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Friday, October 14, 2005

Big Night at the Big House

If there is such a thing as a big early-season game in the NHL, tonight's game at the Big House, the Wachovia Center down in South Philly, should be considered one. 

The Philadelphia Flyers take on the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that should be interesting for a number of reasons. 

First, it is an appearance by one of the greatest hockey players of all-time, the Pens' Mario Lemieux

Then the Pens toss in the new sensation in the game, top draft pick rookie Sidney Crosby in his first Philly appearance. 

Finally, there is the return of two former Fly Boys who had extremely long and popular careers in the Orange & Black, John LeClair and Mark Recchi

Add a measure of early-season desperation to all that, as the two teams, expected to be contenders, have just a single victory among them in seven combined games. For one club, it could be a nice jump-start, while the loser remains a struggling enigma. 

Thus far, I have found the "new" NHL game a bit disjointed. Far too many penalties as players get used to the new rules that should prove to open the game up a bit. For me, the jury is still out. Should be a rollickin' good time in South Philly.

1 comment:

Matt Veasey said...

Good job by the Fly Boys, gutting out a 6-5 OT win on Mike Rathje's power-play goal. Though the Flyers have been somewhat piloried in the local media for blowing what was a 5-1 lead in the game, the fact is that the Pens have a ton of offensive firepower, and this is the way things can go in the new, wide-open NHL. Peter Forsberg had a big 4-assist game, and setup the win with a hustling play in the final minute of regulation that caused Pens phenom Sidney Crosby to stop him by committing a penalty. This led directly to the game-winning power play goal. Nice job boys. Now it's the Pens scrambling, still looking for their first victory of the season.