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FLY-BY: Where do we begin?!

Friday, 04.13.2012 / 9:28 PM / 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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31


J. Voracek 50 17 41 11 58
C. Giroux 49 16 36 7 52
M. Streit 50 7 28 0 35
W. Simmonds 50 18 13 -4 31
B. Schenn 50 11 20 -2 31
S. Couturier 50 11 12 0 23
M. Read 50 3 15 -8 18
M. Del Zotto 38 4 12 -6 16
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
V. Lecavalier 36 7 7 -9 14
S. Mason 10 12 6 .922 2.40
R. Emery 8 9 1 .887 3.38
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