By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers head to Pittsburgh to start the postseason
First period: The Pens opened the game with a goal just 2:38 into the first as Rust blasted home a horrible rebound by Elliott. Bad turnovers by the Flyers was the name of the game but Pittsburgh failed to capitalize on most, until a Couturier turnover lead to a tip-in goal from Hagelin. Malkin would add on to the scoring after leaving the penalty box and went coast-to-coast blowing past the Flyers defense and potted a backhander past Elliott to take a three-goal lead into the locker room.
Second period: The Flyers did try to turn things around early in the period, but it didn’t pay off thanks to a tic-tac-toe powerplay goal finished by Guentzel. Crosby worked his magic again and used his excellent hand-eye coordination to bat in a puck out of mid-air. this led to getting pulled and Mrazek stopped all 9 shots he faced in relief during the second period.
Third period: The Pens kept their foot on the gas all game which resulted in two Crosby tip-in goals for his third career playoff hat trick. Murray posts his third straight postseason shutout, the first goalie to do so since Ilya Bryzgalov in 2006.
Takeaways: There are really no positives to take away from this. they have been a much more physical team, but other than that I got nothing.
Three stars of the game
3) Brian Dumoulin
2) Jake Guentzel
1) Sidney Crosby
PIT: Rust (Letang, Guentzel)
PIT: Hagelin (Hornqvist, Sheahan)
PIT: Malkin (Hagelin)
PIT: Guentzel (Brassard, Sheary)
PIT: Crosby (Dumoulin, Guentzel)
PIT: Crosby (Schultz, Guentzel)
PIT: Crosby (Dumoulin)
photo credit: pittsburgh.cbslocal.com