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Link Checks 4/18/2012

It’s finally gameday and the Flyers are going for the sweep (TCL Flyers).  The Pens’ are on the brink of being eliminated with their depleted lineup (TCL Flyers).  

This is because just yesterday, Brendan Shanahan made the decision to suspend Arron Asham and James Neal.  Asham received four games, while Neal received just one (TCL Flyers).  They will join Craig Adams in the stands as he was also suspended a game.  All these fines and suspensions were discussed on the latest edition of Flyers Corner (TCL Flyers).  Also, many fans believe the NHL is inconsistent with their decisions on suspensions.  They believe Shanahan has dropped the ball (Orange and Black Pack).

Another thing discussed was Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang’s struggling play.  He was supposed to be the star player for the Pens, but he has underperformed and the Flyers have taken advantage (TCL Flyers).  They’ll look to do so again tonight because they don’t want to give the Pens’ a fighting chance.  The Flyers just want to sweep and move on (CSNPhilly).  They’re not changing their approach heading into the game (CSNPhilly), as they have thrived being the underdogs and less-talked about team (CSNPhilly).

Frustrating Sidney Crosby is something the Flyers have done well this season.  They’re continuing to get under his skin, and it’s affecting him on the score sheet (CSNPhilly).  Crosby is even saying things about the Flyers to the media, sparking the Flyers organization to make the t-shirt giveaway for Game 4 responding to his quote (Puck Daddy).

There is now one team up in each series, even if it is only by one game:

Just like the Flyers, the Kings will play tonight looking for a sweep (NHL.com).  The Blues and Sharks won’t play until tomorrow, when the Blues will look to take a 3-1 lead (NHL.com).  The ‘Yotes are in the same situation, versing the Blackhawks (NHL.com).  Nashville and Detroit played last night, and the Red Wings just looked defeated as the Predators took a 3-1 series lead (NHL.com).

Heading to the East, the Rangers will try to make it three wins tonight over the Senators (NHL.com).  Boston will look to do the same over Washington on Thursday (NHL.com).  Florida is trying to do exactly what Boston and New York are, but they’re playing tonight (NHL.com).

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