An eerily similar start

The Pens had to get on the board early.  It wouldn’t hurt to do so on the power play as well.  Less than five minutes in Sid Crosby went skate, to stick, to post, to Marty Biron’s foot and in.

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1-0 lead … confidence boost.

That’s how goals are scored in the playoffs.  Remember last year?  Gary Roberts got the puck in front of the net and threw a blind bankhander to the net that trickled past Martin Gerber and in.  His goal was just 1:08 in to the game, which the Pens went on to dominate and win, 4-0.

This time Crosby’s goal came 4:41 into the game, which the Pens went on to dominate and win, 4-1.

Nothing seems to change wit the Philadelphia Flyers and I’ve got to say that it’s fine with me.

35 penalty minutes?  Thank you!  16 from Scott Hartnell alone?  We’ll take it.

In last year’s opening win over the Ottawa Senators, the Sens took 29 minutes worth of penalties — most of which came from brewing frustration over their inability to score and the fact that they were dominated all over the ice in each period.

It’s great that the Pens are off to a similar start.  If it’s at all indicative of the success that they will have as these playoffs continue than we’re in good shape.

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The fact is, though, that this is a good Flyer team.  They are much better than they played in Game 1.

The Flyers have embraced the physical, intimidating style of hockey for seemingly forever.  The problem for them is the fact that this bunch borders the clinically insane … at least on Wednesday they did.

Less than five minutes into the game, Arron Asham set the tone by taking a hooking penalty.  It all went downhill from there for the orange a black … to the delight of 17,132 in attendance.

I wouldn’t count on the Pens benefitting from undisciplined hockey throughout the series.  And honestly, the Pens didn’t do as much as they could have with all the opportunities they were presented with.

A 1-for-9 mark on the power play was a tad disappointing considering the 1-for-1 start.  I wouldn’t say it’s a concern right now, but continuing numbers like that will be trouble.

After the game Philadelphia head coach John Stevens voiced his displeasure with the way his team acted, more specifically the downright stupid decisions Scott Hartnell made as the game progressed.

Philly will do everything it can to come out and perform like a different team in Game 2 tomorrow night.  The key for the Pens is to weather the storm that the Flyers are going to try to bring and capitalize on the few opportunities they get.

Another early goal for Pittsburgh would be huge.

Game 2 is going to tell us alot about this series.  Flyers lay another egg … over quick.  Flyers show up … you’ve got yourself a series.

We’ll be posting picture from Game 1 as a pre-game post for Game 2.  Be sure to check back tomorrow, GAMEDAY.

Chris | PPT

“Avenge 6-4-08”

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