Skip to content

Top 2012: Flyers, Penguins put on series for the ages

Dec 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

Crosby and Giroux Getty Images

It was the series nobody wanted to end.

In a postseason where top seeds fizzled out early and just four series went the distance, the Flyers and Penguins put on an unforgettable first-round performance featuring more subplots than General Hospital.

The numbers alone tell a story — six games, 56 goals, 309 penalty minutes — yet they don’t even begin to explain what transpired.

A refresher:

Game 1: Philly erased a 3-0 deficit (in Pittsburgh!) to win in overtime. That, combined with the Flyers’ regular season success at CONSOL Energy Center, prompted Philadelphia owner Ed Snider to remark that his team was in Pittsburgh’s head.

Game 2: 19-year-old Sean Couturier scored a hat trick (youngest playoff hatty since Ted Kennedy in 1945) and the Flyers erased deficits of 2-0, 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4 to take a two-game series lead.

Oh yeah, the two teams combined for 13 goals.

Game 3: Frustrations boiled over as the two sides amassed 158 penalty minutes, 38 penalties, four ejections, four 10-minute misconducts and three fights (one of which was Claude Giroux vs. Sidney Crosby.)

Arron Asham, James Neal and Craig Adams were suspended for their actions and Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma drew a $10,000 fine.

Oh yeah, the two teams combined for 12 goals.

Game 4: Down 3-0 in in the series and shorthanded due to suspensions, Pittsburgh annihilated Philly 10-3 (13 goals total, for you mathletes.)

Jordan Staal scored a hat trick and 14 of Pittsburgh’s 19 skaters recorded at least a point as the Penguins scored 10 goals in a game for the first time since 1989.

“This is like the weirdest series I have ever seen,” Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said after the game.

(Fun fact: Pittsburgh and Philly scored 45 times through Games 1-4, an NHL record for the most goals in the opening four games of a seven-game series.)

Game 5: Finally, some goaltending! Marc Andre Fleury, who’d been ventilated for 20 goals on 105 shots in the first four games, stopped 24 of 26 in a huge win, putting the Penguins right back in the series.

Game 6: This happened.

Then, seconds later, this happened:

That sequence of events pushed Giroux into superstar status (assuming he wasn’t already there) and into direct competition with Crosby.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette called Giroux “the best player in the world” while Orpik admitted he was “the best player on the ice.”

So, having re-lived all that…how much are you missing hockey right now? Sorry. Happy holidays tho!

Related

Philadelphia Daily News captured Giroux’s hit on Crosby rather well

Giroux on surgically repaired wrists: “Those are from Crosby”

Crosby doesn’t recall injuring Giroux’s wrists…but if he did, he’s not sorry about it

Laviolette on Crosby-Giroux fight: “I loved it”

Latest Posts
  1. Leafs lose Panik to upper-body injury

    Dec 28, 2014, 7:05 PM EST

    richardp Getty Images

    There are some concussion concerns.

  2. All Varlamov: Avalanche send Pickard to AHL

    Dec 28, 2014, 6:25 PM EST

    Calvin Pickard AP

    Reto Berra might not see much action going forward.

  3. Report: Blues’ Elliott medically cleared to play

    Dec 28, 2014, 5:30 PM EST

    Brian Elliott Brian Elliott

    Has been out of St. Louis’ lineup since Nov. 25.

  4. Carter Ashton returns to Leafs’ lineup

    Dec 28, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    carterashtongetty Getty Images

    Playing for the first time since Nov. 4

  5. Report: Blackhawks’ Richards to return Monday

    Dec 28, 2014, 4:15 PM EST

    Winnipeg Jets v Chicago Blackhawks Getty Images

    Has missed three games with an upper body injury.

  6. Letang, Hornqvist miss Pens’ practice

    Dec 28, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Toronto Maple Leafs v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    The forward will miss a few weeks with a lower body injury.

  7. Leafs place Komarov on IR (Updated)

    Dec 28, 2014, 2:45 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs Getty Images

    Recalled goaltender Christopher Gibson from AHL.

  8. Islanders activate Halak from IR

    Dec 28, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders Getty Images

    Kevin Poulin returned to Bridgeport.

  9. Predators place Derek Roy on waivers

    Dec 28, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    Derek Roy Derek Roy

    Boston’s Matt Fraser also on the waiver wire.

  10. Steve Ott offers advice for Stars’ Ryan Garbutt

    Dec 28, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

    ryangarbuttgetty Getty Images

    The Dallas forward has been suspended three times in two seasons.

  11. Canucks recall defenseman Sanguinetti from Utica

    Dec 28, 2014, 9:45 AM EST

    Arizona Coyotes v Vancouver Canucks Arizona Coyotes v Vancouver Canucks

    Expected to serve as an extra defenseman as the Canucks visit the Ducks.

  12. Video: Red-hot power play key to Kings’ recent success

    Dec 28, 2014, 1:59 AM EST

    Darryl Sutter AP

    Darryl Sutter must like what he sees with the advantage.

  13. Lucic: Players have to step up for struggling Bruins

    Dec 27, 2014, 11:47 PM EST

    Milan Lucic Michel Cormier AP

    Some controversy in this game, too.

Featured video

Holiday wish lists for NHL teams
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. B. Bishop (2710)
  2. C. Perry (2701)
  3. B. Elliott (2134)
  4. S. Weiss (1956)
  5. S. Crosby (1748)
  1. J. Halak (1709)
  2. S. Varlamov (1697)
  3. J. Schwartz (1697)
  4. N. Kronwall (1627)
  5. J. Howard (1608)