The Flyers tied the series up with a big 5-1 win in Game 2 after a horrendous effort in Game 1.
Dave Hakstol decided to keep all the lines and defense pairs from the first two games intact for Game 3 in Philadelphia.
Brian Elliott played a great game Friday and he’s the guy for the Flyers, so there’s no surprise he got the start in goal. The Wells Fargo Center was rocking before puck drop.
Flyers came out with alot of energy and they took command right from the get go, creating scoring chance after scoring chance. Matt Murray stopped everything the Flyers threw at him, including a breakaway chance by Nolan Patrick where he just flew past everyone in the neutral zone before going backhand forehand but Murray stood tall.
Nolan Patrick with some wheels, he nearly scored but Matt Murray was there to make the save. pic.twitter.com/MSKq6w8UlV
— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) April 15, 2018
Flyers continued to create scoring chance after scoring chance but they didnt manage to solve Matt Murray in the Penguins goal. Instead the Penguins would score the first goal of the game when Sidney Crosby scored on the wraparound.
Sidney Crosby opens the scoring with his fourth goal of the series pic.twitter.com/5VWO0jb6jm
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 15, 2018
After dominating the first period the Flyers came out in the second the complete opposite. They struggled to complete simple passes and their puck management in general was subpar. The Penguins are such a good team that they will take advantage of their opponentents smallest mistakes and in a matter of no time the score was now 4-0 Penguins. The arena went silent and the Flyers continued their struggle to create basically anything.
With just a few minutes left of the second period they finally got some life when Travis Sanheim wrister went through everyone and found the back of the net
Travis Sanheim's first career playoff goal! pic.twitter.com/uCGmvgI7Ce
— Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) April 15, 2018
The Flyers will need to find the next gear in the third if they want to get a series lead.
Flyers were very undisciplined in Game 1 and it cost them and today they were even more undisciplined, taking penalty after penalty. The Penguins took advantage and scored their 5th goal of the game when Voracek was in the box for a high stick. Justin Schultz scored on a slapshot.
Flyers created pretty much nothing in the third, it almost looked like they had given up and just wanted the game to be over. Flyers effort through the last 40 minutes of the game was pathetic and unacceptable to say the least. They better bring their A-game on Wednesday or the Penguins will have the chance to win the series when they return back home for Game 5.
Game 4 is on Wednesday at 7:00PM ET