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NHL on NBC: Flyers try to take a 3-0 series lead over Penguins

Apr 15, 2012, 2:27 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers moves the puck in front of Brooks Orpik #44 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

There were plenty of reasons to be pumped about the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series going into the playoffs. Both teams feature star-studded casts that feature interesting individual stories and, most importantly, they’re heated rivals.

So far, this series hasn’t disappointed.

Game 1 featured an impressive — and controversial — comeback by the Philadelphia Flyers while Game 2 was a wild, exciting, and ultimately historic affair. Both teams have had their moments, but the end result is the Flyers have a 2-0 lead as the series heads to Game 3 in Philadelphia.

In other words, Philly couldn’t be in a better position.

The Flyers have previously taken a 2-0 series lead in 17 series in their 44-year history. They won all 17 times. The Penguins are aware of that mark and have put themselves in a position where they ‘re forced to make history.

“We’ve got to be a lot better, and that’s all that we can control from this point,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “The mistakes that we’ve made have ended up in our net. It’s not like mistakes have gone by without any consequence.”

The Penguins have been a great first period team in this series, but need start finishing strong.

On the flipside, the Flyers have to find a way to come out stronger.

“We have to find a way to start games better,” Philadelphia’s Max Talbot said after Friday’s win. “But once again, we showed a lot of character – it was a big win for us.”

Game 3 Notes:

Claude Giroux is the first player to get six points in a game since Mario Lemieux on April 23, 1992.

— On Friday, Sean Couturier became the third rookie in Flyers’ history to get a hat trick in a playoff game.

— Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead in Game 1 and Game 2. They had a commanding lead after one period in both contests.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    I can’t see the Pens coming into Philly’s building and getting a win. No way.

    • bobhpine - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      You can’t see anything since you died in that bathtub and yourself buried in Paris.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      as a Wild fan I do not really care who wins, but I am far from a Pens fan. That said, I think Philly fans are getting a bit ahead of themselves here. You guys have had two IMPRESSIVE wins in Pitts but if the Pens can win today, it’s a whole new ballgame.

      I see this to be a much tighter game. 2-1 Philly but a close hard fought win till the end.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        I’m no Flyers fan, far from it. I just think the fans are gong to be crazy and the Flyers will feed off that in this one. Then if they’re up 3-0 I can see them finishing the sweep, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pens won that one to send it back to Pittsburgh. But they I don’t see them winning this one.

  2. aklolzer - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    No way, flyers are a much better road team than home team. I’m a flyers fan but let’s be realistic, I believe pens win game 3 and 4. Hope not tho

  3. pkswally024 - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Let’s not be too pessimistic here….^ I think they come out pumped to a roaring home crowd. Winning one and losing the second. Philly in 5. LET’S GO FLYERS

  4. buffalomafia - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    Start checking Cynthia Crosby more!

  5. jucam1 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    The Flyers will lose this game because the league can’t let the Whiner Kid King Cindy lose 3 in a row…. I am hoping that we are allowed to play even just a semi-normal game one of these 2 games at home, i mean it’s already been so one-sided towards the Pens i bet league is shocked the Flyers are up 2-0!….if we can win one at home with the league against us and all the olympic style diving that the Pens do then this series is over…. Knock Knock!….

  6. phillyphever - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    I see a split at home (most likely today since the Flyers play horrible on day games), and I’ll still say Flyers in 6.

  7. psujay - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    I love the Flyers fans declaring it “over.” Last I checked, the Flyers came back from 3 down two years ago. Also, the Pens were down 2-0 to Detroit in the Cup Final and came back to win it. Heck, the Flyers were down 2-0 to the Blackhawks and tied up the series in the final!

    Also, the ’75 Flyers AND ’75 Pens were up 3-0 on the Islanders, the Pens lost game 7 to the Isles, the Flyers won the 7th game against them. Lots of hockey left to be played.

    • joebuckiscreepy - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      I love pusjay declaring that flyers fans are declaring it “over.” I see several predictions. No declarations, though. We, of all people, know that it’s not over until it’s over.

  8. cba77 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    The first goalie that makes 5 saves in a row should win this game…..these 2 goalies ain’t taking either team very far

  9. dawglb - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    A split in Philly would be HUGE (obviously a Philly sweep,better). I am concerned about the home day game, which have not been good to the Flyers. They need to be more physical with Malkin And Crosby, frustrate them into retaliation …landing them in the box. With a split (3-1 Flyers lead), Philly wins this series.

