NHL Playoffs 2012: 7 Great Moments from Game 2 Between the Penguins and Flyers
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Coming in to Game 1, there was a lot of hype. The first game saw a three-goal deficit overcome by Philadelphia, then Jakub Voracek would give them the 1-0 series lead with an overtime goal.
Game 2 had even more anticipation, and it didn't take long for the game to get wild.
It had it all—goals of every variety, great saves and plenty of physical play from both sides.
Is it wrong to suggest an 82-game season between these two teams alone? The worst part about this series is that one of the teams will have their year end too early.
Let's take a look at the seven great moments from the game that puts the Flyers up 2-0 in the series.
Sidney Crosby Starts the Scoring Early
Some people were critical of how Sidney Crosby played in Game 1, but it didn't take long for Crosby to show that Game 2 would be different.
Just 15 seconds into the first period, the Penguins would take advantage of a bad Flyers line change when Crosby finished off a nifty two-on-one with Steve Sullivan to give his team an early lead.
The goal tied the Pittsburgh Penguins record for fastest first goal in a playoff game (Greg Malone did it back in 1981).
Ilya Bryzgalov's Save on Kris Letang
It may be hard to believe that a game that saw 13 goals would have any sort of save as a highlight, but there were multiple saves, from both goalies, that were spectacular.
This one from Ilya Bryzgalov on Kris Letang definitely holds the title for best save of the playoffs so far.
Even more impressive is that Bryzgalov made this when the Flyers were down 2-0 early in the first. Some could argue it was the turning point for the Flyers.
Sidney Crosby's Assist on Paul Martin's Goal
Isn't it great to see Sidney Crosby playing hockey once again?
We get to see plays like this nifty backhand sauce pass to give Paul Martin enough space to snap it past Ilya Bryzgalov.
He just makes it look so easy.
Sean Couturier's First Career NHL Playoff Hat Trick
Sean Couturier had never scored a playoff goal in the NHL before Game 2 of this series, but now the 19-year-old has three to his name.
The rookie has played a big part in the Flyers' success this season, so it was only a matter of time until he notched his first postseason goal.
Couturier also had one assist to give him four points on the night.
Here's his second of the night to tie the game at five.
The Back-and-Forth Scoring
What was amazing about the game was how many goals were scored by both teams so close together.
It was also great to see the variety of goals scored, with power-play, short-handed and even strength tallies all coming in numbers.
Here, Claude Giroux scores while the Flyers are down a man, and then just six seconds later Chris Kunitz restores the Penguin's lead on the power play.
Jaromir Jagr Scores a Sweet Spin-O-Rama Game Winner
Jaromir Jagr proves he's still got it with this slick spin-o-rama in what would turn out to be the game-winning goal.
This goal was actually the first lead the Flyers had in Game 2, and really their only lead in regulation in the series.
The goal is extra sweet for Jagr who spent so much of his career in Pittsburgh.
The only thing missing is his salute goal celebration.
Claude Giroux Sets Flyers Franchise Record for Points in a Playoff Game
Claude Giroux was stellar in Game 2 for the Flyers, scoring three goals and three assists to set a new Philadelphia Flyers point-scoring record in a playoff game.
Interestingly, Giroux scored all three goals in different ways. The first was a power-play goal, the second a short-handed goal and he finished off the hat trick with an empty-net goal.
Here's all three of his goals on the night and note the impressive passing on his first power-play goal.