The equation above is simple. Flyers are a bunch of Goons. The Pens picked up right where they left off the last time these teams met, in Philly no less. Talbot wasn't there to shush anyone, but Malkin, Staal, Geurin, Golgoski and Kennedy took it upon themselves to quiet the crowd.
As the Google alerts come rushing in all I'm seeing there is stuff like, "Guerin and Golgoski lead Pens past Flyers." Don't get me wrong, each scored a goal and did their duty...Golgoski more so. But the real honcho of the night was Malkin. A goal and an assist and played like a beast. Being on the same line with Staal really seemed to show that chemistry they once had a few years back. This might be something you see Bylsma go to more often with the Talbot out of the lineup and Dupuis attempting to fill in.
Random Craig Adams fight. Always enjoyable, though nothing to tweet about.
Either way, great way to start the game. Though about 11 minutes later Fanny redeemed himself and ties the game. [1-1]. There isn't much more in life that irritates me more than seeing the Flyers score.
Anyway, just over 30 seconds later Staalzy takes a nice pass up the middle from Geno and shields a player to go top shelf against Emery. [2-1]. Staal played a huge game tonight. He's been a beast on the draw as of late.
At that point the Pens played conservative hockey, just trying to keep the puck out of their zone and maintain clock management. Everything was working up to the 19 minute point where Philly pulled Emery and stole Fleury's stick that lead to Carter going up-high-blocker-side. [5-4]
Then the frustration set in for the Flyers. They had one decent chance to tie the game only to have Richards show all of his leadership at once and form-tackle Fleury. Ronald McHartnell decided to randomly yoke Letang up, shuffle him to the ground, and bite his finger. After which Pronger got in Kunitz face. Some penalties were handed out and that was it.