It was early in the second period of Game 6 and the Flyers were in command, taking a 3-0 lead on their hated rivals from the west. City of Brotherly Love? Not in this case pal.
Then, the Penguins woke up. Maxime Talbot took on Dan Carcillo in a nice little brawl leading to a Ruslan Fedotenko goal off a Evgeni Malkin rebound that set off another fight.
The Penguins were officially awake.
Pittsburgh scores four more unanswered goals and leave Philly stunned, winning the decisive sixth game 5-3 as Sir Sidney got an empty net to finish the deal.
So what next for Philly? They have two UFA goalies in Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki, the two of them making about $5 million combined this season.
You think the Flyers are in the market for a starting goaltender? I think they just might be. So where does Philly go? Well, Florida has a starter in Tomas Vokoun who is probably in play. You have to think the Panthers will talk to Philly about a deal. JM the GM certainly knows what Philly would have to offer considering he spent so much time at the trade deadline scouting them out in the Jay Bouwmeester Deal That Never Happened.
Does Philly want Vokoun? I don't know. I do think the Panthers would talk to anyone interested though.
Florida, in their perfect world, could swing a deal for Vokoun (which will be tough considering he makes $5.7 next year, then when the cap goes down in 2010-11, his contract goes up to $6.3) before July 1 enabaling them to make a deal with Craig Anderson before he goes all UFA.
Of course, the Panthers may just want to keep what they've got. TVo wasn't perfect last season, but he's still a top goalie who can carry the load. Last year's struggles may be the impetus to him spending one heck of an offseason in an effort to come back better than ever.
One thing that may keep Anderson from making all the money he thinks he's entitled to this offseason since there will be competition. Andy proved he deserves a shot at being a No. 1 goalie somewhere (and again, that could be here), but so did Scott Clemmensen in New Jersey. Someone just might give him a shot over Anderson based on what he did when Martin Brodeur was out.
We shall see how this plays out, obviously. But don't be surprised to see the Flyers out on the goalie market. And don't be surprised if one of Florida's goalies from last season ends up in the Keystone State.
-- Been a while since I've been to a Heat game, but they have advertising hanging from the rafters. Don't let Michael Yormark see that or that Celine Dion banner might be toast! Just kidding Michael. Kind of.