By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers gear up for game two after a disappointing blowout loss in game one. The lineups will stay the same and Elliott will start despite being pulled in game one.
First period: The Penguins opened the period by spending the whole first minute in the Flyers zone. While the Penguins outplayed the Flyers in the first period, Elliott and the post kept them off the board. It was Gostisbehere that opened the scoring on the powerplay with less than a minute left in the period.
Second period: Just 47 seconds into the second period Couturier scored after a solid play in front of the net to tie up Letang. Patrick had a scare after losing an edge and crashing into the boards, but he returned to the game a few minutes later. There were a couple soft penalties on the Flyers but they killed them off to keep a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Third period: The Flyers again opened the period with an early goal, this time from Konecny just 1:29 in, it was his first career playoff goal. Four minutes later, Patrick scored his first playoff goal as he capitalized on the powerplay. 17 seconds later Hornqvist ruined Elliott’s shutout bid. It wasn’t enough though and after multiple penalties from both teams it was the Flyers that earned the win and the icing on the cake was an MacDonald empty-net goal.
Takeaways: What a turnaround. the first period was shaky, but they settled in well as the game went on. Elliott finally looked like he shook of the cob webs and the team as a whole stepped up and evened the series.
Three stars of the game
3) Nolan Patrick
2) Sean Couturier
1) Brian Elliott
PHI: Gostisbehere (Giroux, Couturier)
PHI: Couturier (Provorov, Raffl)
PHI: Konecny (Simmonds, Provorov)
PHI: Patrick (Couturier, Voracek)
PIT: Hornqvist (Schultz, Dumoulin)
PHI: MacDonald (Lehtera)
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