Game 6 between Pittsburgh and Philly got off to a big bang thanks to the top two centers for each team coming together. Just five seconds into the game, Claude Giroux buried Penguins captain Sidney Crosby with a monster hit. 27 seconds later Giroux would rip a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to put the Flyers up 1-0.
Thanks to our friends at CSNPhilly.com, check out Giroux’s huge hit that got Philly started on the right foot.
Jordan Staal is known primarily for his defensive abilities, but in a series that has been much more offensively-oriented, he’s still made his presence known. Staal had a hat trick on Wednesday and contributed another goal and assist in Friday’s 3-2 victory.
Overall, he has six goals and nine points in this series — which is one more than Sidney Crosby. Staal has also been one of the Penguins’ more disciplined players, having accumulated just two penalty minutes in the wild series.
Staal is a great all-around talent and his offensive abilities have been somewhat underrated, due in part to his injury-shortened 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. He was a big part of the Penguins’ first Cup run and if they manage to get past the Philadelphia Flyers, it will be due in no small part to his contributions.
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Considering the fact that Philadelphia Flyers fans have been chanting “Crosby sucks” for years, you’d think Sidney Crosby would be aware of the dislike. In fact, when asked about that rather stunning “Cowardly Penguin” cover, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain said it was one of the nicer things they’ve called him. Well, just in case there was any vagueness, the staff at the Wells Fargo Center is handing out these T-shirts:
(Image via Kevin McGran)
Groundbreaking stuff, huh?
Personally, I might have gone with “We didn’t like you first” or something like that. Feel free to propose your own (family-friendly) alternative shirt ideas in the comments, too.
Game 4 between the Penguins and Flyers will drop the puck tonight, but people are still buzzing about how Sidney Crosby carried himself during the Pittsburgh’s 8-4 loss. One of those people is none other than Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr writes in his blog for Czech website, iSport, that even he’s surprised by some of the things Crosby did in an effort to stand up for his team. While Jagr plays it cool, he says that he wouldn’t have acted out the way Crosby did if he was in his shoes.
There is a lot of talk now about Sidney Crosby and what he’s been doing on the ice. Some give it a lot of thought, others less. And I am a guy who does not care at all, I take no notice. He does harm only to himself. But every man is different, perhaps this helps him get into the game and play better.
But I don’t want to add any more comments; I really take no notice of it. In fact, when on the ice, I hardly know something like this is going on. I really want to focus on my game, to be as useful as possible to my team.
Focusing on your own team is always the best way to do things, but you could argue that’s exactly what Crosby was trying to do in his own Flyer-irritating way.
As for Jagr, one more Flyers victory sees him vanquish his first team from the playoffs finishing off what would be a heartbreaking year for the Penguins, one that started with their courtship of Jagr only to see him knock the Pens out while playing for their most hated rival.
Local newspapers have a long history of strange Photoshop treatments, but the Philadelphia Daily News’ Frank Seravalli provides a look at Wednesday’s cover treatment of Sidney Crosby that you need to see to believe:
Yes, that’s Sidney Crosby’s face and skates superimposed on The Cowardly Lion from “The Wizard of Oz.”
When I say “you need to see it to believe it,” I mean it from a personal standpoint. I literally had to ask Broad Street Hockey’s Travis Hughes that this is real. On a night full of scary moments and strange suspensions, this might be the most stunning NHL-related thing you’ll see.
So, uh … what do you think?