GAME SIX: Flyers vs. Penguins
Sunday, 04.22.2012 / 1:30 AM
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
Flyers lead series, 3 games to 2
1. GAME SIX
The Flyers will play their 37th Game Six in team history… They own an 18-18 record and an 11-8 record when given a chance to eliminate an opponent in Game 6s … The last three Game 6s for the Flyers have all been decided by one goal with the last two decided in overtime.
2. THE POWER PLAY
The Flyers own the NHL postseason's best power-play at 55 percent, going 11-for-20 in the series… They also have a 58.3 percent success rate at home on the man-advantage, going 7-for-12 through the first two games.
3. FIRST GOAL CURSE?
The team that has scored the first goal in the series has lost all five games so far in the series… Other than Game Five, at least two goals have been scored in opening 10 minutes of each game. Game Five saw no goals scored in the opening 10 minutes.
4. Player to watch PENGUINS: Jordan Staal
Staal leads all players in the playoffs with six goals and ranks second (behind Claude Giroux
) in scoring with nine points… Staal has also posted a point in each game in the series.
5. Player to watch FLYERS: Jaromir Jagr
In his return to the NHL post-season for the first time in four seasons, Jagr has recorded a point in each of the first five games of the series and is tied for the NHL playoff lead with six assists… He has seven points (1G-6A) in the playoffs thus far, making his career playoff point total at 188 points (78G-110A) in 174 games.
: Can the Penguins' magic ride continue? Or can the Flyers finally close the series after leading 3-0?
: The Penguins feel they've planted the seeds of doubt in the minds of the Flyers.
Winning two straight games to force Game 6, the Penguins believe they've rattled the Flyers.
"They're not far removed from doing the same thing to another team, so they know it can be done," Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis said Saturday. "They have it in the back of their minds."
Dupuis said watching Flyers center Claude Giroux
demolish his stick after the game was a sure sign of the team's self-doubt.
"I think they're there right now," Dupuis said. "Seeing Giroux breaking his stick the last game when they didn't come back in the third, I think we're in there [the Flyers' heads]."
: After watching Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury steal Game 5 for his team, can Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
return the favor in Game 6?
"I think it's time for our defense and our goalie to win us a game," Scott Hartnell
He added that he doesn't believe Bryzgalov has played badly, just that he thinks his goaltender can reach another level with his play.
"You need a goalie who can make those stops," he said. "Not that Bryz has played bad, but we'd love to win 1-0 and get a shutout and move on and get some rest and get some guys healthy."
: Penguins center Jordan Staal has six goals in the last three games, and at least a point in all five games. … Flyers left wing Jaromir Jagr
has at least a point in all five games, and seven in all. He's moved from 13th to a tie for eighth with 188 points on the League's all-time playoff scoring leaderboard.
: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury, and is questionable to for Game 6. … Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros
is out with a back injury. Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann
is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
: The Penguins have outscored the Flyers 8-0 at even strength in the last two games. The Flyers' last five-on-five goal was 27 seconds into the third period of Game 3.
: Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has just two goals in the series -- both coming in Game 4 -- and would like to do more. However, his zeal to be better earned him two trips to the penalty box in Game 5, and he also put a big hit on teammate Sidney Crosby. He knows he has to be more in control if he wants to contribute in Game 6.
"Last game, [I took] stupid penalties," Malkin said Saturday. "I'm a little bit nervous. … Of course it's hard to control the emotions. Every whistle, the puck drops and two [defensemen] start coming to you and start pushing you, it's tough. It's hard, but you need to control it."