Game 2: What You Need To Know
The Flyers and Penguins have played Game 1 and it was a good one, at least for the Flyers. They erased a 3-0 Penguins lead and won in overtime, 4-3. Briere scored the first two goals in the comeback while Schenn had three points (TCL Flyers). Voracek was the hero in OT as he lit the lamp (TCL Flyers). While coming back is fun for Flyers fans, the Flyers themselves definitely want better starts (USA Today).
There were some interesting facts/stats that came out of that game.
Team notes from the Flyers PR Staff:
Wednesday’s game was the first-ever overtime game at CONSOL Energy Center.
This was Pittsburgh’s first Game 1 loss when holding home-ice advantage since a 5-4 setback to the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 14, 2010. The Penguins had won each of their last two Game 1s.
Prior to game one, the Penguins hadn’t advanced to overtime in a Game 1 since losing to the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in the opening round of the 1998 playoffs.
The winner of Game 1 in the last four series involving the Penguins has gone on to lose the series.
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.
There were also some player notes from the game:
Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek scored his first-ever postseason overtime goal 2:23 into the first overtime period.
Sidney Crosby opened the first round of the playoffs by scoring the first goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby also picked up a point with an assist of Dupuis’ goal. Crosby has seven goals in 12 playoff games against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Pascal Dupuis scored the third goal for the Penguins. It was Dupuis’ 6th career playoff goal for the Penguins. Dupuis picked up an assist on Crosby’s goal. Dupuis has 18 points (6G-12A) in the 57 playoff games played with Pittsburgh.
This is the seventh career two-point playoff game for Dupuis. His most recent one was Game 6 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Ottawa on April 24, 2010 (1G-1A). Dupuis’ goal that night was the series-clincher.
Steve Sullivan’s assist on Dupuis’ goal was his first playoff point with Pittsburgh.
There were 18,565 people in attendance for the game.
Now, Game 1 is behind us and it’s all about Game 2. For the Flyers, tiring out Kris Letang may be the key (CSNPhilly). They’ll hope to do that and ride the wave off their dramatic victory in Pittsburgh last game (CSNPhilly). Bryzgalov will have to be solid again, and keep focus on making his postseason mark with the Flyers like he did last game (SBNation Philly).
Here’s some fun facts regarding two players who impressed the first playoff game this season:
From the Flyers PR Staff:
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.
Brayden Schenn posted a goal and two assists for a three-point game. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Flyers rookie to have a three-point playoff game since Ville Leino had three assists on June 6 vs. Chicago (Game 5, 2010 SCF) and just the eighth Flyer ever to post a three-point playoff game as a rookie. Others: Andy Delmore, Peter Zezel (4 pt game), Brian Propp, Mel Bridgeman, Andre Lacroix, Rosaire Paiement.
Sidney Crosby’s two points (1G-1A) Wednesday means that either he or Evgeni Malkin has collected at least one point in 10 of 12 career playoff meetings against Philadelphia. At least one of the two has recorded multiple points in nine of those contests.
Crosby now has 10 points (4G-6A) in seven career home playoff games against Philadelphia – a 1.43 average.
Crosby’s next goal will tie him with Ron Francis for fourth place on the franchise’s all-time postseason goal list with 32.