Posted April 23, 2012 on AP on Fox
Sidney Crosby says the Pittsburgh Penguins needed to play ''perfect'' hockey to dig themselves out of a 3-0 hole in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against rival Philadelphia. The Penguins did it for two games, but couldn't make it three, falling 5-1 on Sunday. The loss marked the second straight year Pittsburgh couldn't get out of the first round of the postseason. The Penguins had an excuse last year, as injuries to Crosby and Evgeni Malkin limited the team's offensive firepower. This year, they were healthy and entered the playoffs the favorite to win their second Stanley Cup in four years. Instead, they trudge into the offseason wondering what happened after the Flyers lit them up for 30 goals in six games, including 12 on the power play.

Claude Giroux Flattens Sidney Crosby Five Seconds Into Flyers-Penguins Game 6 Clash (Video)

The Flyers and Penguins have been trading blows throughout their playoff series, and it didn't take long for Sunday's Game 6 showdown to heat up. Claude Giroux laid out Sidney Crosby just five seconds into the game, setting the tempo as the Flyers looked to finish off the Penguins. Both Giroux and Crosby are known more for their goal-scoring ability than their physicality...

Penguins’ Coach Apparently Doesn’t Like the Flyers Either

Apparently Sidney Crosby is not the only member of the Pittsburgh Penguins that doesn’t like the Flyers. After losing Game 6 of the series to the Flyers by a final of 5-1, and thereby the series, Penguins’ head coach Dan Bylsma spoke to the media about the series loss. A couple of weeks ago, Bylsma and Flyers’ coach Peter Laviolette engaged in a screaming match during which...

Top 10 takeaways from the Flyers taking out the Penguins

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Claude Giroux's huge hit on Sidney Crosby (Video)

The Philadelphia Flyers are onto the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games over the weekend. About one minute into game six, Philadelphia's Claude Giroux took aim at Penguins star Sidney Crosby by knocking him down:

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 Wrap-up: Pittsburgh Penguins beaten by the best

The Pittsburgh Penguins should not despair. The attention was on Sidney Crosby's reception to the Philadelphia Flyers after Sunday's eliminating loss. The Penguins will exit early this year after the round's most intense series. For some teams, a lot of the small things can amount to bigger problems. Perhaps it was Jaromir Jagr’s decision to sign a one...

Claude Giroux Levels Sidney Crosby, Flyers eliminate Penguins in Game 6

Just 4 seconds into the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins Game 6 Claude Giroux sent a message by flattening Sidney Crosby.  The Pens star player and captain took the hit right off the opening faceoff, video below.   Thirty seconds later Giroux scored the first goal of the game and the Flyers rolled from there, beating Pittsburgh 5-1 and winning the series 4 games-to 2...

Flyers Dispatch Penguins; Move On

It took everything out of the team, its fans and an entire city, but the Philadelphia Flyers finally finished off Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Claude Giroux set the tone early on with a big hit on Sidney Crosby just a few seconds into the game. Giroux followed it up seconds later by giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead...

Penguins have plenty to do during long offseason

The Pittsburgh Penguins are sticking with coach Dan Bylsma and star centers Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin. Other than that, general manager Ray Shero says it's a ''big summer'' for the franchise as it tries to figure out what happened during its first-round implosion against Philadelphia. The Penguins won 51 games during the regular season but...

Flyers finish off tough Penguins in 5-1 win

Claude Giroux set the tone early, as he knocked Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby on his butt, then scored a first period goal at 32 seconds in as the Flyers beat the Penguins, 5-1, to win the best of seven series four games to two. In nearly unheard of fashion, the Penguins pulled Mark Andre Fluery with 3:30 left in the third period. The Penguins got a break when the Flyers’ Erik...

Is Game 7 a defining moment for Ovechkin?

The debate of “Who’s better: Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin?” is a thing of the past – or at least it’s been put on hold for the moment.  But the biggest knock on Ovechkin has always been his inability to win the big game compared to Crosby’s ability to do the opposite.  And it’s safe to say Ovechkin is staring at a big game tonight.The Washington Capitals had a chance...

Flyers' rookies up to the challenge

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Is Tonight Ovechkin’s Time?

from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington, Surrounded by cameras and microphones in a crowded visiting locker room, Ovechkin was asked if he believes tonight’s Game 7 is a stage for him to exhibit his greatness. “Of course, you want to play hard and play well,” he said. “But the most important thing is to win. It can be the last game for both teams and I hope it’s going to...
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