PITTSBURGH -- The third time wasn't the charm for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After getting the benefit of a pair of replay reviews on disputed goals earlier in the series, the Penguins had a goal wiped off the board in the first period of Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Trailing 1-0 in the second period, the Penguins appeared to tie the game at 8:32 of the period. Evgeni Malkin fought off Flyers defenseman Matt Carle to get to the rebound of a Sergei Gonchar rocket from the point. The puck ended up in the back of the net -- but how it got there was up for debate.
Referees Eric Furlatt and Wes McCauley initially ruled it a goal -- but upon further review, the call was reversed, as it was ruled Malkin had intentionally kicked the puck into the goal.
It was the first time in three tries that a review hadn't gone the Penguins' way. In Game 1, Sidney Crosby kicked a puck onto his stick and then pushed it under Flyers goalie Martin Biron; in Game 4 a goal was allowed to stand after a puck hit Crosby's stick and chest before crossing the goal line as he crashed into the Flyers' goal.
This time the review went the other way.
"I could look up and see it on the Jumbotron and not get a great look," Penguins interim coach Dan Bylsma said. "I think they called that (Malkin) had a kicking motion and didn't get his stick on it."
It wasn't the last gasp for the Penguins -- they had more than half the game to go and only trailed by one goal -- but it was their best opportunity.
"Obviously you want the goal to count, but nobody was moping or feeling sorry for themselves," Crosby said. "It wasn't a good goal; you move on and try to find ways to get another one."
They couldn't find a way, as Biron turned aside all 28 shots he faced.
Now they go back to Philadelphia, where they got the friendly ruling in Game 4, and hope luck will be on their side if they need it.
"Sometimes they review it and it goes your way," Gonchar said, "sometimes not."
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