Pens Slam Flyers 10-3 in Game 4

Published on April 19th, 2012

Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-3 to make the series 3-1 in favor of the Flyers.  The Flyers led 3-2 in the 1st period but gave up 8 consecutive goals the rest of the way.

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-Wellwood
Read-Voracek-Rinaldo

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

It was another goal-filled 1st period with the teams combining for 7 goals.  Flyers Claude Giroux started it off by slipping one through Fleury’s five-hole on the power-play at 1:16 of the 1st period.  The Pens then got the next two.  Evgeni Malkin grabbed a rebound and scored at 3:37.  Pens Matt Niskanen then scored on the power-play at 8:05 to give them a 2-1 lead.  The Flyers responded with 2 power-play goals.  Kimmo Timonen scored at 15:06 on a 5-on-3.  Jakub Voracek followed that up with a power-play goal of his own at 15:52 to put the Flyers back in front 3-2.  The Pens then scored two quick goals to re-take the lead.  Sidney Crosby scored at 16:19 and Jordan Staal scored at 17:29. 

The Flyers, normally a 2nd period team, were totally overwhelmed in this 2nd period.  The Pens scored 5 goals including 3 on the power-play.  Kris Letang scored on the power-play at 3:07.  Sergei Bobrovsky replaced Bryzgalov in net after this goal.  The Pens then added two more power-play goals.  Staal scored again at 7:21 and Steve Sullivan scored at 10:55.  The Pens then scored two even-strength goals.  Pascal Dupuis scored at 14:59 and Staal completed his hat-trick at 16:03. 

Malkin scored at 4:04 of the 3rd period to make it 10-3 Pens to close the scoring.  The referees were wary of this game getting out of hand and gave out some game misconducts in this period to prevent it from happening. 

Flyers center Claude Giroux on the lop-sided loss said, “It wasn’t our best game. I think we got embarrassed in front of our fans, and that’s something we’re not happy of. The good thing about playoffs is you put that one behind you, and correct what you did. Now we’ll go back to Pittsburgh, and we know what we have to do. We weren’t too sharp tonight. Maybe we thought it was going to be easy tonight in front of our fans. We had that lead and they kind of took over, but we’re not happy about it. We just got to be better in Pittsburgh.”

Flyers lead the series 3-1.  Game 5 is Friday in Pittsburgh.

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