The game started just as every game in this series has with the Penguins scoring first. The game would end just as every game in this series has with a Flyers victory.
Pittsburgh struck first on a Jordan Staal goal 3:52 into the game, but the Flyers would answer just about three minutes later. Former Pen Max Talbot would score an awkward shorthanded goal, where the puck slowly slid past Marc-Andre Fleury.
After Talbot scored Mr. Playoffs Danny Briere would get going and added two more goals. Matt Read and James Neal would both score and the Flyers lead 4-2 at the break. Goals would be plentiful and the Flyers cruised to an 8-4 win.
The goals were not the story of the game, the headlines were the fights and penalty minutes. It all started with surprise, surprise Sidney Crosby. He decided rather than letting Jakub Voracek pick his glove he would knock it away.
Crossing Broad posted a transcript of Crosby’s post-game interview:
Q: When you knocked Voracek’s glove on the ice and hit it away was that just out of frustration?
“I don’t like any guy on their team there. It was near me and he went to pick it up and I pushed it.”
Q: Why don’t you like them?
“I don’t like them, because I don’t like any guy on their team so.”
Q: The fighting and such was that you trying to spark their team a little bit?
“Yea, guys are emotional and there is a lot of stuff going on out there. There is no reason to explain. I don’t have to sit here and explain why I pushed a glove away they are doing a lot of things out there too. You know what, we don’t like each other. Was I going to sit there and pick up his glove? What was I supposed to do?”
Q: You could skate away.
“Skate away? Oh well I didn’t that time.”
This would not be the end of the rough stuff, towards the end of the game it sparked up again. Of course Crosby had his nose in it (and he wonders why people call him dirty).
My favorite moment is when someone, maybe assistant coach Craig Berube yelling to Schenn when he was tangled up with Crosby, “Schenner, f*** him the f*** up!”
It should be interesting to see on Wednesday, if the Pens are out of it early if they try to start some rough stuff again.
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