Snider: Flyers in Pens' heads at CONSOL


PITTSBURGH -- Flyers chairman Ed Snider and his entourage were hurrying through the bowels of CONSOL Energy Center.

Anybody know where were going? Snider said, as the group made a right-hand turn down the corridor that leads three-quarters of the way around the arena to the back door of the Flyers dressing room.

The Flyers had just beaten the Penguins in a taut overtime, 4-3.

Once again, they had to play from behind, spotting Sidney Crosby & Co. three goals in the opening period.

Amazing, Snider said as he hurried along. This team never quits.

How did Voracek get that puck? he asked.

It bounced off Penguins defenseman Kris Letang while Jordan Staal stood there looking at goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Staal never saw Voracek behind him.

It was Letang? Snider asked.


The Flyers are now 6-1 lifetime against the Penguins in their new digs. There is no other modern arena in the NHL right now where Sniders Flyers have enjoyed that kind of success -- a .857 winning percentage -- in its first two years of operation.

You wonder if Peter Laviolettes club has gotten into the Penguins' heads about playing them on their own ice.

Oh yeah, exactly, its got to, Snider said. Holy cow!

The talk turned to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. There was nothing Bryz could do about those early goals. He did, however, shut the Penguins down in the second and third periods with 15 saves.

The second and third periods he did a great job, Snider said. He didnt have as much work in the third, but he made a couple of key saves.

He gave us time to settle. They were all over in the first period. You cant blame him for that. They totally dominated us, they got to pucks faster than us. We were buried in our zone.

Snider again asked if his team was taking him the right direction as they passed the employee lockers.

Locker room just ahead, one of the detail shouted back.

And it was, too.

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