By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
As the series shifts back to Philadelphia for game three the Flyers are looking to keep the momentum in their favor as they had a dominating performance in game two. After the technical classic they put on display just two days ago, can they continue to do the little things right even though that’s been their area of concern all season?
First period: The Flyers came out absolutely on fire with big chances from Patrick and Sanheim that were denied by Murray. All four Flyers lines were rolling and playing great hockey, until a Crosby wrap-around goal gave the floundering Pens the lead. Thought the Flyers then failed on a pair of powerplays, they definitely were the better team after the first 20 minutes.
Second period: A barrage of penalties led to two powerplay goals from the Penguins (Malkin, Brassard). After the Malkin goal, Crosby won the faceoff and sent the puck to Dumoulin who sniped the puck past Elliott with no attempt to from the defense to stop him. Sanheim did manage to put one past Murray from the point, the only goal from the Flyers this afternoon.
Third period: More penalties on the Flyers which lead to a Schultz powerplay goal. Not much else to see here.
Takeaways: The first ten minutes of the game were arguably the best ten minutes the Flyers have played in years. Once Crosby scored the goal the machine-like precision came to and end and the wheels quickly fell off. Same as game one, there isn’t a whole lot of positives to takeaway from this one.
Three stars of the game
3) Matt Murray
2) Evgeni Malkin
1) Sidney Crosby
PIT: Crosby (Hornqvist)
PIT: Brassard (Kessel, Letang)
PIT: Malkin (Letang, Crosby)
PIT: Dumoulin (Crosby)
PHI: Sanheim (Voracek, Patrick)
PIT: Schultz (Malkin, Crosby)
photo credit: gcobb.com