Pittsburgh leads series, 3-2 Marty Biron made 28 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers got timely goals and defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 Thursday night at Mellon Arena to force a game 6 on Saturday. The Penguins jumped on the Flyers early out shooting the Flyers 15-5 in the first period but were unable to get one past Martin Biron who played his best game of the series. The Flyers made adjustments in the final two periods, being aggressive at the blueline and playing stifling defense, limiting the Penguins to 13 shots over the course of the second and third period.
Pittsburgh 3 – Philadelphia 2 Often regarded as a playoff under-achiever in his last couple stops with San Jose and St. Louis, Bill Guerin is making his mark in Pittsburgh Guerin, the Penguins prized acquisition at the March 4th NHL trade deadline, scored the over-time winner at 18:29 of the first over-time as the Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Friday night at Mellon Arena to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The over time winner was Guerin‚Äôs second goal of the game and his first game winning playoff goal in his 17 year career.
(Courtesy of South Central) Season Series 10/14/08: PIT 3 – PHI 2 11/13/08: PIT 5 – PHI 4 12/13/08: PHI 6 – PIT 3 1/13/09: PIT 4 – PHI 2 2/21/09: PIT 5 – PHI 4 3/22/09: PHI 3 – PIT 1 Star Power PIT: Evgeni Malkin (112 pts), Sidney Crosby (103 pts) PHI: Jeff Carter (84 pts), Mike Richards (80 pts) Advantage – Pittsburgh Forwards Pittsburgh: Down the middle the Penguins are the deepest team in the NHL with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. While Crosby, Malkin had little help for much of the season, Penguins general manager Ray Shero added Chris Kunitz (18 points, 20 pts) and Bill Guerin (12 points, 17 games) prior to the trade deadline. The additions of Kunitz, Guerin has led to Sidney Crosby‚Äôs game taking off in the past month and role players such as Max Talbot, Pascal Dupuis, are nowRead More »
Despite heading into the playoffs with little momentum after a 4-5-1 finish and missing a golden opportunity to have home-ice in the first round, the Flyers believe this years playoff rematch with the Penguins will have a different result because of health. In the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals, the Flyers top defensemen Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn saw limited action during the series. Timonen did not appear in a game until the series finale and Coburn was lost for the series in Game 2 after taking a puck to the face that resulted in 50+ stitches. Beatwriters with the Flyers tell me, the organization truly believes it would have been a much different series if Coburn and Timonen were in the lineup throughout the series. The Flyers were also without 34 goal scorer Simon Gagne. All three players will be at 100% health for the start of the series which beginsRead More »
Philadelphia 4 – New Jersey 2 The Philadelphia Flyers (90 pts) took more strides to locking up the #4 spot in the Eastern Conference Monday night, defeating the New Jersey Devils (97 pts) 4-2 in Philadelphia. Jeff Carter scored his 40th goal of the season and Simone Gagne and added his 30th goal of the season to power the Flyers to a critical divisional win. The Flyers winners of three straight got another strong performance from Marty Biron who made 32 saves to record his 25th win of the season. Biron is 4-1 on the season on the second game of back-to-back games. Carolina 3 – Florida 2 OT Ray Whitney scored 1:37 into overtime to lead the surging Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. The win moved the Hurricanes one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for 5th place in the EasternRead More »
In a battle for the #4 spot in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Flyers (39-22-10) took great strides to locking up the #4 seed in the East, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins (39-27-8) 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Mellon Arena. It was a game of special teams as Simon Gagne and Scott Hartnell each scored a power play goal for the Fylers who now move two points ahead of the Penguins in standings. Pittsburgh who has a league high 11 comebacks when trailing after the second period, got on the score sheet at 10:02 of the third period when Kris Letang (8) (Power play) beat goaltender Marty Biron low blocker side to cut the Flyers lead to one. Sidney Crosby (95 pts) and Evgeni Malkin (105 pts) assisted on Letang’s third period tally. Pittsburgh‚Äôs comeback ended with 28 seconds remaining in the third period when Darroll Powe (5) scored a empty netRead More »