By:Kyle Frey @Phillyfan_KFrey
Just like in game 1 the Flyers were going to need to comeback and win, and boy did they ever. In a wild showdown in Pittsburgh the Pens jumped out, like they did in game 1, to a 2-0 lead. Unlike game 1 though, the Flyers were able to score in the first as Max Talbot netted one against his former team shorthanded. The Pens though scored with just 17 seconds left in the first as Paul Martin ripped one by Bryzgalov. After that, the Giroux and Couturier show was on. The big moment of the first though really came when Bryzgalov made one of the most incredible saves we'll probably see this year as he robbed Kris Letang with the glove that kept it 2-0.
Giroux made it a one goal game with a sick wrister by Fleury and then 11 minutes into the 2nd, Ginger Roo tied it with another wrister. On the next faceoff though, the Pens came roaring back, Chris Kunitz scored his second of the night just 6 seconds after Giroux's goal and the Pens were back on top.
Late in the 2nd though with time winding down, Braydon Coburn let a shot go and the 19 year old rookie Sean Couturier picked up his first Stanley Cup Playoffs goal. Just 1:04 into the 3rd period though, Tyler Kennedy put the Pens back on top with a backhander that eluded Bryzgalov. Down again, the cardiac kids struck again as Coots put one by MAF to tie the game once again and the Pens wouldn't lead for the rest of the night. Jaromir Jagr, against his former team, put the Flyers in front for good with a wrister. As for Coots and Roo, those two would each get a hat trick and the first time that two Flyers both got hat tricks in the same game in the playoffs. It was also a 6 point night for Giroux after having none in game 1.
This team.....I've given up trying to analyze these guys and try and predict what's gonna happen with them, because at this point, nobody knows, right? What I think all of us Flyers faithful know, is that this team is special, the amount of heart on this team is just incredible. No matter what the odds are against them, they don't care about any of that. The play of the rookies has just been incredible, Reader, Coots, Schenner, Wellwood, ect. They play like they've been in the league for years now.
Maybe the most impressive player from last nights game, who else? Sean Couturier. The 19 year old toothless wonder pulled off his best game of the year, in Pittsburgh, and in the playoffs. Now Coots has been paired against the Malkin line of the Pens for a while now, but last night, simply enough, Coots made Malkin his bitch. Outworking the probable MVP along the boards showing off how good this kid can be. I've been saying this a lot lately, but when Coots gets bigger, he has the potential to be one of, if not the best in the game later on.
Game 3 is tomorrow, in South Philly as the Flyers return home in front of what should be a rabid crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. There's also the return of one of the great traditions in Flyers playoff hockey, God Bless America performed by Lauren Hart and the recording of Kate Smith. I still get goosebumps every time hearing it before the games, should be a good one as the Flyers look to go up 3-0.
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