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Nov. 11, 2007

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The Penguins looked like they're the ones that'll be swept after getting beat in Philadelphia, 5-2.

PREGAME

-Marc-Andre Fleury gets the start in net.

-Ryan Whitney is in the lineup for the first time in four games.

FIRST PERIOD

19:45: What's up with that orange spotlight following the puck?

19:29: The Penguins take their 584th too many men on the ice call.

18:29: It doesn't take the Flyers long to capitalize. From behind the net, Daniel Briere feeds a one-timer to Kimmo Timonen in the right faceoff circle. Timonen's snap shot hits the far post and bounces into Fleury's body. A scrum between Mike Knuble and Mark Eaton results in the puck getting swept into the net. A brief review confirms the goal. Timonen eventually gets credit for it. The Flyers play Bro Hymn by Pennywise which they stole off the Ducks. Anaheim's been playing that song for years following goals. Flyers 1-0.

16:17: We get a peek at the Penguins' 592nd different set of line combinations:

Malone-Crosby-Malkin

Roberts-Staal-Sykora

Recchi-Christensen-Armstrong

Talbot-Hall-Laraque

We'd break up Crosby and Malkin at this point given how little the other lines have produced as of late.

13:49: Fleury appears to get away with a trip on Briere.

12:58: On a power play, the posts help the Penguins again. Briere comes into the offensive zone and fires a laser on net that dings off the iron.

12:09: The Flyers take advantage of another penalty and score. From a bad angle, Briere fires a rebound back on net that hits Knuble in the chest. He's then able to tip the puck enough with the shaft of his stick and it trickles in for a goal. The defense left Fleury out to dry on that one. Colby Armstrong stood there and allowed Knuble to stand in Fleury's doorway long enough to have to pay school taxes. Flyers 2-0.

11:10: After Briere is whistled for high-sticking Ryan Malone, Jason Smith and Malone tussle and drop the gloves. It's a pretty one-sided affair as Smith pulls Malone's jersey over his head and pummels him with several punches before wrestling him to the ice. Malone leaves the ice with a bloody face. The Penguins argue that Malone's cut was caused by the high stick and the officials give the Flyers a double-minor as a result. Replays appear to show Sidney Crosby was who caused the high-stick when he tried to tip Briere's stick away from the puck and it clipped Malone. Either way, the Penguins will get a power play for four minutes.

8:54: The Penguins don't get their first shot on net during this power play until 2:15 of it has expired.

8:08: Crosby tries to set up Whitney on the "back-door" play but Whitney misconnects and the puck caroms into the netting.

7:37: The Flyers are all but handing the Penguins every opportunity to get back into this. Randy Jones is called for a high stick and the Penguins will get a two-man advantage for 26 seconds.

7:07: Briere's second penalty expires with the Penguins failing to even get a single shot off with the two-man advantage.

5:33: Jones' penalty expires and the Flyers dodge a bullet. The Penguins had a power play for 5:36 and fired one shot one, just as many as the Flyers.

3:53: Skating away after Georges Laraque gets in his face, Flyers goon Ben Eager bravely threatens the Penguins bench.

0:00: End of period. Flyers 2, Penguins 0.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-While interviewing the 5-foot-10 Briere, Dan Potash look as if he's interviewing a 12-year-old.

-Holy Mike Ricci is Sami Kapanen ugly.

SECOND PERIOD

17:43: A scrum along the boards results in Darryl Sydor and Stefan Ruzicka getting into a fight. The players exchange several shots in tight before Ruzicka wrestles Sydor to the ice. Ruzicka gets the booted from the game for not having his jersey tied down. In a moment of clarity, we wonder what the logic is in this. You can get kicked out of a game for not tying your jersey to your pants, but you only get a five minute penalty for fighting?

14:26: Sergei Gonchar is sent to the box on a bogus penalty. While engaging Denis Tolpeko against the boards, Gonchar is called for holding. Replays show Tolpeko actually grabbing Gonchar's stick.

14:20: The Flyers don't waste any time. Timonen blasts a one-timer from the point and Joffrey Lupul redirects it past Fleury. Amazingly Lupul was alone in the crease with very little of a challenge from the Penguins. As we come back from commercial, we get treated to some views of the Spectrum. Flyers 3-0.

13:31: The Penguins get their best chance to get on the scoreboard when Malkin fires a wicked shot from the slot but Martin Biron coolly gloves it.

11:59: Bob Errey talks about getting beat up in Atlantic City. Joey Zasa unavailable for comment.

11:21: Whitney comes in on net tight from the left side. He slides a pass across the crease to Malkin who's able to fire the puck through traffic into a wide open net. Flyers 3-1.

1:44: Umberger carries the puck into the offensive zone and smacks a shot off the mask of Fleury.

0:37: Scott Hartnell whacks a puck out of play and takes a delay of game penalty.

0:00.2: After a clearing attempt with approximately 18 seconds left, Fleury makes a heads-up play and hurries the puck back up ice. With little time remaining Gonchar throws the puck on net with a soft wrister through traffic and it beats Biron for a big goal. Flyers 3-2.

0:00: End of period. Flyers 3, Penguins 2.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-Interviewing the 6-foot-4 Malone, Potash looks like he's interviewing Gheorghe Muresan.

-Malone has a nasty-looking cut on his nose.

