Flyers Vs. Penguins: Penguins score three again, lead Game 2 of the ECQF, 3-1 After One
Following the first 20 minutes of play, the Pittsburgh Penguins posses a 3-1 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. This is now the second time in as many games that the Penguins have scored three goals in the first period in this series.
Just like Game 1, it was Sidney Crosby who opened the scoring, however, this time he managed to strike in the first 15 seconds of play.
Unlike the first game, the Penguins also managed to score on the power play. After Nicklas Grossmann was questionably called for hooking, Chris Kunitz managed to put Pittsburgh up by two.
However, the Flyers penalty kill had some bright spots of their own.
A little over a minute after the goal, Grossmann was once again questionably called for a penalty. On the ensuing power play, Kris Letang had a wide open net but was stoned by a beautiful glove save by Ilya Bryzgalov. After the refs blew the play dead, Matt Read skated into Letang, Letang acted like he was hit by a truck and both players went off the ice; Read for roughing, Letang for diving.
With their best defenseman off the ice, the Penguins put out Crosby and Steve Sullivan as their defenseman. The decision ultimately came back to bite them.
Claude Giroux broke in on the Penguins net, forced a rebound and Max Talbot was there to slam it home to pull the Flyers within one.
Unfortunately, just like Game 1 the Flyers allowed the Penguins to score a goal in the waning seconds of the period, when Paul Martin regained the Penguins two-goal lead with 17 seconds left in the first.
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