A Penguins blog called Superstar Treatment, has creatively released a Maxime Talbot “Shhh” tee-shirt, immortalizing one of the more confusing and debated events in recent Flyers – Penguins history.
The description on the site reads , “Relive what was probably one of the best moments, and certainly one of the most unique, in Pens playoff history and show your support!”
But the only thing unique about what took place that day, is how both sides view it.
Down 3-0 in game six of the opening round series against the Flyers, softish Penguins’ forward Maxime Talbot, picked a fight with the Flyers’ Daniel Carcillo, in an attempt to try and stir up his team’s emotions. Carcillo, rightfully so, knocked Talbot around, decisively winning the bout and sending the home orange crowd into a blood-thirsty frenzy.
On the way to the penalty box, Talbot put his finger to his lips and inexplicably shushed a crowd roaring over the beating he just took.
The moment, marred by the feminine screeching of Eddie Olczyk, would become legendary to Penguins’ fans, who witnessed their team come back to win the contest 5-3, and for the second year in a row, end the Flyers’ season.
Pens’ supporters believe it was the “shushing point,” that so vigorously brought their team back to life, while Flyers’ fans believe that beating up an opposing player in front of a ferocious home crowd, has little to do with momentum.
It’s felt that the game-six meltdown was mostly due to defensive miss-cues and goalie Marty Biron’s poor rebound control.
Remember, less than a minute after the fight, it was Biron’s cartoon-esque leap on a loose rebound, not an overdose of Yinzer momentum, that led to the Penguins’ first goal and ultimately changed the game. Follow that up with two poorly played rebounds, that were conveniently smacked out of the air for goals, to tie the game.
So in reality, the only thing Talbot really shushed, was Biron’s future in Philadelphia.