Flyers—Penguins: Philadelphia Dominants, Blank Pittsburgh 3-0

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IApril 23, 2009

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 23:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is stopped by Martin Biron #43 of the Philadelphia Flyers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs  on April 23, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.(Photo By Dave Sandford/ Getty Images)

The Flyers heard the sweet sound of silence this evening when the horn sounded at the Mellon arena in Pittsburgh, as they shutout the Penguins 3-0.

Overall, this was a game that a lot of fans around the country thought was in the bag for the Penguins. They're coming to their home building up three games to one, and the Flyers are going to come in and just go through the motions.

For all the people who are negative toward John Stevens, rethink your opinions. It's obvious this Flyers squad came out with a purpose and played with enthusiasm and heart. The Penguins played as if they thought the Flyers were come in and lay down for them.

The Flyers were led by their own stud netminder in Martin Biron, who was stellar between the pipes, stopping all 28 Pittsburgh shots to record his second career playoff shutout.

They seemed to have the upper hand in the first twenty minutes of the hockey game, out shooting the Flyers 15-5 at the end of a scoreless first. The men in orange and black came out in the second like a team who wanted to prove something, and they did.

Arron Asham, yes, Arron Asham scored his second career postseason goal just over six minutes into the second period to put the Flyers up 1-0.

"Usually we try and criss-cross in that situation, I thought I had a good shot lined up and thank God it went in," Asham said.

Evgeni Malkin had his goal called back after the refs found a "distinct kicking motion" and called the goal back. The Flyers had the calls going their way for the first time all series. 

"I had a feeling that something was going to go our way tonight. When that goal by Malkin was called back I breathed a sigh of relief knowing we just had a call go our way, now we have to take full advantage of it," Flyers Coach John Stevens said.

The Flyers' defense was a lockdown crew on the ice tonight, they were forechecking effectively, and hitting hard in key spots.

"They had a chance to close it out in their building, but we made the adjustments that were needed," Martin Biron said after the game.

"We knew we had to win at least on here, now we know there's no tomorrow. We go back home now and it's a totally different ballgame," Biron added.

In the NHL playoffs so far this postseason, teams entering the third period with a lead are 19-0, the Flyers looked to continue the trend with the magician Claude Giroux tallying his second goal of the playoffs a little over three minutes into the third to put the Flyers up 2-0.

"I have confidence right now, the whole team has it. For me, its all about going out there and having fun and most of the time good things happen when your having fun," Giroux said.

"We were more excited to win than nervous to lose," Giroux added.

The Flyers now lead the NHL with 10 different players contributing a goal in this series so far.

Mike Knuble netted his first goal of the playoffs to close out the Pens 13 minutes into the third, that made the Flyers lead 3-0.

"Our whole motivation for this game was to get the series back to Philadelphia," Coach John Stevens said.

"There's nothing better than playing in front our fans, our players absolutely love playing in front of our home crowd, with the passion and how loud it is."

"We went in here and made it 3-2, we head back to Philly and have to play even better to tie this up," Stevens added.

Game six will be this Saturday afternoon at the Wachovia Center at 3pm. The Flyers will have the home crowd behind them, loud and strong, as they will attempt to force a game seven in Pittsburgh.