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No internet connection in a $200+ room/night at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City – what’s up with that? Either way, he is pretty cool game story/evaluation story on the Flyboys, enjoy.

Wondering which team will show up – it had better be a hungrier team than we saw on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

I would be embarrassed after that performance – not to mention this team has lost 11 of their last 14 games.

Captain Mike Richards recently called out his boys, questioning their heart.

But this is Pittsburgh, and recently – the Penguins have simply owned the Flyers, you would think the Flyers should come out flying – but I’ve seen this team one too many times play the Mr. Flyer Killer, Sidney Crosby.

The Flyers got on the board at 18:45 of the first period, kind of a fluky goal, but great start for the boys in Orange-and-Black.
Pittsburgh gets the equalizer on the power-play Bill Gurein off of a rebound in front. Flyers looked way too loose in their defensive end.

End of the first period – 1-1 score.

The Flyers have looked good in the offensive zone and kept up the pressure, the D is a different story. They’re giving up way too much and playing too soft.

Neutral zone play as killed the Flyers too, if they’re not turning the puck over on the dump-and-chase, they’re making too many no look passes that aren’t connecting. The Flyers throw the puck to spots and don’t connect.

Dustin’s first period grade: B-

Malkin takes a bad penalty and the Flyers make it 2-1 just over three minutes into the second, Carcillo drove the net hard on the power-play and Giroux clean-up the trash in front.

Hartnell gets called for a ticky-tack hooking penalty, to say the least – Crosby buries a gratuitous bounce off the wall and then a player’s leg. 2-2 with just over 10 minutes to player – Pens are 2/4 on the power-play. Referees seem to be deciding this one. Brutal.

Flyers started to get their chances late in the period.

Dustin’ second period grade: B

Great pressure to start the third period. Marc-Andre Fluery has kept Pittsburgh in this game.

The chipiness has definitely picked up on both sides and is fun to watch. When the Flyers play with this attitude, they’re never fun to play against. Great to see out of the Flyers.

Momentum seems to be on the Flyers’ side, but I’ve seen this before against those Penguins.

Penguins are dominating right now, just over four minutes left to play – I spoke to soon, what Flyers’ momentum?

Whatever happens – the Flyers deserve a standing ovation after this effort tonight.

I’ve seen the Flyers blow too many leads and crap the bed in the third period, the Flyers didn’t do that this game.

End of regulation 2-2.

Dustin’s third period grade: A

Carcillo, Orpik to the box, 3-on-3. 3-on-3 is not something that you want against a team like Pittsburgh, too skillful, too much talent.

End of overtime.

They didn’t lose, yet. Here comes the shootout.

Dustin’s overtime grade: A

You know how that teacher sounds on Charlie Brown? Wommp-Womp-Wooommpp.

Yeah, that probably best describes that shootout, yikes, Letang made Boucher look like an acordian that was pathetic.

Flyers have always been terrible at the shootouts, I think they’re coming along, but they just don’t have enough creativity outside of Giroux to try and special shootout moves.

Is it a coincidence that a team is based of off dump-and-chase has no danglers in the shootout, either? I think not.

Dustin’s game grade: B-

They got a point and played relatively well, but did we think coming-into the season that we would be happy with a shootout loss against Pittsburgh? No.

The Flyers still need to do something to get some fire into this team, I’m sick of losing to the Penguino’s.

NOTES: Jon Kalinski was sent down to Adirondack and Simon Gagne will play Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers. I loved the way Kalinski was playing and he deserves a shot to play on a regular basis, but like I wrote yesterday, once you sign so many big contracts, you’re left with little wiggle room. There are lots of guys in Adirondack who could make an impact on the Flyers’ club right now, and unfortunately, most of which will probably play better than guys who were awarded big contracts.

Gagne was playing wing on the Carcillo and Richards line. I would like to see a top-six of Hartnell-Richards-Carter; Gagne-Giroux-Briere. And as many of you know, newly signed Michael Leighton will continue to serve as Brian Boucher’s back-up.

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