The Pittsburgh Penguins’ dominating power play results in a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3.
The Flyers and Penguins split the first two games in Pittsburgh. After being blitzed by Pittsburgh, the Flyers were able to regroup and defeat their hated rival in Game 2, by a score of 5-1.
The orange crowd was rocking as they dropped the puck for Game 3. The opening minutes were full of action. Brian Elliott and Matt Murray came up with big saves on prime scoring opportunities.
Philadelphia had the ice tilted towards Matt Murray and the Penguins during the first 10 minutes of the game. Nolan Patrick darted past the Penguins defense but was robbed by Matt Murray. Pittsburgh’s goaltender had all the answers and gave his teammates a chance to get their skates underneath them.
Pittsburgh navigated through the first period momentum of the Flyers. This lead to the most disliked hockey player in Philadelphia opened up the scoring for the Penguins. 2017 Stanley Cup Final hero, Patric Hornqvist dished the puck to Sidney Crosby, who put the puck past Elliott on a wrap around to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.
Derick Brassard, who was acquired by the Penguins from Ottawa at the trade deadline connected on a power play goal, early in the second period. Brassard buried a pass from Phil Kessel to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead.
Evgeni Malkin and Brian Dumoulin scored five seconds apart. The Penguins scored on the powerplay and immediately after when Sidney Crosby delivered a pass over to Dumoulin who ripped the puck past Brian Elliott’s glove hand. The Penguins’ two goals were separated by five seconds, which tied a playoff record set by the 1965 Red Wings.
Philadelphia wasn’t going away quietly. Travis Sanheim got the boys in orange on the board with a laser from the point. The mass of humanity in the front of Murray allowed the puck to be undetected. The Flyers were able to cut Pittsburgh’s lead to only a three-goal deficit going into the third period.
Any idea of a Flyers’ comeback quickly vanished. Justin Schultz blasted a one-timer past Brian Elliott on the power play. The Penguins’ third power play goal complete the scoring in a 5-1, Penguins victory.
1. Sidney Crosby – No one gets booed more than Sidney Crosby when he plays in Philadelphia. It clearly fuels him as he netted his 4th goal of the series. The captain opened the scoring for Pittsburgh and they never looked back. He won the faceoff and had the primary assist on Dumoulin’s goal, that essentially ended the Flyers’ hopes in Game 3.
2. Matt Murray – The Flyers came out of the gate buzzing. If it wasn’t for Matt Murray, the Penguins would have had to climb out of an early hole. Murray made 26 saves in the Penguins’ 5-1 victory. Murray had all the answers to the Flyers’ shots on goal. Pittsburgh’s goaltender rebounded from an ugly Game 2 loss with an impressive Game 3 win.
3. Evgeni Malkin – Malkin picked up a goal and assist in Pittsburgh’s Game 3 victory. The combination of Malkin’s speed and size gave the Flyers fits on Sunday afternoon. When Malkin and Crosby get on the scoreboard, this team is nearly impossible to beat.
The battle of the Keystone State between the Penguins and Flyers will resume on Wednesday night. The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA will host Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round matchup. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.