Flyers Visited Pittsburgh, Shat, and Left With 2-0 Series Lead
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Yeah, he mad.
We can go one of three ways in naming this game:
1) Clocktower Sniper Game: This comes to us via reader Mr.Nickles, who, earlier in the season, dubbed Coots the "Clocktower Sniper" for his patience in holding the puck before sniping the farthest reaches of the net. Tonight, three times.
2) Two Tricks, One Fleury: You get it.
3) Homer’s Handiwork: Game 1 was a vintage Dry Island game, with goals coming from Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek, both of whom were obtained in the summer massacre. But tonight it was Sean Couturier (acquired with pick obtained in Carter trade), Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr (both signed on July 1) scoring five of the Flyers' eight goals. Once again, Homer – who may be running through Voorhees right now screaming "I FUCKING TOLD YOU" into the windows of frightened residents - looks like a genius.
I can’t decide, but I truly like the visual of Coots and Giroux shitting on Marc-Andre Fleury… so I’ll go with option two. Whatever the case, the Flyers just came back from two and three-goal deficits, respectively, in two vastly different games. Yinzers are likely drowning their sorrows in light beer and bacon grease (hint: this would have been their celebration, too). Flyers fans? We’re just excited. Like Brandi, the girl who lost her shit following a brief, glass-buffered encounter with Claude Giroux earlier this year:
The win feels nice for her. It feels nice for me too. Let’s delve: [stats via Flyers’ city-leading PR department]
Sidney Crosby’s goal 15 seconds into tonight’s game was the fastest playoff goal against the Flyers in team history.
With the Penguins up 2-0 just over 12 minutes into the game, Ilya Bryzgalov made the save of the year on Kris Letang, who was then hilariously dumped by rookie Matt Read:
Bryz on the save:
“I just swing my glove, and he put it in the glove.”
That woke up Giroux, who proceeded to assist on Talbot's goal (the Flyers' first) and score two second period goals to tie the game at three. He would later add an empty netter for the hat trick.
Sniped: [goal to tie the game at three]
Claude Giroux’s six points tonight sets a new Flyers franchise record for points in a playoff game. The previous record was five, shared by Reggie Leach, Bob Dailey and Mark Recchi.
With his six points, Giroux jumped from 25th to 18th on the Flyers all-time playoff scoring list.
The Penguins would quickly regain the lead, making it 4-3:
The six seconds between the Flyers' third goal and Pittsburgh's fourth goal was one second short of an NHL record.
Then it was Cooter time. The 19-year-old scored three of the Flyers’ next four goals, and frustrated Evegni Malkin.
Sean Couturier’s four-point night ties a Flyers franchise record for most points by a rookie in a playoff game, matching Peter Zezel (1-3-4) done exactly 27 years ago tonight on April 13, 1985 vs. NYR in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semifinals.
Cooter’s climax was only interrupted by Jagr’s game-winning goal, which he scored with a broken stick. He would kiss its replacement:
By this point, Dan Bylsma and his glasses were at a loss for words:
And the Penguins fans who made the Flyers Suck Song were probably regretting the time they put into this clusterfuck:
And now, some stats to make fun of the Penguins:
The Flyers have won the first two games of a series on the road for just the second time in team history. The only other time was the 1997 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh, which the Flyers won in five games.
Per Elias, the last time the Flyers had 2 SHG in a playoff game was April 26, 1997 vs. Pittsburgh – Game 5, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (6-3 W)
The Penguins have only given up 35 power play goals this regular season and playoffs; the Flyers have scored eight of those goals.
The Flyers are 17-0 all-time when leading a series 2-0…
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