One step closer…that’s what the Penguins are to clinching home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs…and what the Civic Arena is to being gone forever. I know that a few weeks back I posted a couple different views of the Igloo, but this one is a little different, in that it is a panorama made up of two images, taken from the Brew House at CONSOL Energy Center last night. But here’s the other thing. In just a few short months (or maybe weeks), this view will have changed forever, more so than it already has. The iconic dome has already been brought down panel by panel, with only a few pieces of the roof left. Soon, when you look out the upper levels of the CONSOL Energy Center, you will just see an empty space, with only a memory of once stood there.
And that is one of the reasons that I don’t mind sharing similar pictures like this one. Another is that not everyone has the chance to see the Igloo from this vantage point, so I want to make sure to do my part and share it before it’s gone. Lastly, since I last posted an image from this view, another roof panel has been brought down and they’ve taken down part of the wall around the base of the old Arena, so you really get a sense of how quickly the demolition of the Civic Arena is happening.
But that’s enough sad news about the Civic Arena. Let’s talk about the game last night. The Pittsburgh Penguins were victorious 2-1 over the Phoenix Coyotes to further solidify the fourth place spot in the Eastern Conference and move one step closer to home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Over the last couple of games it has been all about Evgeni Malkin, or Geno as he is called in the ‘Burgh, as he has been on a tear in taking the lead in the scoring race in the National Hockey League. But last night was all about the Flower, goaltender Marc Andre Fleury (pictured above during the national anthem). He was brilliant in make over 35 saves, with a few of them coming at critical times on the penalty kill, on breakaways and any other time that his teammates needed one. Last night’s victory certainly belonged to him and if he continues this torrid streak he is on, the Pens will be very tought o beat.
Below are a collection of other shots from the game last night.
Brooks Orpik fumes in the penalty box after being called for a charging penalty late in the game.
Craig Adams mans the point on the penalty kill.
Evgeni Malkin can see the puck at his feet but can’t quite put it in the net.
Phoenix Coyote goalie Mike Smith though that this was “America’s Got Talent”, showcasing his dance moves in trying to make a save…
…and then levitating over the puck.
James Neal takes the puck by the boards with time winding down on the clock.
Marc Andre Fleury salutes the crowd as he is honored with the very well deserved 1st Star of the game.
That’s all for today folks, thanks a lot for stopping by! See you all tomorrow!