Flyers Had Their Chances in Game 3
The Pittsburgh Penguins scored five or more goals against the Flyers the first five times they played this season, including the playoffs. That streak ended on Friday night when the Flyers beat the Penguins 5-1 in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series.
A new streak started on Sunday afternoon when the Penguins put up another five spot on the Flyers, to take a 2-1 series advantage, with a 5-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center.
But the Flyers sure had their chances, out-shooting the Penguins 11-4 in the first period, but they came away empty handed, giving you the feeling that they were in trouble - you just knew it was only a matter of time before the Penguins got going.
Following the loss, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said he liked the way that his team came out and preformed early in the game.
"We had a lot of guys play really well in the first period, Hakstol said. "From there, I thought we did things that aren't going to give you success against that team."
The Flyers out-shot the Pens 27-26, but Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray seemed to settle in after giving up five goals on Friday night. One of his bigger moments of the day came early in the first period when he made a key save early on a Nolan Patrick breakaway opportunity, the biggest of his 26 saves of the afternoon.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux also felt the team had significant scoring chances early in the game, and referenced the penalties as a turning point.
"First period we had a lot of chances to get the lead, but their goalie made some big saves for them," Giroux said. "Then we had penalty trouble and it cost us."
Jake Voracek added that it was a bit deflating that the Flyers had so many chances early in the game, but couldn't come away with any goals.
"Its gonna happen like that sometimes," Voracek explained. "Especially against that team, they don't need many opportunities to score."