Flyers Stun Penguins in OT in Game 1

Published on April 11th, 2012

Opening face-off between Staal and Giroux

by Mike del Tufo

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
In this Keystone Klash, the Philadelphia Flyers shocked the Pittsburgh Penguins by overcoming a 3-0 deficit and pulling out the 4-3 win in overtime.

For this game, Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Pens and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Schenn-Simmonds
Couturier-Talbot-Rinaldo
Read-Wellwood-Voracek

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Carle
Coburn-Grossman
Lilja-Bourdon

The Penguins pummeled the Flyers in the 1st period scoring three times.  Sidney Crosby sent a back-hander in at 3:43 of the 1st period.  Jordan Staal then gave a streaking Tyler Kennedy a nice pass and Kennedy converted at 7:49.  Lastly Pascal Dupuis knocked a puck out of the air and it slipped past Bryzgalov at 19:23.  The Flyers were out-shot 13 to 6.  Jaromir Jagr had the best chance to score for the Flyers when he had a breakaway but Fleury stopped him. 

Fleury made an incredible save on Flyers forward Scott Hartnell near the 5-minute mark of the 2nd period.  The Flyers had a 3-on-1 breakaway on the play.  Danny Briere got the Flyers on the scoreboard at 6:22 on a play that apparently was off-sides.  The Flyers had a nice bounce-back 2nd period as they like to do but only had 13 shots through the first 2 periods. 

The Flyers continued their strong play from the 2nd period and it paid off.  They stunned the Pens in the 3rd period by scoring two goals to force overtime.  Briere scored again at 9:17 to pull the Flyers to within a goal.  Then they tied it at 12:23 when Brayden Schenn scored on the power-play.  It was the Flyers’ 1st power-play of the game.  The Pens peppered Bryzgalov with shots late in the 3rd but could not beat him.

The Flyers then ended it quickly in overtime.  Jakub Voracek knocked it in at 2:23 of overtime to give the Flyers this stunning victory.

On coming back from down 3-0 to win, Briere said, “We’ve shown all year we have character.  It’s the only way we know how.  The choice was easy after the 1st period.  Either you pack it in or you fight.  It was an easy choice.”

Flyers lead the series 1-0.  Game 2 is Friday in Pittsburgh again.

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