Flyers turn in dominant response with Game 2 win over Penguins

Tanya Simon
April 15, 2018

When the Flyers started Game 2 of a playoff series almost everyone but them was convinced they'll lose, Brian Elliott looked calm.

The Flyers bounced back in a big way in the 'Burgh Friday night with a 5-1 win over the Penguins to even the series at 1-1.

And all the while, Brian "Moose" Elliott remained calm. The puck stayed out of the net, however, and Elliott quickly steadied. As Sportsnet pointed out, it's Crosby's tradition to touch center ice during his pre-game skate, and Gudas made sure to plant himself - you guessed it - on center ice during No. 87's ritual. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very average as they come in ranked 15th in goals allowed, giving up 2.88 gpg, while also ranking 5th in shots allowed (29.9 spg) and 29th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 24.2% of their chances. On a night that saw Pittsburgh get plenty of power-play opportunities and thoroughly out-shoot their bitter rivals, it was Philly's top line that delivered with the help of Nolan Patrick off the bench. "It's a good team over there".

National Hockey League playoff action on Sunday afternoon and a couple of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Pittsburgh Penguins pay a visit to Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA to battle it out with the Philadelphia Flyers in game three of their best-of-seven series. The Penguins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings. "We made the playoffs for a reason and we can do some damage here". While Sidney Crosby, two days removed from a hat trick, came up short despite a breakaway shot and two opportunities right next to the net, five different Flyers lit the lamp, first forcing Matt Murray off the ice with 4:28 still left in the game and putting their stagnant Game 1 outing in the rear-view mirror. Pittsburgh went 0 for 4 on the power play. Philly's arena is a tough place to play, to begin with, but add in the fact that it's a playoff atmosphere and the hated Pittsburgh Penguins are coming to town should make it just that much more hard. While not always realized, it does put the onus on the Penguins now to capture a game in Philadelphia. "But he made them".

Less than four minutes after Konecny's classic the Flyers struck on the power play for the second time in the game. As the second-period horn sounded, the sound of a crack of his stick over the crossbar was louder.

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"We didn't play well two nights ago", Hakstol said. "Those are the kind of breaks you need to win games in playoffs".

"Any player who misses those type of chances (gets frustrated), especialy him". There were a lot of missed chances. Team captain Claude Giroux didn't mince words about what happened on Wednesday night. We've got a day here to think about it.

The Flyers' special teams took over as the power play connected twice and the penalty kill was a ideal 4 for 4. Brian Dumoulin changed the direction of Shayne Gostisbehere's point shot just enough to have it creep through Murray's pads with 37 seconds left before intermission. "So, for all you doubters out there, there you go". There he was, maintaining a sense of calm while the Penguins ran out of time.

"It's just one shot at a time", Elliott said.

Asked about the difference between being shredded for five goals in about half a game before getting pulled Wednesday, and being beaten only once on 35 Penguins shots in Game 2, Elliott said, "I'm not really focused on trying to evaluate anything". Alex Tuch took a careening puck that ricocheted off the back glass and put a shot over a hapless Quick to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead.

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