Flyers Vs. Penguins ECOF Game 4: Penguins lead after crazy first period, 4-3
Full of goals, penalties and poor goaltending, the Pittsburgh Penguins lead Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 4-3 over the Philadelphia Flyers after only 20 minutes of play.
After Claude Giroux scored on an early power play, the Flyers opened the scoring for the first time in the 2012 playoffs. The goal snuck through Marc-Andre Fleury’s legs off of a weak shot from Giroux. However, the non-save was even weaker and acted as a continuation of Fleury’s struggles.
Shortly after it appeared as though the Flyers had a chance to pull away when Evgeni Malkin took a silly penalty. Ultimately, the penalty worked in the Penguins’ favor as they killed off an unorganized power play attempt and then Malkin left the box and tied the game at one.
Five minutes later, Matt Niskanen earned Pittsburgh the lead by scoring on the Penguins first power play of the game.
From there, penalty-palooza over took Wells Fargo Center.
At 12:19, Zac Rinaldo was called for interference on the goaltender (for some reason) and the Penguins went on the power play. By the time the 14th minute had passed in the first, the Penguins were called for three consecutive penalties and the Flyers found themselves on an extended set of power plays.
From that, the Flyers regained the lead with goals from Kimmo Timonen (another soft goal from Fleury) and Jakub Voracek.
However, 27 seconds later Niskanen struck again when he blasted a shot into the net to tie the game at three.
A little over a minute after the tying goal, Jordan Staal regained the Pittsburgh lead when a mad shuffle broke outt in front of the Philadelphia goal and Pavel Kubina pinned Bryzgalov against the far side post leaving the net wide open.
Just like this game.
At the 20-minute mark, Matt Carle was called for interference on Malkin, which means Pittsburgh will open the second period with another power play.
Check back after the second period for more updates.
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