The Philadelphia Flyers found a approach to miscarry in a large approach Friday night after being thrashed by a Pittsburgh Penguins 7-0 in Game 1. Yes, we review that right, a Flyers are streamer behind to Philadelphia with a array curled adult during 1-1 after losing 7-0 in Game 1.
Ghost gets a Flyers Going
Shayne Gostisbehere scored a Flyers’ initial idea of a array with a blast from a indicate on a energy play in a final notation of a initial period. Gostisbehere’s shot willed itself by Matt Murray’s pads and put an finish to a goalie’s shutout streak.
The Flyers struck again in a opening notation of a second duration when a Sean Couturier shot rebounded off of Murray and deflected off of Kris Letang and went in. It was a transparent pointer that a hockey gods were on Philly’s side.
Was that unequivocally Brian Elliott?
Further justification of boundless involvement came in a rebirth of maestro goaltender Brian Elliott. The Penguins chased Elliott median by a second duration in Game 1, scoring 5 goals on 19 shots. But on Friday night Elliott stopped 34 of a 35 shots he faced, including a breakaway stop on Sidney Crosby.
Just in box we forgot — Elliott posted a .909 save commission in a unchanging season. There was also a lot of speak about Petr Mrazek removing a start for Philly in Game 2.
We are still watchful on a DNA formula to see if this is indeed a same Brian Elliott that we saw on Wednesday night.
Philly Pulls Away in a Third
Elliott’s opening was all a Flyers indispensable after scoring dual goals distant by a initial break and 1:24 of hockey, though Philly’s offense wasn’t done.
Travis Konecny scored 1:29 into a third duration with an unimaginable particular bid to get around Brian Dumoulin in a feet competition that began on a Flyers’ blue line. He positively done a many of his 9:16 of ice time on Friday night.
Travis Konecny with a prominence tilt goal.
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— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) April 14, 2018
Less than 4 mins after Konecny’s classical a Flyers struck on a energy play for a second time in a game. Couturier slipped a unwashed blind pass between his legs to set adult Nolan Patrick for his initial career playoff goal. Patric Hornqvist got a Penguins on a house only 10 seconds later, though it was too small too late. Andrew MacDonald sealed a doorway on Game 2 with an dull netter scored from his possess section to make a final measure 5-1.
What a fantastic, unwashed pass.
Pittsburgh’s Bad Luck
Despite what a final measure competence suggest, a Penguins dominated a Flyers in puck possession all diversion long. After 60 mins of hockey a home group out-shot Philadelphia 35 to 19, including a 24 to 12 shot advantage in a final dual periods. Pittsburgh’s CF commission during 5-on-5 hockey final night was 66.07 percent, and their high-danger CF commission was 77.78 percent.
So, because did a Penguins remove Game 2? Two categorical reasons: Brian Elliott and a Flyers’ energy play. Oh, and missed chances. There were a lot of missed chances.
Crosby and a Penguins went 0-for-4 on a energy play and missed several golden scoring opportunities in a final dual durations of a game. In further to being befuddled on a breakaway by Elliott, Crosby also missed a far-reaching open net on a energy play in a final notation of a second duration — spurring him to pound his hang over a net and demeanour adult to a heavens afterwards. Yep, it was that kinda night.
A large Game 2 feat was accurately what Claude Giroux and a Flyers indispensable after removing distant by a Penguins in Game 1. It positively wasn’t a prettiest win, though all that matters to a Flyers is that a array is now tied streamer into Game 3 in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. All that matters now is that group wins 3 some-more games first.
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