Flyers Vs. Penguins, Game 6: Philly Clinches With 5-1 Win

After giving the Penguins hope the last two games, the Flyers finally closed the door on the series with a dominating win Sunday. | SI.com: Box Score

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Penguins Vs. Flyers, Game 6: Claude Giroux Sets Tone As Difference-Maker

Claude Giroux took the Philadelphia Flyers on his back Sunday, leading them to a series victory over their hated cross-state rivals.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Philly Eliminates Pittsburgh With 5-1 Win

It seemed over from Claude Giroux's massive opening shift, when the Philadelphia Flyers stormed out to a 1-0 lead and showed they'd be setting the physical tone in Game 6. From that point on, it almost seemed as though the final 59 minutes of hockey were a formality as the Flyers cruised to victory, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 and advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Pittsburgh entered the third period down 4-1, and when they put the puck behind Ilya Bryzgalov during a power play near the midpoint of the period, it seemed as though there was hope for the Pens. But upon review, the officials decided that Bryzgalov was pushed into his net and the goal was disallowed.

That seemed like the final nail in Pittsburgh's coffin, and from there, the Flyers used solid defense to dispatch their cross-state rivals. It was the complete opposite of much of the series, where the teams combined for more goals than we've ever seen in a Stanley Cup Playoff series. Philadelphia killed off four of five Pittsburgh power play attempts and, in total, the 40 blocked shots and the 30 saves from Bryzgalov were the difference in the game.

The Flyers are the first Eastern Conference team to advance to the semifinals. Their second-round opponent is still to be determined.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Philly Settles In With 3-Goal Lead After 2 Periods

It seemed as though the Pittsburgh Penguins were ready to hop back into the hockey game. With the Penguins on a power play about midway through the period, Marc-Andre Fleury made a big save on a shorthanded breakaway by Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier. On the return trip back up the ice, Evgeni Malkin put the puck in the back of the net to trim Philly's 3-0 lead down to 3-1, but just moments later, it would all be for naught.

34 seconds after Malkin's goal, Danny Briere squeaked a puck just past Fleury to give his team the three-goal lead once again. It was originally called no-goal on the ice, but after review, the officials got the call right. The puck had crossed the goal line.

From that point on, the Flyers really settled in and controlled the remainder of the period. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was calm and Pittsburgh didn't put much too much pressure on the Flyers goal. Philadelphia seemed content just to play strong defense, something that's been atypical in this series so far.

Pittsburgh has one period left in their season if they can't find a way to crack the Flyers in the final 20 minutes of the game. They're capable of scoring three goals in a period, but it's going to have to come early.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Claude Giroux Sets Tone As Philly Grabs 2-0 Lead

The Philadelphia Flyers look like they want to end this first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday and they're being led by Claude Giroux. Philly's top forward had an unreal opening shift in which he decked Sidney Crosby to the ice before skating in on goal and giving his team a 1-0 lead.

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It was the first shot of the game and it had to do a ton for the Philadelphia psyche -- both on the ice and in the stands -- as the Flyers had not cracked Marc-Andre Fleury at even strength since Game 3. Philly's power play has carried the team's offense throughout the first round, and when Scott Hartnell gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead with a power play goal at the 13:01 mark of the period, it set a Flyers franchise record for power play goals with 12 overall.

The period was mostly defined by defense as through the first 10 minutes or so, Pittsburgh had controlled zone time and had created sustained pressure in the Philadelphia end of the ice. But a calm game from goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and solid defensive positioning by the Flyers have been the difference, and the Penguins have not been able to put together many quality chances.

For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, stick with SB Nation's NHL hub. For more on the Flyers, visit Broad Street Hockey and SB Nation Philadelphia. For more on the Penguins, head to Pensburgh and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Flyers Vs. Penguins Game 6: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Flyers had the Penguins dead to rights after three games. Can Pittsburgh continue its unlikely comeback?

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