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Flyers Vs. Penguins ECQF Game 3: Philadelphia Leads Fight Filled First, 4-2

Following the first period, the Philadelphia Flyers are leading the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2. It is the first time this series that the team has brought a lead into any intermission.

While the end of period result may be different, the opening was the same.

For the third straight game, the Pittsburgh Penguins opened the scoring early in the first period when Jordan Staal slipped a shot through Ilya Bryzgalov’s arm. The goal was without a question a shot that Bryzgalov should have saved.

However, unlike previous games, the Flyers fought back before falling any further behind.

Max Talbot tied the game at one during a Pittsburgh power play. It’s his second shorthanded goal of the series.

Under two minutes later, Daniel Briere gained the lead with his third goal of the series. Three minutes later he scored his second goal of the game; the second time this series he has scored two goals in a game. He now has 100 career playoff points in 100 playoff games.

While the offense was on full displays, the real fireworks erupted following a scuffle in the Philadelphia zone 12 minutes into the period. After Sidney Crosby slashed at Bryzgalov’s glove, the two teams broke out into a mini brawl that saw Crosby and Claude Giroux go at it, in addition to Jakub Voracek and Steve Sullivan.

After everything cleared out, another brawl broke out after Crosby knocked Voracek’s glove out of his grasp while it was lying on the ice.

Kimmo Timonen skated in and fought Crosby momentarily before Kris Letang stepped in. Letang and Timonen were both given five-minute fighting majors and game misconducts. Neither will return to the game.

Following the fight, Letang brought his finger to his lips just as Max Talbot famously did, the last time these two teams met in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.

Moments later, Aaron Asham cross-checked Brayden Schenn high, then followed it up with a punch to the back of his head while he was on the ice. Asham was given a match penalty and will not return to the game.

Following the play, James Neal brought the Penguins within one after splitting the defense and beating Bryzgalov through his five-hole.

But the Flyers once again matched the tally, when Matt Read scored on a wrap-around chance to regain the Flyers lead. Briere registered an assist on the play and now has 101 career playoff points.

Check back during the second period intermission for more updates.

 

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