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Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Flyers-Penguins Running Blog

The Pittsburgh Penguins have struck again.

With only 36 seconds remaining in the first period, Pascal Dupuis managed to put the Penguins up by three following a crazy bounce that trickled into the back of the Philadelphia goal.

The goal is the 11th playoff goal of Dupuis’ career.

The play developed off of a cancelled icing call that allowed the Penguins to construct an aggressive attack on the Philadelphia zone.

After battling for the puck in the corner, the puck was thrown to the front of the goal and ended up in the net after being batted out of mid-air by Dupuis.

It appeared as though Ilya Bryzgalov had no idea where the puck was.

The goal was the most appropriate way to end the period as the Penguins have largely dominated play. Despite a quick Philadelphia start, Pittsburgh has since turned the tables and turned them very hard.

It has seemed as though the Penguins have lived in the offensive zone.

The game has been physical, with both teams combining for 39 hits (PHI- 20, PITTS-19).

Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang both have two points thus far.

Crosby and Wayne Simmonds lead all forwards with 6:38 minutes played.  Matt Carle leads all Flyers defenseman with 7:57 played; Zbynek Michalek leads all players with 8:22 played.

The Penguins are outshooting the Flyers, 13-6.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have just taken a 2-0 lead in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Only five minutes after opening the scoring, the Penguins increased their lead with a goal from Tyler Kennedy.

The goal is his 8th career postseason tally.

The play developed off a 2-on-1 odd man rush lead by Jordan Staal. Despite an aggressive backcheck by Jaromir Jagr and Marc-Andre Bourdon, Staal managed to move the puck over to Kennedy who lifted it over a sprawling Bryzgalov.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette was forced to call a timeout immediately after the play.

Despite opening the game with a head full of steam, the Penguins have managed to suffocate the Flyers with consistent offensive attacks.

The Penguins are outshooting the Flyers, 9-3.

There is a little under 10 minutes remaining in the first period.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored the first goal of the 2012 NHL playoffs.

Coming just 3:43 into the first period, Sidney Crosby managed to put a shot over Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

Following an offensive zone faceoff draw, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann blocked that left the puck sitting in front of the Flyers net.

Crosby came crashing in and despite being picked up and brought to the ice, the superstar managed to lift the puck over Bryzgalov.

The goal is Crosby’s 31st career playoff goal.

Despite a spirited start by the Flyers, the Penguins managed to gain momentum and forced back-to-back icings that ultimately culminated in the game’s opening tally.

Thus far, the game has been extremely physical and it has been made apparent that the officials have allowed the two teams to play without interference.

The Penguins are currently outshooting the Flyers 5-2.

 

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