If you have any interest at all in hockey, you likely saw or heard about the Flyers Penguins game this past Sunday. The Philadelphia Flyers hosted Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to their in-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins. The term "rival" doesn't do enough justice. These teams absolutely hate each other. From the players all the way up to the coaching and management, nothing nice goes on between these two teams.
Later in the first period, Brayden Schenn leveled a Penguin with a somewhat questionable hit (possibly charging). The crowd went nuts. Then they got angry as former Flyer Aaron Asham steps up to Schenn with a blatant crosscheck to the throat and then proceeded to punch Schenn in the head as he was down. This lack of respect for the game and your opponents is what made a lot of people, including myself, very mad. Asham clearly went after Schenn to cheap shot him so he could take him out of the game (which didn't work).
Aaron Asham should be ashamed of himself. He should be suspended well into next season for this (maybe 10 games?). Asham was given a match penalty and has an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety today (good).
Sidney Crosby is a player that people either love or hate. Anywhere in the northeast besides Pittsburgh will consist of mostly Crosby-haters. And he sure gave reason to hate him Sunday. Not only did he start most of the fighting in this game, but he cowered when he was confronted. And he was acting very juvenile, he knocked away Jake Voracek's glove as he went to pick it up off the ice.
Hopefully the national media will start to realize how much of a joke Crosby is. He makes him teammates stick up for him and skates to the refs when something goes wrong. Crosby's post game interviews weren't much better. When asked about the Flyers players, Sid the Kid (certainly fitting) responded with "I don't like there guys" "Why?" "Because I don't like them." Great insight from the teams captain.
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Until next time,
P.S. The Flyers ended up winning 8-4 and lead the series 3 games to none. The Flyers can sweep at home on Wednesday, I can't wait!