The story of today’s game was a dirty play by Brayden Schenn, a big hit by Joe Vitale, and a brawl instigated by the Flyers.
Brayden Schenn cross-checked
to the ice from behind when Crosby was just casually
skating to the bench after Steve Sullivan’s goal with less than five minutes
left in the game. It was a gutless
crosscheck by Schenn and this is the type of garbage that needs to be taken
out of the game. Schenn saw the name Crosby on the
sweater and decided to see if he could give him another injury—and that is
undeniable. Yet, the refs didn’t even give Schenn a penalty and this is what
makes fans want to turn off their TV sets and computers.
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After Sullivan’s goal, the Pens pulled Fleury and the Flyers scored an empty-netter at the mark, making it 6-3 in their favor. Pens coach Dan Bylsma put out his fourth line to finish the game and Vitale nailed Danny Briere with a clean body check as Briere crossed his own blue-line. The Flyer players did not like the hit and started a brawl. Arron Asham was able to get some good punches in on Schenn, and Engelland gave Wayne Simmonds of the Flyers a deserved beating for wanting to fight. Coach Laviolette of the flyers lost his cool although he had no reason to do so since it was Schenn who started it by cross-checking
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The Pens ended-up with a power-play and scored to end the game with a 6-4 loss. The next three games for each team will be important because home-ice advantage is at stake.