Flyers Vs. Penguins ECQF Game 3: Philadelphia leads after two, 6-4
The Philadelphia Flyers are now 20 minutes away from taking a commanding 3-0 lead in this series.
After a crazy second period that saw each team score two goals a piece, the Flyers will carry a 6-4 lead into the third.
Just like the first, the Penguins opened the scoring in the period.
Around the mid-way mark of the second, Nicklas Grossmann was called for kneeing when he connected on a knee-to-knee hit with former teammate, James Neal.
Despite failing to score on their two previous power plays, the Penguins managed to take advantage of their third when Neal pulled the Penguins within one after beating Ilya Bryzgalov through his five-hole. The goal was Neal’s second of the game.
Four minutes later, the Flyers regained their two-goal lead on a power play of their own. After Chris Kunitz was called for tripping, Matt Read scored his second goal of the game to put the score at 5-3.
Ultimately, the lead was short lived as Jordan Staal tapped home his second goal of the day. It appeared as though Bryzgalov made the initial save on a shot attempt from the side but failed to recognize where the puck was. As he stood up from the butterfly, the puck dribbled to the opposite side of the goal and Staal tapped it in.
There are now four players in this game with two goals.
With less than three minutes remaining in the period, Kunitz went back to the box when he was called for tripping.
After a terribly disorganized opening to the power play, Wayne Simmonds ended it with a beauty when he regained the Flyers two-goal lead on a breakaway in the final minute.
Despite Pittsburgh's ability to fight back, Philadelphia has consistently responded. The Flyers are now 20 minutes away from taking a strangle hold on the series.
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