers did a great job drawing penalties last night. Of course, if Sid had done it, it would have been "diving." When someone else does it, it is a "veteran play." GTOG isn't wearing Black and Gold glasses - we understand that Sid draws penalties and that Matt Cooke commits felonies on the ice. We just like to seize opportunities to illustrate to everyone else in the league that you do it, too. See our Twitter commentary on the Todd Bertuzzi situation.
- Where were the Penguins when Detroit was looking to dump Ville Leino?
- The evidence shows that even these superstar-depleted Penguins are a good team. You can see, though, how frustrating it must have been for fans of a team like Ottawa to watch Alexei Kovalev every night. For every snipe job like the bullet he fired past Bobrovsky in the first period, for every dazzling no-look pass like the one he feathered to Ben Lovejoy on Sunday, there are about three plays where he holds the puck a beat too long and turns it over. His blind drop pass - together with poor spacing by a backpedaling Kris Letang - led directly to Claude Giroux's winning goal. This is an unofficial statistic, but in 2001, over the course of his 1658 minutes played, nobody took the puck off of Alexei Kovalev. Alex: that was 10 years ago.
- James Neal was largely invisible last night. Anytime, Jim.
- Not many people know this, but when Pascal Dupuis comes home at night, immediately after tucking in his kids and softly kissing his wife goodnight, he tip-toes down into the basement, picks up a hockey stick, takes aim at the general vicinity of the wall, and uncorks a blistering slapshot. Just to get one more in before he goes to bed.
- Tyler Kennedy is like Tyler Kennedy on that drug from "Limitless."
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