Brian Elliott missed almost two months of action with an injury but played the final two regular season games and posted two wins against Carolina and the NY Rangers, allowing three goals combined. Enter Crosby, who reached out and swatted it like a tennis player sending a two-handed backhand down the line. "But Wayne (Simmonds) and Jake and (Sean Couturier). we've had success here. The other things, we'll have to do through a little bit of video, a little bit of discussion, and mostly just clearing the mind and getting the focus back on Game 2". It was way more than that.
The Penguins certainly showed it.
Puck control is going to be crucial to this series.
Philadelphia netminder Brian Elliott was chased after Crosby's first goal gave the Penguins a 5-0 lead midway through the second period. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and they've successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all penalties. Crosby has 32 goals and 60 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 55 games.
It was in those final 10 seconds that the Flyers completely abandoned the front of the net and allowed a tic-tac-toe passing play to result in an easy goal. Even their much maligned penalty-killing unit was flawless, killing off all four power plays without allowing a shot against.
There's no doubt that Giroux and the Flyers will be back to battle their in-state rival for Game 2 on Friday night.
After only one game of a seven-game series, that the Flyers already are talking about battling only illustrates how quickly the Penguins can get into an opponent's head.
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said the game looked just as lopsided when he reviewed it on video. The game wasn't even close as the Penguins won by a score of 7-0.
Part of me is very tempted to predict the Flyers as a team that gets blown out by seven goals should have sufficient motivation the next time out. Elliott put up better numbers in 43 regular season games (42 starts) with a 2.66 GAA and a.909 save percentage.
It's been so popular, the amount of money bet on Golden Knights games at times, rivaled money being put on National Football League games, which are typically the sports book's most popular events.
Look, the Penguins boast a ton of star power and are without question a superior team on paper.
However, it is going to be hard for Colorado to silence a Nashville team on a mission to get back to the championship series and conquer whichever Eastern Conference foe awaits them. His last two goals weren't quite as dramatic, though they did pull him into a tie with team owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux for the franchise record for the most career hat tricks in the playoffs. Malkin scored a goal. "They made plays in tight areas, and we just have to find an answer coming next game". Claude Giroux actually remembered what they're like.
"You go to to the net ands sometimes they end up there and they don't always go in, so it's great to see them go in", Crosby said". But you can try to discover new ways to take that away from the opposition.
Oh, the Flyers said all the right things. They struggle to adjust. Well, that offense was a complete no-show as they were blanked in game one by a score of 7-0.
Kornegay said the bets started to roll in before the Golden Knights even took the ice, and didn't let up as the team continued its unexpected, division-title-winning season, and Golden Knights fans often got the best of the book. But the sports books' biggest losses could be ahead of them.