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FLY-BY: Where do we begin?!

Friday, 04.13.2012 / 9:28 PM ET / News
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FLY-BY: Where do we begin?!

  Laviolette    Jagr    Giroux    Talbot
The Flyers were caught yet again early on in the game… Sidney Crosby took a give-and-go from Steve Sullivan to record his second goal of the playoffs 15 seconds into the contest… The Pens kept up that pace and recorded their first goal on the power play nine minutes later, to go up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes for the second straight game… The Flyers got one back, but at the end of the first were out-shot, 11-7 and down by a 3-1 score.

This night's comeback didn't feature just one 0-3 deficit, the Flyers responded multiple times to the Pens answers, eventually grinding them down and overtaking them in the third period… The Flyers came back from an early 2-0 deficit to make it 2-1, then a 3-1 deficit to tie it up at 3-3. After the Pens took a 4-3 lead, the Flyers tied it up yet again. The Flyers fell behind one more time by the score of 5-4, but Sean Couturier tied it up at 5-5. From there, the Flyers took a 6-5 lead off a spin-around goal from Jagr and didn't look back.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped what could have been a 3-0 lead early in the first period when he flat out robbed All-Star defenseman Kris Letang, who had a wide-open net. Taking a nice pass from the opposite end of the ice while on the power-play, Letang received the puck at the right circle and wristed a shot up high, but Bryzgalov came flying over and flashed some leather to deny Letang… Bryz didn't stop there… He made another spectacular save in the second period when he robbed Steve Sullivan while sprawling on the ice by sticking his glove out on a attempt at a deke.

No only did Flyers rookie Sean Couturier play a dominant game defensively against the NHL's regular season leading scorer, Evgeni Malkin, but he posted his first NHL hat trick, scoring three very big goals and adding an assist for a four point night… Flyers leading scorer Claude Giroux matched Couturier with a hat trick of his own and added three assists for a Flyers-record, six-point night. Together, Couturier and Giroux had 10 points, in contrast to Crosby and Malkin's four points.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette praised the leadership amongst his players, but doesn't limit that leadership to just two or three players or even veterans.

"When you're able to comeback in a game like that again, I think it speaks volumes about the character of the guys in the room. Not only from the veteran players but from the younger players as well… Fighting back like that is not easy. The players were so resilient it's unbelievable."

Claude Giroux’s six points tonight sets a new Flyers franchise record for points in a playoff game.  The previous record was five, shared by Reggie Leach, Bob Dailey and Mark Recchi. With his six points, Giroux jumped from 25th to 18th on the Flyers all-time playoff scoring list.
Sean Couturier’s four-point night ties a Flyers franchise record for most points by a rookie in a playoff game, matching Peter Zezel (1-3-4) done exactly 27 years ago tonight on April 13, 1985 vs. NYR in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semifinals.
This is the first time in team history that two Flyers have had a hat trick in the same playoff game.  The last time the Flyers even had two hat tricks in the same playoff year was the 1986-87 season.
The last time the Flyers had a hat trick in a playoff game at all was May 2, 2004 by Keith Primeau in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Toronto.
The Flyers have won the first two games of a series on the road for just the second time in team history.  The only other time was the 1997 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh, which the Flyers won in five games.
The last time the Flyers scored eight goals in a playoff game was April 11, 1989 – Flyers 8 at Washington 5 in Game 5 of the Patrick Division Semifinals.
Max Talbot was plus-5 tonight, the first time he’s done that in any NHL regular season or playoff game.
The Flyers went down by two (or more) goals tonight for the 35th time in the regular season and playoffs.  They won the game for the ninth time under those circumstances, three of which have been against Pittsburgh here in the month of April (April 1, April 11, April 13).  
The six seconds between the Flyers' third goal and Pittsburgh's fourth goal was one second short of an NHL record.  The fastest 2 playoff goals in NHL history by one or both teams was 5 seconds, done most recently by the Penguins & Sabres (1 goal each) on 4/14/1979.
Sidney Crosby’s goal 15 seconds into tonight’s game was the fastest playoff goal against the Flyers in team history. 
Claude Giroux
All tonight's star did was set an all-time Flyers record for most points in a playoff game with three goals and three assists for six points.

Claude Giroux factored into six of the eight goals on the night, including goals that brought the Flyers within one at 3-2, one that tied the game at 3-3 and one that iced it for the Flyers.

Giroux posted goals on the power-play, shorthanded and an empty-netter.

"At the beginning of the season we saw Sean Couturier playing a lot of great defense - it's a big part of his game, but I told [the reporter] as Sean grows and matures, I think he's going to turn into a really dangerous, offensive player and everybody saw that tonight."
- Max Talbot

"Once you get out there after your first shift it's just like any other game. I just try to work hard and have fun."
- Sean Couturier

"The game's over. We have to put it behind us because they're going to come out hard, but at the same time we're pretty happy about guys stepping up."
- Claude Giroux
Tonight's turning point could've been placed at six or seven times during the course of action. Bryzgalov had two stellar saves. The Flyers fought back to tie the game up at 3-3, then six seconds later fell behind. Sean Couturier scored to tie it back up at 4-4 with just 2.8 seconds left in the second period, then the Flyers fell behind again.

And round and round we go, but tonight's turning point came not with the men with all the points. It came with the oldest Flyers to record a goal in the playoffs.

Jaromir Jagr had the puck in the middle of the slot and did a quick 180, shooting the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Flyers their first lead of the game after spending the first 49 minutes tied or trailing.

Jagr's goal was one that the Penguins couldn't fight back from as the Flyers eventually scored twice more to seal Game Two.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Bryzgalov ROBS Kris Letang in the 1st period.   

Flyers 8, Penguins 5
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Peter Laviolette's speech was well rehearsed, nothing the Philadelphia Flyers haven't heard a dozen times this season, if not more.

His team facing a three-goal deficit after the first 20 minutes of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Laviolette trotted out the same message that's become rote during the last three months.





1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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