Yes, I know that the Pittsburgh Penguins have the best two hockey players in the world in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. I realize that Malkin had 50 goals and 59 assists during the season. And we all know that the officials let both of them both slash without getting called for a penalty. And we all know that if you bump into either of them, there is a quick whistle.
But I’m thinking that the Pens coach Dan Blysma made a big mistake when he initiated a brawl with just a few minutes left in the Flyers win in Pittsburgh on the next to last weekend of the season. Players remember those kind of gutless moves and use them for motivation. The Penguins carry the burden of being the heavy favorite but have the home ice and officials on their side. I ‘m thinking that the Flyers will want this series more and will therefore win it.
Both teams were hot in March. The Flyers went 11-3-2, while the Pens went 11-3-1. The Flyers won four of the five games against the Pens during the season that were taken seriously.
Ilya Bryzgalov will be the MVP of the series. Claude Giroux will be the leading scorer of the series, outscoring both of the world’s best hockey players. Someone will lay a hit on Joe Vitale that will cause him to miss half of Game 1 and all of Game 2. The Flyers will split the first two games in Pittsburgh, win the two at home, then wrap it up back at home in Game 6.
Now let’s drop the puck and get on with it. Let’s Go Flyers!