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

Box score:

1st period:

PIT: Rust (Letang, Guentzel)

PIT: Hagelin (Hornqvist, Sheahan)

PIT: Malkin (Hagelin)

2nd period:

PIT: Guentzel (Brassard, Sheary)

PIT: Crosby (Dumoulin, Guentzel)

3rd period:

PIT: Crosby (Schultz, Guentzel)

PIT: Crosby (Dumoulin)


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