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Songs from the Wheelchair, Pens vs Flyers 10/16/10

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Due to the nature of a car accident on Friday, my observations of tonights game are ….. enhanced due to medications to reduce the pain currently in my back (I will be fine, just more rest and relaxation is needed)

Penguins  in Philadelphia….what more needs to be said.

The big news of the evening was that Brent Johnson would be starting in goal for the Penguins. Plain and simple, he earned the right to start another game.  While I have defended Fleury, and I still would he is not above criticism for his tendencies (Gilles Meloche, I am looking in your direction).  I saw a few tweets bashing Blysma for ruining MAF’s confidence. Hey, he’s 26 and should be heading into his prime years as an NHL goalie but instead he still deals with inconsistency on a fairly regular basis. He can’t hide behind the excuses anymore (too young, no defense, etc) if he wants to be the #1 in Pittsburgh, he’s clearly going to have to earn his spot, and that’s a tough thing to say for a guy making $5 million a year. The time to rest on the laurels has passed, and he’s not the only one that needs to be served notice…..

That being said…. Game On!

I hope I am not the only one to have gotten an odd feeling to the start of this game….

2:33 into the game Jody Shelley investigates Mike Rupp

and then decides to check out Rupp’s clean close shave…..

We waited with bated breath but…

Much like the image above…..it just doesn’t happen like you would expect it to

It wouldn’t be much later when Daniel Briere shows up on the post next to Beej….

1-0 Flyers

I really hate to say it but this game didn’t feel like standard Pens/Flyers fare…..but it could very well have been the vicodin kicking in at this point…

It may have been 5  minutes later, it could have been 20 minutes…

Flyers defense are changing as Chris Kunitz enters the zone and roasts Bobrovsky

1-1 game

The only other newsworthy thing form the 1st period: Eric Tangradi getting 4 minutes for high stick…..seems like he’s involved in that scenario in every game this season, doesn’t it?

Onward to the 2nd period….

I know at this point my pain killers were kicking in….

Somewhere in the haze of medicinal splendor, I almost thought a bromace was blossoming between Matt Cooke and Mike Richards….turns out it was all cheap talk, Richards didn’t want to do the gentlemanly thing and pay for Cooke’s dinner so they split up and went their separate ways to ponder why they just can’t get along.

I sat in a wonderful haze for most of the rest of the period, in this haze I discovered that Chris Pronger moonlights as a masturbator for caged animals, somehow he forgot which job he came to tonight as he had a tight grip on Letestu’s stick while taking him down to the ice…letting go just in time to watch Mark put the puck home.

2-1 Pens

Jeff Carter grows jealous of Goligoski playing like a man possessed and puts his stick in his face, 4 minutes to carry over into the 3rd Period…

3rd Period

Claude Giroux and Mike Richards decide to get the arena going on the never ending “Crosby Sucks” chants and subsequently taking some of the best seats in the house to watch Sidney Crosby roll up to the podium for an impromptu spoken word performance

Check for yourself

2 PP goals in 1:24…

4-1 Pens….My laughter ensued quite heavily…

Flyers eventually get a few Power plays, no one cared…

Laviolette pulled Bobnoxious while on a PP only to get laughed at by….

Emptynetter, 5-1 – Lights out

Pens Win!

God Bless Seth for this gem after the game!

Gonchar and the Sens on Monday….

Pic Credits: PierceMattie.com, Gizmodo.com, Flickr.com, horseracingtrends.com

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  1. Gary Coles

    October 17, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I’m glad your are alright after your car accident. I agree that Fluery need to find his game. Maybe we should look for a new goalie coach. Meloche just doesn’t seem to be getting the point accross about lack of concentration on Fluery part. He need to work on being focused for every game he starts. What do you think?

    Take care and get better Brian

  2. OneSmugPug

    October 17, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Brian wasn’t in the accident, I (Todd) was. I would like to point out, now that the haze is subsided this morning,that the Pens got away from east/west passing and made a point to take away rebound opportunities for the Flyers. It was close, until the 3rd period then the Flyers’ Undisciplined Freight Train allowed the Pens to take control in the 3rd. Mike Richards complaining after the game just makes it look worse than it is. Briere was MILES better in his post game and didn’t point fingers at anyone but the Flyers when it came to responsibilities.

  3. Francine Boudreau

    October 17, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Good reports even with the meds. Thanks and get better quick.

  4. Francine Boudreau

    October 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

    OMG Just watched the interview with Mike Richards….only 2 words; NO CLASS! Thanks for posting Todd and take care of yourself.

  5. Evilpens

    October 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

    2 Words on Mike Richards “Pure Leadership” err ………… that’s what he guy pal Pierre McGuire tells us

    & by the way Engelland, Lovejoy & Hutchinson were SOLID again !! Can’t wait to get Orpik & Z back though

  6. Dirk

    October 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I hope flower gets it together. It would be disgusting to have 5 million dollars riding the pine all season. I highly highly doubt this happens but if it were to happen ..