The Philadelphia Flyers took to the ice for Game Three of their playoff matchup against their rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The two teams were knotted at one game apiece, so you would expect some close competition, correct? Wrong, the Penguins jumped all over the Flyers offensively. Without the back-breaking work of goaltender, Brian Elliot, the score could have been much worse. Despite surrendering five goals, he stopped 37 shots.
Elliot’s play could have easily been the story of the night for them. If you want a positive story, it would be without question. But something bigger was going on throughout the contest and that was their inability to stay away from the penalty box. The Flyers took a total of seven penalties altogether, with Jakub Voracek finding himself sitting twice. They also found themselves down a man throughout the majority of the third period. Team Captain, Claude Giroux spoke on the troubles after the game.
With the penalty troubles, however, the Penguins only buried three power-play goals throughout the game. Though this kind of luck is not forever. If the Flyers do not clean up their act on the ice, the Penguins will eventually finish their chances. The Penguins have a very dangerous power play weapon in the form of Phil Kessel who is just waiting to breakout. The Flyers will have to clean themselves up and be more cautious with their sticks if they want to keep Kessel from breaking out. Watching that third period put many of Flyers fans on the edge. Credit to Elliot, the Pens only scored once in the third.
Game Four is on Wednesday and will be played in The City of Brotherly Love. Puck drop will be at 7 pm. EST. If the Flyers fail at home again, they will head back to Pittsburgh with the Penguins up 3-1.
Who will show up to produce and will they be able to stay away from the box?
One thing is for certain, if they fail in Game Four, we best just prepare for next season.
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