April 27, 1989 -- In Game 6, Tim Kerr, (10-4-14 through six games) who picked up his 14th point in this series, and strong checker Derrick Smith each scored twice and Ron Hextall made 20 saves in Philly's 6-2 home win. Mark Howe (0-3-3, +4), Kjell Samuelsson (0-2-2, +4), Scott Mellanby (0-2-2) and Mike Bullard (0-2-2) had multi-assist nights. Kerr, however, was slashed by Jim Johnson and rendered ineffective for the remainder of the playoffs due to a broken thumb/hand which had to be numbed/frozen prior to games. Hextall suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament when his right knee made contact with a post and missed Game 7. Late in the game, John Cullen was ejected for high-sticking Pelle Eklund near the mouth.
Two Flyers returned from injuries for this game: Ilkka Sinisalo, out for three months with a broken arm (played in 13 regular season games and missed the first 11 post-season contests) and Rick Tocchet from a hyperextended right knee suffered in Game 3. Kerr scored the only two goals in the first period. Randy Cunneyworth scored twice for Pittsburgh in the opening 5:24 of the second period, sandwiching a Smith goal, and the Flyers had a 3-2 lead at that stage. Ron Sutter added a key goal to make it 4-2 then Smith scored in the closing minute of the second period to make it 5-2. Philly held a 38-22 shots advantage including 13-3 in the third period. The Flyers went 1-for-9 on the PP. Mario Lemieux was scoreless, limited to two shots, a minus-3 and frustrated by the Flyers' checking line of Smith-Dave Poulin-Scott Mellanby. Flyers' head coach Paul Holmgren said "You know what you get from Derrick Smith. He's a tremendous forechecker and a hard worker and it's nice to see his work get rewarded." Poulin said of Smith "(His) goals don't generally reach the back of the net" to which Smith replied "Ninety percent of my goals don't hit the back of the net; they just make it over the line."
FLYERS-PENGUINS' 2011-12 SERIES:
2011 -- December 8 -- The Flyers ended the night on top of the Eastern Conference after a 3-2 home win. Danny Briere, who was struggling with the flu, scored in the first period on a goal deflected off two Penguins. Later in the opening period, the Penguins failed to score during a 5-on-3 for 1:10 while two Flyers' defenders played without sticks for part of the play. Wayne Simmonds (1-1-2) and Scott Hartnell added second period goals which gave Philly a 3-0 lead. James Neal and Evgeni Malkin (1-1-2) scored for the Penguins. Andrei Meszaros had a game-high 7 hits and was a +2. Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves. The Flyers had a 29-27 shots despite Pittsburgh's 14-7 advantage in the third period. Harry Zolniercyk and Tyler Kennedy fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqLFGYOYl4o ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0P0mJD8oNA
2011 -- December 29 -- Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot, two ex-Penguins, scored in the Flyers' 4-2 win at Pittsburgh. Jagr scored the go-ahead goal and Talbot had an ENG. Kimmo Timonen tied the game with his first goal of the season and Matt Read snapped a 9-game drought to make it 3-1. Sergei Bobrovsky, who improved to 4-0 at the Consol Energy Center, made 24 saves and his only allowed goal came 44 seconds into the game. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mADsQXuRywA .
