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FLY-BY: What a comeback!

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

  Laviolette    Voracek    Briere    Bryzgalov
Credit Danny Briere and Brayden Schenn as main factors in the Flyers comeback victory… The Flyers comeback began with Briere breaking into the zone and going top shelf on a breakaway on Marc-Andre Fleury 6:22 into the second period to get the Flyers on the board… Briere then tallied his second of the night midway through the third, while Schenn set up both of his goals and recorded the game-tying goal. Voracek sealed the Pens fate just two minutes into overtime to give the Flyers a 1 game to 0 series lead… The Flyers out-shot the Pens 13 to 5 through the third frame and overtime.

The recent trend of the Flyers getting down early continued… This time it was at the un-friendly confines of the CONSOL Energy Center. The Flyers allowed a goal 3:43 into the first period to Sidney Crosby… From there, Tyler Kennedy made it 2-0 off a nice feed from Jordan Staal on a 2-on-1 just four minutes later to put the Flyers behind the eight-ball less than 10 minutes into the game… Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette was forced to use his timeout… The Pens outshot the Flyers 12-4 in the game's first 12 minutes.

The Penguins committed just one penalty on the night, but it was a costly one… With Brooks Orpik in the box for interference, Brayden Schenn re-directed a pass from Scott Hartnell in the slot past Fleury to tie the game up and put full momentum in the Flyers favor… The Pens on the other hand, failed to convert on six minutes of power-play time.

Danny Briere was inserted into the Flyers lineup after missing the last three games and 10 days of game-action. That didn't matter as the player who averaged nearly a point-per-game in the playoffs, now averages exactly a point per-game by recording two big goals in tonight's game… With the Flyers alone, Briere has 31 goals and 61 points in 58 playoff games to move into eighth place all-time in Flyers post-season history.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette had no doubt that his team could tackle yet another comeback…

"[I was] more about addressing a realization for [the players] that they know how to play and we weren't doing that. I've said it before - we have a certainly identity that we find success with, we know we can score goals and win hockey games playing a certain style and brand. The first period we didn't."
The Flyers are now 35-37 all time in overtime playoff games.  It was their fifth playoff OT game overall vs. Pittsburgh and their fourth IN Pittsburgh.  The Flyers are now 3-2 in OT games vs. PIT and 3-1 in OT games IN Pittsburgh.  The Flyers’ last playoff OT win vs. Pittsburgh was the five-overtime 2-1 win on May 4, 2000.
This is just the second time in six series that the Flyers have beaten Pittsburgh in Game 1 of a playoff series.  They were 1-4 heading into the series tonight.
The Flyers are now 31-36 all time in Game 1 of a series.  They are 22-8 all-time in playoff series when winning Game 1.  They have a record of 18-12 all-time in Game 2 following a Game 1 win.
The Flyers continued a trend this season where they had staged 10 comebacks during the regular season from a deficit of two goals or more to earn at least a point in the game.  The Flyers were 7-22-3 when trailing by two or more goals in the regular season.
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks the sixth time in franchise history that the Flyers have come back from a three-goal deficit to win a playoff game.  The last time was...
Flyers 4 BOS 3, 5/14/2010 – Game 7 ECSF

The Flyers were 20-22-4 during the regular season when the opponent scored first.  The 20 wins were the most of any team in the league in that situation.
Danny Briere posted his sixth career two-goal playoff game and his fourth as a Flyer.  He now has 31 goals and 30 assists for 61 points in 58 playoff games for the Flyers, and moves past Rick Tocchet into 8th place in on the Flyers all-time playoff scoring list.  Only Briere, Eric Lindros (10th, 24-33-57 in 50 games), Ken Linseman (11th, 11-42-53 in 41 games) and Peter Forsberg (4G, 4A in 6 games in 2005-06) have scored more than a point-per-game on average in the playoffs in Flyers history.
Jakub Voracek
Danny Briere had a pair of goals, Brayden Schenn had a goal and two assists, but tonight's star goes to the OT hero.

First he fought off Penguins Jordan Staal and threw the puck across the crease  where Matt Carle picked it up and flung it towards the net.

The puck eluded Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury to find Voracek waiting at the post to slam-dunk in the game-winner.

"You never know. Every shot can go in. Obviously we had the momentum and it's a big part of why we won."
- Jakub Voracek

"Sitting here after the first period all we were saying was that we've done it all year. Let's start with a goal and you never know what can happen."
- Danny Briere

"When you're down, there's nothing left, just try and come back in the game. Don't give up and we'll see how it goes."
- Ilya Bryzgalov
Tonight's turning point came on a combination of Danny Briere's second goal and Ilya Bryzgalov shutting the door to keep the Flyers comeback alive.

Briere picked up the puck along the left boards and threw a shot towards Marc-Andre Fleury that went through Sidney Crosby's legs and Fleury's to make it a one-goal game.

Earlier in the period, the Pens had several chances to bury the Flyers, which included a great chance by Steve Sullivan off a turn-over in the slot gave him point-blank chance early in the third period.

From Briere's goal through the end of regulation and throughout overtime the Flyers settled in and took over the game, scoring the tying goal on the power-play and the game-winner just two minutes into overtime.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Net Cam view of Jakub Voracek's game-winning goal in OT.   

Flyers 4, Penguins 3 in OT
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jakub Voracek beat Marc-Andre Fleury from in close 2:23 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Fleury stopped Matt Read's shot from the corner, but Voracek pounced on the rebound to cap a furious rally from a 3-0 deficit. Daniel Briere scored twice, and Brayden Schenn added a goal in his playoff debut. Ilya Brzygalov settled down after a shaky start to finish with 25 saves.


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