Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 4/22/12

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. Under normal circumstances in this series that would have been the kiss of death. This time, however, the Flyers were able to build on the lead.

At 13:01, Scott Hartnell poked a puck past a sprawling Marc-Andre Fluery, as the Flyers scored their 12th power play goal of the series for a 2-0 lead. 5 minutes into the second period, rookie Erik Gustafsson skated over the blue line and unleashed a slap shot that ticked off a Puttsburgh defender and into the net. In a series of shocking moments, that may have been one of the most shocking.

The NHL’s leading scorer Evgeni Malkin cut the lead to 3-1 8:34 in to the second, and the Penguins appeared ready to seize the momentum from the Flyers. But :34 seconds later, Mr. Playoffs himself, Danny Briere slid a shot under Fleury and just over the goal line. There was no signal on the ice, but after a brief review, the goal was called good, and opportunity had once again slipped through the clutching hands of the Pens.

That would close the significant scoring. Brayden Schenn buried an empty netter to ice the victory after a Pittsburgh goal was disallowed because Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was pushed over the goal line.

Claude Giroux set a Flyers playoff record by scoring 14 points in the series, 2 better than teammate Danny Briere did in 2010 and Bill Barber did In 1980. Giroux certainly continued his assertion that he is one of the best players in the NHL in this series, and it’s hard to imagine him not stepping I to a jersey that has a “C” on the chest sometime soon.

Ilya Bryzgalov, a focal point in games 4 & 5, was solid. Bryzgalov stepped up and made saves when he needed to, but wasn’t tested all that often in the game. Regardless, it was the single best performance of any goalie in this series that saw 56 goals scored in 6 games.

For the Flyers, it becomes a waiting game now. The Washington Capitals lead the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins 3-2. The upstart Florida Panthers, making their first playoff appearance since 1999, lead the New Jersey Devils 3-2. The Ottawa Senators lead the first seed New York Rangers 3-2. Who the Flyers will play next remains a mystery. The answers will be revealed in the next few days.

For now, the Flyers will go home, rest and savor a hard fought series win against a team that hoisted the Stanley Cup a couple of seasons ago.Similar Posts:

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