I suspect a hit or two will be thrown

I’m going to try and do these for as many playoff games as possible with updates as games go along. Feel free to drop in your comments as you watch either below or using the #BShelf hashtag on twitter or on our facebook page

It’s the “blood bath” we’ve all been looking forward to and it starts TONIGHT (who says hockey fans don’t like violence). We’ve got the obscenely talented and relatively healthy Penguins squad against the revamped, younger and nasty as always Philadelphia Flyers. The expectation is that it will be the best series of round one and if it can hit half of the hype it has garnered, we’re in for a treat.

Fast Facts

- Your starting goaltenders tonight are Ilya Bryzgalov and Marc-Andre Fleury. Not a single person reading this is shocked.

Bryzgalov’s line vs. Pittsburgh this season: 2-0-0; 2.59 GAA; .913 SV%
Fleury’s line vs. Philadelphia this season: 1-3-1; 3.41 GAA; .872 SV%

A couple people reading this are probably shocked given the press these guys got this season. Not to belabor the importance of goaltending in this sport, but yeah, these guys will need to be huge.

- Danny Briere and Niklas Grossman will be in the lineup for Philadelphia tonight while Pavel Kubina will not.

Expected Lineups per morning skates:


Scott Hartnell – Claude Giroux – Jaromir Jagr
Brayden Schenn – Daniel Briere – Wayne Simmonds
Zac Rinaldo – Sean Couturier – Maxime Talbot
Jakub Voracek – Eric Wellwood – Matt Read

Kimmo Timonen – Matt Carle
Braydon Coburn – Nicklas Grossman
Marc-Andre Bourdon – Andreas Lilja


Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal
Steve Sullivan-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke-Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

Kris Letang – Paul Martin
Zbynek Michalek – Brooks Orpik
Ben Lovejoy – Deryk Engelland


Two other useful things:

Flyers twitter for updates
Penguins twitter for updates


After one period…
-The Pens are up 3-0 and the Flyers look moderately shell shocked.
-Crosby scores the first goal of the playoffs which is sort of poetic in a way.

-Tyler Kennedy made it 2-0 after a beautiful feed from Jordan Staal.

-Dupuis wraps up the period with a tally and Bryzgalov looks bad on this one.

After two periods…
-It was more of the same in the second period minus the goals from Pittsburgh as they drove possession and got several more good chances
-Bryzgalov looked much more settled in net and seem to be in better position
-Daniel Briere’s goal counted, but it really shouldn’t have when you get this look at things.
Sometimes linesmen miss calls in the playoffs. #Briere #Pens ... on Twitpic
-Here’s how it ended for Danny…