2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins vs. Flyers Game 2 Live Blog
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Pens lose 8-5.
For a team that leaned on its defense so much through the absence of its stars, the Penguins' defense is just inexplicable. Marc-Andre Fleury has played two very good games and will be put on the hook for 11 goals against.
The Crosby line played another good game, but the three lines to follow were unwatchable. Philadelphia has very specific match-up answers for what Dan Bylsma wants to do and the Penguins have yet to counter the Flyers' in-game adjustments.
Pittsburgh's got two games on the road and I would bet they won't open the next with a multiple goal lead.
Game three is Sunday.
There's the story of the Pens' series so far. James Neal misses by inches on one end and Philadelphia answers 2-on-1 the other way. Couturier gets his second. 7-5 Flyers.
Penguins could use a big push here. Flyers have shut things down since the Jagr goal.
Jagr scores and its 6-5. The Penguins' defensive breakdowns are absolutely fascinating. Fascinating is the nicest way to put it, too.
The tension in CONSOL is palpable. Both teams look more apt to score a goal than complete an exit out of the defensive zone. Penguins can't afford to drop two straight at home to start a series.
What did I tell you? Lovejoy makes a stomach-turning turnover in his own zone and now Couturier has his second of the game. 5-5, just like that. Three players with two goals apiece tonight.
Tyler Kennedy pots an innocent-looking backhand from the slot at 1:06 of the third and its 5-4 Pens. No defense, none. What a game.
Dupuis has two assists tonight (plus-two rating), making it 19 straight games (incl. regular season) in which he has at least a point. I'm not certain whether NHL scorekeepers allow such a streak to extend into the second season, but if you're feeling generous that's the second-longest streak the Pens have had since the lockout, following Crosby's 25-game run last November-December.
Probably worth noting that Pittsburgh has relinquished leads of 3-0, 3-1 and 4-3 in five periods and an overtime, and there's no money to acquire two big free agent defensemen this summer. Their problems appear to be systemic and painted black and orange. The series may very well hinge on this next period.
No one wants to play defense in this one. Couturier gets his first with seconds left and its 4-4. Not a great night for either goaltender. At least the last Flyers goal came at even strength.
Schenn absorbs another huge hit, this time from Neal.
Letang makes a souvenir and Flyers go back to the power play. Two for delay of game. His second minor of the night. Pittsburgh absolutely has to have a kill.
Wow. Malkin, Neal and Kunitz weren't pleased following the shorty. They storm back off the center-ice faceoff and Kunitz answers with his second of the night. 4-3 Pens. Bryzgalov throws his stick off the glass in disgust.
Giroux's 2nd. Shorthanded. 3-3.
Craig Adams destroys Wayne Simmonds just inside the Flyers blue line, the Pens get zone time after the hit and Brayden Schenn is hit with a minor for interference. Pens back to the power play. That entire sequence started with a solid hit by Adams. That can't go unnoticed.
Also, what a sequence of hockey. Great chances both ways. Playoffs, folks.
A passing clinic. Pittsburgh cannot stop the Philadelphia power play. 3-2 Pens. Giroux's first with assists by four different Flyers.
Another Penguins as Crosby gets hit for interference. Flyers to the man-advantage.
The unit that scored most of the team's RS PP goals goes out and keeps it in the zone for over a minute. The adjustment is working. Crosby-Staal unit out now.
Early into the first and the Flyers are tagged with another hooking call. Pens to the PP at 1:53 of second. Their last was negated by Letang.
Second period is about to drop. Big period for Pittsburgh. Need to show they can stick with it.
Some first period box score action.
14-23 face-offs (61 percent)
11 shots on goal
3 SOG during 2 PPs
Crosby: Goal (2), Assist
Martin: Goal (1)
Kunitz: Goal (1)
Dupuis: 2 Assists
Neal, Malkin: Assist Each
Fleury: 6 saves on 7 shots
Sidney Crosby makes a pass that only Sidney Crosby can make, Paul Martin picks steps to the tee and wrists one past Bryz to make it 3-1 with less than a minute left. It's the second straight game in which the Pens have scored three first-period goals and a goal in the final minute of the first. Crosby has two points tonight and Martin has halved his goal total from the entire regular season. First intermission.
Letang just obliterated Zac Rinaldo. Scour the web for a replay. Worth it.
Letang is tagged with a diving call that the crowd is not pleased with and Talbot scores 4-on-4 to make it 2-1. I need to see a replay of the scrum because it really, really appears the Flyers were beneficiaries of an even-up call.
Thank you Twitter. It was a good call, and a bad penalty to take.
Bryzgalov just made the save of the postseason on Kris Letang. A scrum ensues again, and Letang and Flyer go to the box for their troubles.
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