by Tony on 04/21/09 at 11:39 PM ET
The Penguins did what they needed to do to win a tough road game.
They got back to playing sound defense, and most importantly, got an outstanding performance from Marc-Andre Fleury with 45 saves to give the Penguins a commanding 3-1 series advantage with a 3-1 win over the Flyers tonight at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers threw everything but the kitchen sink at Fleury, but he made several excellent saves to preserve a Penguins lead until midway through the third period when they finally scored. That would be the only blemish on the scoresheet against him, though.
It didn’t help the Penguins that they gave the Flyers eight powerplay opportunities, but the Pens’ penalty kill was stellar, killing off all eight.
As expected, the Flyers came out strong again. This time, though, the Penguins withstood the barrage. The Flyers had three powerplays in the first period, but it didn’t yield any goals as the game remained scoreless.
The Penguins were able to get the important first goal of the game about three minutes into the game when Chris Kunitz lofted a centering pass towards the net where Sidney Crosby was able to get a stick on it, then the puck deflected off his shoulder and crashed with him into the net. The play was reviewed and the goal was allowed to give the Pens a 1-0 lead.
It only took about four minutes for the Pens to strike again. Matt Cooke corralled a loose puck in the Flyers’ zone and centered it to Tyler Kennedy. Kennedy then made a nice forehand/backhand move to fire a shot past Marty Biron to pad the Penguins’ lead to 2-0.
The Flyers finally got on the board midway through the third period when during a scrum former Penguin farmhand Daniel Carcillo one-timed a loose puck past Fleury to cut the Pens’ lead to 2-1.
But the Penguins’ clamped down for the remainder of the third period, where at the 19:08 mark Max Talbot scored the empty netter to clinch the win.
- Another game, another lousy powerplay effort for the Pens. 0-for-5 again.
- The Flyers had 16 shots solely on the powerplay.
- 20 shots for the Pens tonight, led by Rob Scuderi’s five.
- The Pens obviously did not play the physical game tonight. Only 12 hits awarded to them.
The Penguins can now finish the Flyers off Thursday night back at the Igloo.
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