Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Another Bad Landing Four-Goal, Third-Period Surge Gives Flyers 2- Game Lead on Penguins

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Another Bad Landing Four-Goal, Third-Period Surge Gives Flyers 2- Game Lead on Penguins

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There are parts of this that simply don't make sense.

Score five goals in a playoff game -- at home, no less -- and you probably should win.

The Penguins couldn't.

Limit the other team to playing with a lead during regulation time just once in the first two games of a series, and you probably shouldn't be in a 2-0 hole.

The Penguins are.

Of course, logic gets skewed a bit when you give up hat tricks to two opponents in the same game, as the Penguins did in their 8-5 loss against Philadelphia in Game 2 of the opening round at Consol Energy Center Friday night.

Philadelphia center Claude Giroux scored three goals -- one of them short-handed -- and set up three others, while rookie Sean Couturier got three goals and an assist.

The Flyers also got goals from a couple of Penguins alums, Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr, and have taken a 2-0 edge in the series, which will resume with Game 3 at 3:08 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Game 4 will be played there Wednesday night.

"We have to be a little desperate here," Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis said. "But we're pretty confident in ourselves. Hopefully, we'll come back with a 2-2 tied series."

Conversely, if the Flyers win Games 3 and 4, the one Friday night will be the last of the season at Consol Energy Center.

While the Penguins clearly are in a perilous spot, there are precedents for teams winning a best-of-seven after dropping the first two games on home ice. The list even includes one featuring these two franchises.

In 2000, the Flyers lost the first two games of a second-round meeting with the Penguins, then ran off four consecutive victories to advance to the conference final.

Both goalies, Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins and Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov, produced some exceptional stops. They just didn't make enough of them as the Flyers beat Fleury seven times on 30 shots and the Penguins put five of 28 past Bryzgalov.

Trading goals with the Flyers hadn't been part of the game plan, but this one took on a last-shot-wins feel almost from the time Sidney Crosby staked the Penguins to a 1-0 lead by scoring off a Steve Sullivan feed 15 seconds into the game. …

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