For the first time in this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, the first period of play between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins was calm. It resembled hockey, not the goal-fest we've come to expect from these two. All the goal scoring was special teams-based, and the Flyers got the upper hand in that department in the first period. As a result, they lead 2-1.
Scott Hartnell broke a tie late in the period when he gathered a puck all alone to the glove-hand side of Marc-Andre Fleury. He had plenty of time to compose the puck and lift it to the top shelf over Fleury.
The defense is much stronger on both sides, and the goaltenders actually seem like competent NHL players.
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