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Aftermath: Flyers 3, Penguins 0

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
  
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QUICK ANALYSIS
 
The Penguins were strong in the first period, creating a number of scoring chances and came close on several occasions to scoring the game’s first goal. However, Flyers goaltender Martin Biron stopped everything the Penguins put on net to keep the game close and Philadelphia was able to escape elimination.

The Flyers came through with some clutch goals in a very tight game and live to fight another day. The series will shift back to Philadelphia for a Saturday afternoon showdown. The Penguins do not want to come back to Pittsburgh for a Game 7 and Philadelphia doesn’t want its season to end. You can expect both teams will be playing at full force.
 
WHAT HAPPENED
 
(AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers were determined not to be embarrassed, upstaged and outworked in a Game 5 in Pittsburgh, not this season. Their desperation paid off with a comeback victory in a series that looked to be lost.

Arron Asham and Claude Giroux, role players on a team filled with goal scorers, got the first two goals and the Flyers avoided elimination by beating the Penguins 3-0 Thursday night to force Game 6 in the Eastern Conference first-round series.
 
SHOT OF THE NIGHT

The Penguins fans delivered thier first "whiteout" of the postseason (photo by Getty)
ESSENTIALS
 
What Worked Well: Power Play
The Penguins didn’t score a power-play goal, however their work with the man-advantage looked much improved. They had better puck movement, possession time and execution. They created a lot of great scoring chances and will hopefully build on that momentum.

What Could Have Gone Better: Solving Biron
The Penguins’ hard work resulted in 28 shots and a number of scoring chances. However, Philadelphia’s Martin Biron was fantastic in the game, particularly early in the game. He stopped everything thrown his way.
 
DIFFERENCE MAKER
 
Marc-Andre Fleury stole Game 4 for the Penguins. This time it was Martin Biron’s turn to give a spectacular performance. He turned aside 28 shots for the shutout.
 
SCORING SYNOPSIS
 
The Flyers netted the game’s all-important first goal. Arron Asham skated into the Penguins zone and ripped a slap shot into the top right corner of the net. The puck appeared to be re-directed off of a stick before eluding Marc-Andre Fleury. Philadelphia 1, Pittsburgh 0.

The Flyers struck again early in the third period to add to their lead. A Philadelphia power play just expired but the Flyers kept the puck in the Penguins zone. Matt Carle made a great play along the far midwall to stop a Pittsburgh clearing attempt. He threw the puck ahead to Darroll Powe, who immediately re-directed the puck across the slot to Claude Giroux. Giroux buried the one-timer for the score. Philadelphia 2, Pittsburgh 0.

Philadelphia added to its lead with another goal in the third period. Scott Hartnell pushed the puck ahead to a streaking Mike Richards. Richards blasted a slap shot on net from the near circle. Fleury kicked out the rebound and Mike Knuble was there to bury the goal. Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 0.
 
INTRIGUING NOTABLES
 
The Penguins made a few lineup changes prior to Game 5. They sat forward Petr Sykora and defenseman Kris Letang. Pittsburgh inserted Miroslav Satan and Philippe Boucher in their place.

Interim head coach Dan Bylsma used various line combinations during the game. Some of those combinations looked like this: Fedotenko-Malkin-Satan; Fedotenko-Malkin-Dupuis; Fedotenko-Crosby-Malkin; Guerin-Crosby-Malkin; Kennedy-Talbot-Dupuis; Satan-Crosby-Malkin; to name a few.
 
GAME NOTES
 
> Pittsburgh leads the opening round series over Philadelphia, 3-2, and is 2-1 at Mellon Arena in the postseason.

> Interim head coach Dan Bylsma postseason record is 3-2.

> Scoring Summary:
PHI, A.Asham (1), 6:32 2nd period: Flyers 1, Penguins 0
PHI, C.Giroux (2), 3:25 3rd period: Flyers 2, Penguins 0
PHI, M.Knuble (1), 13:12 3rd period: Flyers 3, Penguins 0

> Evgeni Malkin, the NHL’s scoring champion, did not register a point but still has seven playoff points (4G-3A).

> Sidney Crosby was scoreless but has six postseason points (2G-4A).

> Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves in the contest. He is 7-3 lifetime against Philadelphia in postseason play.

> Mellon Arena sold out for the 110th straight game with a standing room only attendance of 17,132. The Penguins have sold out every game in the past two seasons. Pittsburgh is 71-30-9 in during that span.

> FSN released the following statement regarding the blackout:

“Tonight’s Penguins playoff game on FSN Pittsburgh went off the air at 8:06pm due to a lightning strike at the network’s technical operations facility in Atlanta, GA. The strike disabled the facility’s uplink capability and service was interrupted for approximately 30 minutes until a backup facility could resume transmission of the network’s feed. We understand and apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused the Penguins organizations, their fans and all of our viewers. We at FSN Pittsburgh do not take these matters lightly and will continue to make it a priority to provide a quality viewing experience for our teams and their fans.”
 
THREE STARS QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
   
1. M.Biron, PHI
2. C.Giroux, PHI
3. M.Knuble, PHI
“The first half we were right there. For some reason we weren’t
able to generate a lot after that. They shut things down
pretty well.”
- Sidney Crosby
 

 


Author: Sam Kasan

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