Honking in South Philadelphia is nothing new. Honking to the beat of “Let’s Go Flyers,” now that is something creative. It made my short commute from the Wachovia Center parking lot to the Walt Whitman bridge quite entertaining.
Yes, even as their team remains on the brink of elimination the fans are remaining loyal and faithful.
On the ice, the home time showed right from the start that they weren’t going to let this one slip away as they tallied three goals in the first period, two of which came off the power play. Joffrey Lupul opened the scoring at 8:27, which gave Philadelphia their first lead in the Eastern Conference Finals since Game One. The team extended their margin with power play goals by Daniel Briere and Jeff Carter.
The Penguins would make things interesting and a little stressful after Jordan Staal scored two goals in the third. Lupul would seal victory for the Flyers with an empy-netter with 33 seconds remaining.
If they can take Sunday’s Game Five in Pittsburgh, this series could suddenly get very interesting. One key for Philadelphia, like on Thursday night, will be scoring first as Pittsburgh is a perfect 9-0 in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs when they get the game’s first goal.
The Flyers need to just focus on the current game at hand as opposed to needing to win three more. The odds are stacked against them, but just like they showed on Thursday night, this team still has some fight left in them.
Just like for Game One and Two, the Wachovia Center will be hosting a playoff viewing party for Sunday afternoon’s Game Five. Fans will be able to watch the game either in the AT&T Pavilion via 28 high definition plasma television screens or inside the Wachovia Center on the high tech center-hung scoreboard, featuring four 11’ x 21’ LED screens. Doors will open at 2 p.m. Admission and parking for event attendees is free.