PENGUINS 4 – FLYERS 1
A coaching change hasn’t and won’t solve the Philadelphia Flyers (1-7-0, 2 pts) issues. The Pittsburgh Penguins (6-1-0, 12 pts) dominated play for 52-53 minutes of the game, en route to a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday night.
Sidney Crosby (5) had a goal and an assist, and Marc Andre Fleury made 24 saves to improve to 6-0-0 on the season. Crosby has 14 points in seven games, maintaining his 2 point per game average. Evgeni Malkin (3, empty net) had a goal and assist, and Pascal Dupuis had 2 assists.
Jussi Jokinen (4), Chris Kunitz (3) also scored for the Penguins. Wayne Simmonds scored the Flyers lone goal and Philadelphia has scored just 11 goals this season and are the first team in the expansion era to start the first 8 games without scoring three goals in a game.
The Flyers falling to 1-7 on the season were in what many felt was a must win game tonight. The Penguins completely dominated play through the first two periods and held a 29-13 edge in shots through the first two periods. The Penguins didn’t allow a shot in the second period until with 9:23 left in the period.
Flyers netminder Steve Mason was among the Flyers few bright spots and is about Philadelphia’s only positive this season as he was standing on his hand for much of the night. It’s going to be a long season in Philadelphia and major changes are likely in store.