  10. dawglb - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    CBA77 makes a good point regarding saves. Once Bryz gets into a groove he’s good. Marc-Andre is too good when in a groove.

  11. philly4lyfe - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    We’ve been better at home down the stretch. I like our chances for the sweep.

  12. tcclark - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    let’s just take it one game at a time. we are still playing the Pens. i want to talk about next round too, but i’d rather just focus on winning today

  13. renberg19 - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    I love how Pittsburgh fans are all over the message boards before the games, but are no where to be seen when the they lose. Bunch of cockroaches.

    • baxterbix - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      That’s every Pens fan I’ve ever met.. Not even sure they existed between ’93 and ’05

  14. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Penguins are done

  15. 700levelvet - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    In an effort to appease all viewers, NBC has decided to split screen this game, on one side you will have the Pens, as they compete for their place on the US Olympic diving team, on the other side, you wil have the Flyers…….Playing Hockey….

  16. wicky888 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Flyers stink in afternoon games, so winning today would be HUGE. Also have to watch the over-excitement factor, that building is gonna be ROCKIN today. (I’ll never forget 2009 game 5 going up 3-0 on Pitt at home only to blow the lead and lose the series, worst game I ever went to) LETS GO FLY-ERS!

  17. mclovinhockey - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Anyone know when the last time the flyers lost on April 15th? I know it has not been for a while. They are great on the 15th and 17th but suck on the 16th.

  18. blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Hopefully Cinderella & company are “dealt with” there in Philly ! … GO KINGS GO ! :)

  19. cleverbob - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Crosby is a punk. Asham is a thug. Pittsburgh should feel embarrassed.

  20. tcclark - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Man, Crosby’s just embarrassing himself with his behavior…. and he wonders where the comments come from

  21. kgun80 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Asham cross-checking people in the neck Crosby acting like a punk. Pittsburgh players giving cheap shots trying to intentionally hurt players … This us where you blame The Commish he enabled these punks now a national audience is watching this crap.. I’m a Sabres fan and I love watching the Flyers thrash these jerks everyone outside of Pitt hates these punks. Get a hint Gary.. Giroux is the real superstar in this series not Sid The Baby

  22. tcclark - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    oh and can we mention that both of the Voracek penalties were bs. the “high stick” was clearly a dive. He didn’t even touch his face. And the “roughing” call was him just holding Sullivan back. Why has he been in the box?

  23. jucam1 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    SydGina is a little b*tch, what a sad display of sportsmanship…. Glad the whole country is watching this sad weak punk for who he really is…. I hope the Flyers blow them out…

    • pens5829 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      The country loves Sid. And the country now knows your a loser.

      • tcclark - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        no one outside of Pittsburgh and the league office can stand him

  24. pens5829 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Nice acting job by Schenn!

    • andyb02 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Seriously? One of the dirtiest plays so far in this playoffs. A cross check to the throat then a punch to the back of the head after the guy goes down on the ice. And it was all because Schenn put a clean hit on Martin. Penguins know they’re not winning this series so they resort to trying to hurt our players.

    • snutchpro - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      you are one delusional pens fan. asham was dirty playing for philly, dirty in pittsburgh too. that said, that cross check was way over the line.

  25. pens5829 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Like Schenn didn’t leave his feet on his check? Right? Guessing Lovie and Berboobie wine and cry like little school girls again. You’ve now become the City of Whining.

  26. jucam1 - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Neal is a thug and a coward…. Syd swinging behind the refs…. Classy, very Classy you pathetic little coward….. Now the world has seen what a bunch of bi**es that whole team is…. Classless!!!!

  27. tangfan - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    sure and rinaldo, hartnell and schenn are class acts

  28. nyrangersfan - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Hey Flyers fans don’t get too excited because if Flyers move on they meet the Rangers and we all know how the Flyers play against the Rangers.

    • snutchpro - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      last i checked that series was tied and going to Ottawa.

  29. nyrangersfan - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Hey Tangfan, why is it that you’re a Latang fan? Do you like his shiny straight long hair and the way it blows through his helmet as he skates along the ice?

  30. tangfan - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    no, I’m a tangfan because of his skill and his superior ability unlike the cement shoe ranger d-men

    • somekat - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      I assume you mean offenive ability. Because he is a disaster on the defensive end. But he does hold the distinction of most overrated defenseman in the league. He has been getting exposed all series long

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