Flyers 5, Penguins 1: Bouncing back in Game 2

Updated: April 13, 2018 at 10:17 pm by John Gove

Wednesday night was a complete and utter embarrassment for Philadelphia Flyers, falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One 7-0. However, all would be forgiven if the orange and black could find a way to capture a victory in Game Two and bring the series to one game apiece before heading back to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.

First Period

As the first period reached its halfway point, the Penguins were once again the team in control, clearly getting the best opportunities and providing the most pressure. However, the Flyers team that took the ice in Game Two had a different feel than the staleness they brought with them in Game One. They demonstrated a hunger for revenge and showed physicality that was hardly present on Wednesday.

The period would move along with Philadelphia holding their own, preventing Pittsburgh from finding the back of the net. After a questionable penalty by the Penguins, the Flyers would go on the power play late in the first, and they would take advantage. Shayne Gostisbehere found the back of the net with 38 seconds to in the opening period, to give Philadelphia their first goal of the series and a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room.

Were the Flyers the best team for the entirety of period number one? Not really. There were indeed times where they appeared to be outmatched. However, none of that matted with Philadelphia getting ahead where it matters most.

Period Two

Scoring one goal in the first twenty minutes was a good start for the Flyers, but everyone knew that there was no way that that would cut it against their in-state rivals. With this in mind, Philadelphia came out of the gate hot in the second, increasing their lead to two less than a minute into the middle period.

Sean Couturier took a shot that bounced off a few players and wound up in the back of the net. Ivan Provorov and Michael Raffl were awarded the assists.

No other goals were scored in period two, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead heading into the third and final period of play. The Penguins had their opportunities to get on the board, but they were facing an entirely different Brian Elliott than they saw in Game One. Through 40 minutes, he stopped all 23 shots he faced.

Period Three

Once again, the Flyers extended their lead early in a period. This time Travis Konecny scored his first playoff goal to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead just 1:29 into the third. Wayne Simmonds and Provorov received assists on the goal.

Nolan Patrick did not Konecny to be the only Flyer to record his first ever postseason goal Friday night. So, he made sure to get into the action and increase the Flyers lead to 4-0. Philadelphia had finally reached a comfortable lead against a team that manhandled them two nights ago.

Although the lead was a comfortable one, the Penguins would not go away quietly. Patrick Hornqvist cut the lead to three with a tally just 17 seconds after Patrick’s. Yes, the Flyers were still up by three, but that would not stop the heartbeats of the Philadelphia faithful from beating a little faster.

The Flyers kept fighting, preventing Pittsburgh from pulling off a miraculous comeback. When the final horn sounded, Philadelphia was able to walk out of PPG Paints Arena a new hockey team, tying up the series at one.

Final Thoughts

Well after a game that had every Philadelphia Flyers fan hiding in a hole on Wednesday night, the orange and black came out and did exactly what they needed to do in Game Two. Leaving Pittsburgh down two games to nothing would have been the nail in the coffin for the Flyers, but they refused to let that happen. They stuck with the Penguins until they were able to take control and for Pittsburgh out of their game.

Now the series is just how it started; all even. The Flyers have proven they can play with the team that had their number all season long. Game Three will be in Philadelphia where the Flyers will look to get ahead in the series.

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