Just like a fight between Superman and Robin, the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Philadelphia Flyers last night in route to a 4-1 victory, the Pens sixth of the season. For many a Pens fan, this might/was the most satisfying win of the young season. The Flyers looked very bit as horrible as their 1-7 record indicates, sans a brief flurry in the first period and a Wayne Simmons redirect.
Although Penguins coach Dan Bylsma disagrees, saying, "I didn’t want to say it, but if they win that game they’re six points behind us. We didn’t think we were playing a team that resembled the record that they had. They have a dangerous team. This game rivaled in intensity and physicality any game we’ve played this year. It was an opportunity for us to win this hockey game and go up 10 points. We were treating it like a big match in our division against a good team.”
Regardless of this debate, The Penguins stars continued a trend of filling up the score-sheet. Sidney Crosby had three points (1 goal and 2 assists) and Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz netted goals. Jussi Jokinen added the other Pens tally. Dupuis, Niskanen, and Adams were credited with helpers.
However, it's Marc-Andre Fleury who was the star of the game. His twenty-four save performance continued his undefeated streak, which stands at six games. After letting in the Simmons goal, Fleury frustrated the Flyers by denying them some very good chances. Fleury's sensational start as his critics washing down their humble-pie with a glass of crow.
Bylsma said of his goalie, "He looks strong in the net. He's looked strong the whole season. He looked strong again in this game. This is a team that brings a lot to the net. There's a lot of [activity] in front of the net power play-wise and 5-on-5, and they did that. He's strong in there, played really solid and held the fort for us."
Crosby added, "Starting with [Fleury], you don't win that many games without making some mistakes at different points, and he's been there to shut the door [and] was there again [Thursday night]."
The Penguins next game is against the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday matinee. Puck drops at 1:00pm and can be seen on ROOT Sports.
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