Flyers Vs. Penguins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Teams Trade Goals In Second, Philly Still Leads

All right, fine. You're going to have to wait until after this Game 3 between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins to catch your breath. The 20-minute intermission is not enough time to relax.

It wasn't nearly as physical in the second period as the teams began to settle in and play a bit of hockey, and that probably makes sense: The Flyers are concerned with protecting their lead and the Penguins are concerned with trying to avoid a 3-0 series deficit. Both teams kinda sorta reached their goals.

Pittsburgh was able to cut the Philadelphia lead to just a goal on two separate occasions. James Neal scored a power play goal at 10:31 to make it 4-3 Philly, but Matt Read answered moments later to open up the lead once more. Jordan Staal scored to make it 5-4, and then in the final minute of the second period, Wayne Simmonds scored on the power play to give the Flyers the 6-4 lead heading into the third period.

There's one constant in this game and this series: Goaltending and defense are non-existant. That's the only thing we can count on. Luckily for the Penguins, that means a two-goal hill is not insurmountable in the third period.

For more on the Pens, check out Penguins blog PensBurgh and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the Flyers, head over to Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey and SB Nation Philly.

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