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Saturday, January 24, 2015

TRP: This Week In #FartNoise by @LCJS

By: Lee C.J. Sobotka | Staff Writer

This is Three Rivers Philosophizer - A weekly review of stuff that is going on in my brain... at least the stuff that has to do with hockey. If you don't like it, I don't blame you.

This Week In #FartNoise:

Rangers @ Penguins

Last Sunday, the Pens welcomed the Rangers to Pittsburgh only for the Rangers to score within the 1st minute.
Before the 1st period was half over, it was 2-0 Rangers.

With 5 minutes left in the 1st, Crosby may have found that rental space in Lundqvist's head by cutting the Rangers lead in half.
Sadly, in the second, Rick Nash scored his 2nd goal of the game to make it 3-1 Rags.  Of course Nash is well known for his love of hoagies.

Shortly thereafter it became 4-1 Rangers.
It's been that kind of game.

Early in the 3rd, Perron was able to cut the lead to 4-2.
Only for Greiss to give one up moments later to Derek Stepan after a bad turnover by Malkin.

In the end, the final was 5-2.

Penguins @ Flyers:

Of course, this was a game that needed no introduction. It did, however, require trash talking - on both sides.

Of course, Root Sports had some problems with their white balance, making it incredibly difficult to watch the game.

The game was all Pens at the beginning:

But of course the Flyers got on the board first in the latter half of the period, scoring on their 2nd shot of the game.

Not long after Rinaldo injured Letang on a hit from behind into the boards.

Here is the hit in question:

The 1st period ended with the Pens outshooting the Flyers 17-3 and squandering a 5 minute power play, only to be down 1-0.

In the 2nd, while on the PK, Kunitz finally got the Pens on the board.

The game then devolved into a slugfest, where if I catalogued all of the fights/penalties, I would still be typing this.

Early in the 3rd, Beau Bennett scored to give the Pens the lead, 2-1.
Only to have the Flyers tie it 2 minutes later.

The game went to overtime where the Pens killed off a 2 minute power play only for Malkin to hop on the ice too early.  With 7 seconds left on that penalty, Giroux scored to end the game in a loss for the Pens, 3-2.

My post game thoughts were thus:

Blackhawks @ Penguins:

in the final game before the All-Star break, there would be no Kris Letang (though he did skate earlier in the day).  The big surprise, however, was Malkin being a late scratch.

After the 1st, the score was 1-0 Blackhawks. With no Geno, no Letang and a game clock that was having brain farts, it looked to be a long night.

After another Blackhawks goal, Zach Sill recorded his first NHL goal to cut the lead in half!  So to have Chicago up only one at this point in the game, it had to be viewed as a success.

Moments later, Downie scored to tie the game - possibly signaling the beginning of the apocalypse by having both Sill and Downie score.

In the 3rd, Perron had an amazing chance to score but couldn't quite get it done.

For the second straight night, the game went to overtime.  After an extremely entertaining overtime, the game proceeded to a shootout.

Perron... Post
Towes... Goal
Crosby... Stopped
Kane... Goal

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Olivia provided thoughts on Perron.

Nick Case talked about the Metro division.

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