The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up another NHL Playoff win against the Philadelphia Flyers to bring the series to 3-2 and have all the momentum going for them right now. The Flyers were up on the Penguins 3-0 at one point and looked as if they were going to sweep the series after pounding the Pens 8-4, but Ben Rothenberg at Broad Street Hockey warns to forget about that right now.
It no longer matters that it was once 3-0 in this series. Now it's just 3-2, like all the other East series will be after they play their Game 5s. If the Flyers play with the urgency they showed in the third, that same urgency that was nowhere to be found in the second, they should be fine. This team still has the lead, and the Penguins still can't afford to lose Game 6 while the Flyers can. You'd rather be the Flyers than the Penguins at this point. Keep telling yourself that.
Game 5 wound up being worlds different than the first four games of the series, as there were only five total goals scored. Previously, the two teams' goalies had been acting as sieves, but Pens goaltender Marc-Andrew Fleury finally redeemed himself and had a heck of a game according to the folks at Pensburgh.
At best he was terrible and being called some pretty awful things. At worst, well, it was even less pretty than that. There's no doubt the early portion of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers series was a challenge for Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pens defense conceded a lot of open ice to slick, fast and skilled forwards of the Flyers. Those Flyers made no mistakes with accurate, usually cross-ice passes to pull Fleury out of position and then deposit it by him.
Fast forward to game 5, and it was more of the same. The Pens battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 holes to take a 3-2 lead on the visiting Flyers. Fleury, who only saw 12 shots up to the middle of the 3rd period was then called upon. And he answered, stopping 14 shots in a Philly barrage.
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