The Philadelphia Flyers came into Mellon Arena and had a much different result than they had last year in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, where they were eliminated after an embarrassing 6-0 loss.
This time around, the Flyers avoided elimination getting a strong performance from Martin Biron, defeating the Penguins 3-0 Thursday night to force a Game 6
“We knew they would come out and play a great game tonight and they did,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “They pushed it to a Game 6 and its back to their building. We have the knowledge that we’ve won in that building the last time we were there.”
The Flyers are a very confident team as they have been the better team since game 3. Some NHL pundits even make the argument the Flyers have been the better team since the second period of game 2.
While the Flyers have the momentum after forcing a game 6, history isn‚Äôt on their side.
In 223 series where a team was down three games to one,
only (8%) of those team have come back from such as deficit. For the Flyers — they have never won a series (13 in total) in which they were 3-1.
Penguins will practice at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.
The Penguins will practice at Mellon Arena on Friday before departing to Philadelphia in the afternoon. I’ll have a update around noon.
Dan Bylsma on the performance of Miroslav Satan and Philippe Boucher
“I think they played well,” Bylsma said, following the game.
Satan recorded 9:24 of ice time, and had two shots in goal. He did a solid job of finding the soft spots in the slot and he had few prime scoring chances.
Where Satan struggles is to get any zip on his shots. I have noticed that being an issue since the first time i saw him in training camp.
Still, I thought he was more noticeable than Sykora has been lately.
Boucher had 18:04 of ice time including 5:53 of ice time on the power play. The Penguins were 0-for-4 on the power play and are now 4-for-29 in the series.
Defensively it wasn‚Äôt a strong night for Boucher. He had two turnovers that led to goals and was a -2.