Wednesday, December 12, 2007
[ NHL.com RECAP ]
"And when Therrien's postgame session with reporters ended, Flyers knuckle-dragger Ben Eager (0 points, 60 penalty minutes), whom Therrien passed in a corridor outside the Penguins' locker room, said to him, "You're a joke."
"Therrien offered a two-word comeback, only the second half of which -- "you" -- is suitable for public consumption."
[Post Gazette ]
Nothing you can do about this one.
In the meantime,
the only good thing to come out of tonight's game:
***The Ben Eager/Flyers Expo has officially begun.**** Come one, come all.
Anything depicting a Flyer and or especially Ben Eager in a negative light will be accepted.
Deadline is Jan 17.
Bring the noise.
Here are some stock photos of Eager, seeing that no one knows what he looks like anyway:
What a scumbag.
Tonight was Mark Recchi's turn. Whoops.
And early on, it looks like Jason Smith's slash of Sidney Crosby late in the last Pens/Philly game was not forgotten by Malone.
Malone's a beast.
The Pens went down a minute into the game.
It was just beginning.
The first four minutes featured the Penguins looking in complete disarray.
Palindrome put another one home with a slapper to make it 2-0.
The Pens finally sustained a forecheck with Staal and Kennedy, forcing goalie Biron to put down his roast beef sandwich.
After Sid tried a couple times to get through the Flyers, the play went the other way and Sabu had to make a huge save on a shot from the slot.
Versus interviewed the Flyers owner in the first period regarding the numerous Flyers suspensions this season.
Man, did he bomb that.
Staal and Kennedy get something going again, and it results in a Pens power play.
Cue The Whitney Play™.
Bring it home. 2-1.
And on the next play, Roberts draws a penalty.
Powerplay blog again.
The Pens survived a scare later when Sabu came out and MAF'ed it behind the net.
The Pens headed to the box late in the first.
Jordan Staal had a golden opportunity on a shorthanded breakaway, but no dice.
What a one-touch pass by Eaton. Damn it.
The first period comes to an end.
Roberts got his stick up into Hartnell's piehole.
Hartnell acts like he got slashed by Jason Vorhees. What a baby.
Give Hartnell an Oscar on that one. PKblog.
Eaton makes his 31st goal-saving play of the year on the PK.
And then the Pens go down two men when Gonch heads to the box.
The PK goes OT.
Roberts comes flying out of the box like a midget and gets the puck out of the zone.
What a huge PK for the Pens.
And as the second period neared the halfway point, it was meltdown blog.
First, it was Mike Richards, who deflects it in off his balls. But the goal goes to Umberger. 3-2.
The second period was jobber city after that.
And then Christensen evened up a potential power play with a punch to the back of some dude's head.
But the Flyers took another penalty, and the Pens got a chance with a 4-on-3.
Biron makes a balls-out save on Letang. What a stretch of hockey there.
They had a 5-on-4 for a while after that.
The Pens made some noise, but the Flyers survive.
And for the second time tonight, the Pens will be going into an intermission shorthanded.
But this time it was 4 minutes.
Letang punched Upshall, and then huffed and puffed and got a unsportsmanlike.
Hopefully Letang said something about Bill McCreary's mustache.
"Auditions for 'Wyatt Earp' ended a decade ago, dick."
And oof, with 9 seconds remaining, the Flyers score when Mike Knuble puts in a rebound from the slot. 5-2.
Things were messier than Mariah Carey's life.
The Pens definitely weren't out of it going into the third.
Therrien also decided it was time to have some fun with line combinations.
Malkin-Sid-Kennedy come out for a shift.
That was about the last hockey-related thing that happened during the third period.
Off a faceoff, BGL ask Ben Eager to fight. Eager poops himself.
But then it happens, Ben Eager douches Laraque with an elbow.
Somehow Eager gets no penalty.
All we see is BGL in the box.
The camera switches to Roberts and Eager throwing down.
We're not boxing experts, but it wasn't even close.
Eager hit air three times, while Roberts was waiting to bring a howlizter to the anus every time.
Right there is why Roberts is a man. Nothing else needs to be said.
The Flyers had a power play out of that somehow and took advantage.
Palindrome gets the HT.
There was 15:53 left.
The Flyers were up 6-2 now, which could have meant headhunting season for the Broad Street Homos.
Gonch decides to job it out of the zone, but it goes over the glass.
"Don't go anywhere, folks." -- Eddie Olczyk.
"Go somewhere else." -- 2005 Penguins front office.
A totally unwarranted Edzo slam.
That's what happens when it's 7-2.
After that business, there was another scrap.
Flyers go on the power play again.
But no dice.
Never fear, they were back on the powerplay.
BGL broke his stick crosschecking someone.
And then another shot heard 'round the world.
Sid borderline trips Martin Biron behind the Flyers net. Sid loves it.
And then the Flyers fans use the assistance of the Wachovia Center organ to chant "Crosby Sucks."
After another scuffle with Whitney and Armstrong going to the box for fighting, the Wachovia faithful start chanting "We want Crosby."
Yeah, every NHL team does.
By this time, we just wanted to get out of Philly without any injuries.
Balls, Laraque wasn't done.
He totally jobs Martin Biron, trying to take his legs out.
He didn't even try to disguise it.
That is the definition of a job. Pure and simple.
If Biron gets injured there, BGL would have that blemish for the rest of his life.
That resulted in a Flyers power play.
Umberger made it 8-2.
Longtime Pens fan Elmo had seen enough
- Pens: -2 in pride
- Bing: 2 A
- [ Here's a pic link that shows the game's penalties ]
- Philly: 13 Power plays
- We beat them up 8 times last year. This is nature evening things out.
- Lost in all the madness was Jarkko Ruutu. He wasn't a presence in the third when he should have been out there.
- Ben Eager backed down from another man. How embarassing.
- Probably the only game of the season when Adam Hall gets more ice time than Sidney Crosby.
- Pensblog Canaan was in attendance and said he was booed out of his section in the third period, but he left pulling at his Crosby jersey screaming Hart, Hart, Hart.
- Did anyone else get the feeling that Versus was trying to hide the antics by going to a game-break?
- Lord Therrien was insane after the game:
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