2012 -- February 18 -- Matt Cooke (2-1-3) scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves in the Penguins' 6-4 win at Philly. Cooke and Jordan Staal (1-1-2) scored SHGs 1:43 apart to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead. Cooke's goal came during a 2-man advantage which led to Sergei Bobrovsky (14 saves, 17 shots) replacing Ilya Bryzgalov (10 saves, 13 shots) with 3:03 left in the second period. Less than two minutes later, Eric Wellwood scored his first NHL goal to make it 3-3. Dustin Jeffrey scored the go-ahead goal in the opening minute of the third period, the first of three goals by the Penguins in the opening 9:02 which made it 6-3. Jaromir Jagr (2-0-2) scored twice in 18 seconds to give Philly a 2-1 lead which held through the first period. Nick Grossman played in his first game with the Flyers. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8q735Tuctw
2012 -- March 18 -- Scott Hartnell scored the latest OT goal in team history (0.9 seconds left) in the Flyers' 3-2 home victory which snapped the Penguins' 11-game win streak. Hartnell tied the score 2-2 4:47 into the third period. Kimmo Timonen (1-1-2), who celebrated his 37th birthday, got Philly on the board 31 seconds into the third period. Ilya Bryzgalov made 38 saves. The Penguins led 2-0 through two periods and held a 27-10 shots advantage (40-27 in the game). Craig Adams (1-1-2) and Kris Letang (0-2-2) factored into both goals. Hartnell and Chris Kunitz had a confrontation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3B7Qt_bu9E). Zac Rinaldo got five stitches to the mouth from an errant Hartnell stick ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojd3uftjnR8 ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRibW2XYRNw
2012 -- April 1 -- Jakub Voracek (2-1-3) scored twice in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky made 43 saves in the Flyers' 6-4 win at Pittsburgh. The Flyers improved to 5-0-0 all-time at the Consol Energy Center. Claude Giroux (1-2-3) also had three points. Brayden Coburn was a +4. The Penguins held a 47-26 shots advantage including 30-14 through two periods when the scored was tied 2-2. Wayne Simmonds' PPG 2:35 into the third period made it 3-2 and was part of five straight goals by the Flyers after trailing 2-0 in the opening 4:58. Steve Sullivan (2-0-2) had two Pittsburgh goals. Nicklas Grossmann missed the rest of the regular season after a knee-on-knee hit by Joe Vitale in the first period. Vitale later injured Danny Briere, who also missed the balance of the regular season, on a check with 1:03 to play moments after the Flyers made it 6-3. That play created a chaotic scene which included a shouting match between coaches, the ejections of Peter Laviolette (fined $10,000) and Tony Granato (Penguins' assistant fined $2,500), led to 27 PIMs for the Flyers and 25 PIMs to the Penguins, four unsportsmanlike minors to each side, and fighting majors to Simmonds and Derek Engelland ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPgr2DwWzIk). After the game, Laviolette said "Those guys hadn't been out there in 12 minutes. It's a gutless move by their coach. It's gutless." Penguins' head coach Dan Bylsma said "It's clearly a cheap shot. It's clearly a guy targeting a player that was well after the whistle," regarding Brayden Schenn's cross-check of Sidney Crosby following the Penguins' third goal ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6yYQ-Lwy7g ). Game highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov4pe...feature=relmfu and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDsVK...feature=relmfu
2012 -- April 7 -- The Penguins won the regular season finale 4-2 at Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby's (1-1-2) PPG with 2:06 left in the second period was the go-ahead goal and Evgeni Malkin's 50th (1-1-2) with 12 seconds remaining in the same period gave Pittsburgh a 4-2 lead. Chris Kunitz (1-1-2) also scored and had two points. Marc Andre-Fleury (14 saves, 15 shots) was replaced by Brent Johnson (5 saves, 6 shots) in an otherwise meaningless game with playoff seedings already finalized. Brayden Schenn (1-1-2) and Jaromir Jagr (1-1-2) scored for the Flyers and Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves. Harry Zolniercyk and Joe Vitale fought 2:22 into the game ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh45mMXUwqc ). Zac Rinaldo was tossed in the first period http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWMB2RMGCiY). Game highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLkm6xPDe9U
As if the Flyers can play a full opening face off to final whistle, leaving nothing on the ice.
As if JvR can make a difference after being out of the lineup for so long.
As if the team defense can rally around whichever goalie plays.
As if Lavi can make a miracle timeout one more time.
As if our rookies can withstand the pressures of battling a battle hardened Pittsburgh team.
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