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Pens Fall to Flyers in Game 6

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Claude Giroux wrapped up a dominant series with his sixth goal, Ilya Bryzgalov had his first outstanding effort in net and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Sunday to win their Eastern Conference opening-round series in six games.

Giroux scored only 32 seconds into the game, and the Flyers rolled from there. In a series where no lead was safe, the Flyers scored the first three goals and made it stand behind stout defense and stellar play out of Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov allowed 20 goals in the first five games. He settled down in Game 6 and gave up only Evgeni Malkin's goal in the second period.

The Flyers had stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series before Pittsburgh won two straight. A day before Game 6, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell called out his defense and Bryzgalov and said it was their turn to win a game. They delivered.

Giroux started when he took a loose puck and fired from the circle for a 1-0 lead. It was Philadelphia's first even-strength goal since Giroux scored one 27 seconds into the third period of Game 3.

The team that scored first had lost the first five games of the series. But not this time.

The Flyers made it 2-0 later in the period when Fleury seemingly stopped the puck and had it covered it up, but Hartnell poked it free and jammed it into the net for a 2-0 lead and Philadelphia's 12th power-play goal of the series.

In the second period, Erik Gustafsson was all alone when he fired an uncontested shot from just above the circle for a 3-0 lead.

The 3-0 lead looked shaky for a moment when Malkin scored his third of the series to make it 3-1. But the Flyers silenced them 34 seconds later when Danny Briere's shot trickled between Fleury's sprawled legs for his fifth goal of the series and a 4-1 lead. Brayden Schenn added an empty-netter in the final seconds.
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