Reporting Bob Allen
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Despite the cool temperatures and dreary skies, fans gathered at the big screen outside CONSOL Energy Center to cheer on the Penguins in Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Many were hoping the momentum from Game 5 would carry over, but the Flyers quieted the ruckus crowd quickly as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead early.
When the Flyers made it 3-0 in the second period, some fans could no longer watch or endure the 40 degree temperatures.
“Cold and rain not good; pneumonia not good for anybody,” said one person.
A few very brave fans even took their shirts off, hoping it would spur a rally. It seemed to work as Evgeni Malkin scored the Penguins’ only goal of the game.
“We’re going to come back and beat them,” said one of the fans.
But the disappointment returned, just 36 seconds later when the Flyers answered with a fourth goal. Like true fans, many hung on until the end hoping for a late miracle. But it never came.
“Something happened when they came into the playoffs,” said one fan. “They didn’t have the same momentum during the regular season.”
“They gave it their best, that’s all you can ask,” said another fan. “They had a lot of injuries, but they came back, and I’m very proud of them.”
This is the second straight year the Penguins have been bounced in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last year it was at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.