-Paul Alexander butchers some more names while doing NHL highlights. Josef Vasicek comes out "Josef Vas-Lek" and Alexei Ponikarovksy comes out "Hanika-povskee." Like we've said before, we've made our share of mistakes with EN. There's no hiding that. But Alexander appears to totally disregard his obligation to find out how to pronounce these names. He's essentially making them up.

-Dan Potash called Mike Richter "Mark Richter" the other night. We gave him a pass because we've all had mental mistakes. We ourselves confuse Peter and Paul Stastny all the time. Alexander just isn't making the effort to get these names right.

-The obligatory camera shot of Mike Yeo is given.

THIRD PERIOD

15:44: Timonen tries to dump the puck into the Penguins zone and hit hits the boards and takes a goofy bounce towards the net with Fleury behind it. Thankfully for the Penguins it bounces just wide and Fleury gloves it.

14:29: While doing a promo for an FSN show, Paul Steigerwald says "Tomorrow night at nine on ESPN." Steigerwald is cool enough to poke some fun at himself for the mistake.

12:06: Another Flyers power play, another Flyer in crease of the net uncontested, another goal. Mike Richards throws a puck on net from the point. It finds its ways through traffic and Fleury makes the initial save. Standing alone to the right of the crease, Briere easily bangs the rebound home. Flyers 4-2.

7:39: The Subway Sandwich of the game is pretty weak. We've had rougher experiences working the soda machine at Subway than Colby Armstrong's bump into Timonen.

5:13: It's not quite Adam Grave caliber, but Smith tomahawks Crosby in the hand with his stick and Crosby falls to the ice in pain. Somehow nothing is called. Philadelphia fans, classy as always, boo Crosby.

2:54: Erik Christensen gets away with a trip on Umberger.

1:12: Malkin and Smith are racing for a puck in front of the team benches and Malkin shoulders Smith into the boards and on to the ice.

1:04: Gonchar fires a shot on net that Biron easily gloves. Several of the Flyers go after Malkin who calmly skates away. A scrum develops in the corner. Smith and Malone are jawing at each other. After everyone is seemingly separated, Braydon Coburn and Malone drop their gloves but officials don't allow them to fight. Both players are kicked out. Fleury's is pulled in favor of an extra attacker.

0:58: The Flyers take all of six seconds after the faceoff to come right down the ice and score. Hartnell fires a shot from the blueline for an easy one of us Flyers 5-2.

0:00: End of game. Flyers 5, Penguins 2.

POSTGAME

-Anyone who blames Fleury for this loss is either Dany Sabourin's mom or crazy. Fleury's teammates left him out to dry. If it wasn't for him hurrying the play along, they wouldn't of even had their second goal.

-Special teams were nothing short of a disaster for the Penguins last night. They went 1-for-7 on the power play while the Flyers were 4-for-7.

-Why does the 8-0 sweep of the Flyers last season seem like it occurred a decade ago?

-Is it fair to put out an APB on Gary Roberts?

-Dave Molinari's recap.

-Game Summary.

-Event Summary.

-Highlights:

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-The Penguins could open next season in Sweden. The way these rumors are flying, the Penguins will playing have a West Coast trip that takes them into Cambodia at some point.

-In the AHL, Springfield beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 4-2.

Atlantic Division

-Martin Brodeur was denied a chance at winning his 500th career win as the Islanders topped the Devils, 2-1.

-Sean Avery did just about everything and helped the Rangers beat the Maple Leafs, 3-2.

-The Islanders re-acquired defenseman Freddy Meyer off waivers from Phoenix.

-Former Penguins forward Joe Mullen is fitting in with the Flyers as an assistant coach.

Northeast Division

-Two goals by Daniel Alfredsson lifted the Senators to a 3-1 defeat of the Canadiens.

-Tim Thomas made 45 saves for the Bruins in a 2-1 defeat of the Sabres.

-Maxim Afinogenov was benched by the Sabres.

-Former Penguins forward Tom Kostopoulos has been embraced by Montreal's Greek community.

Southeast Division

-A three-point night by Vaclav Prospal led the Lightning to a 5-2 win against the Capitals.

- Rod Brind'Amour scored two goals in the Hurricanes' 5-3 defeat of the Thrashers.

-After a terrible start to the season, Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has brought the team back to respectability.

-Hurricanes' defenseman Dennis Seidenberg got some visa problems resolved.

Central Division

-The city of Nashville put a "final" offer on the table to the group attempting to purchase the Predators.

Pacific Division

-If you want to find a team in a bigger slump than the Penguins, take a look at the Dallas Stars. They blew a four goal lead in the third period and fell to the Kings, 6-5.

-San Jose's Jeremy Roenick became the third American-born player to score 500th goals as the Sharks topped the Coyotes 4-1. After watching the video, we're willing to bet Roenick has scored at least 499 prettier goals.

-Stars Mike Modano received a phone call from President Bush offering congratulations for setting the career scoring record for American-born players.

Northwest Division

-Shawn Horcoff scored two goals for the Oilers in a 4-2 defeat of the rival Flames.

-Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr smashed Edmonton forward Ales Hemsky:

That's worth five games at least.

Adams Division

-Johnstown is a hockey city.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail had a nice piece on how members of the 2007 hall of fame class have stayed involved in hockey.



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