By the 15-minute mark of the second period, a once-raucous Wells Fargo Center had transformed into an arid, barren Death Valley — besides, of course,nfl jerseys cheap authentic the three female Penguin fans. A few lathered-up Flyers’ fans could still be heard here and there. Otherwise, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins did their job, stealing back the momentum from the Flyers and zapping any the remaining life force from their fans.
With the 5-1 victory on Sunday, Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead over the Flyers in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference opening-round series. Game 4 returns South Philly on Wednesday, where the Flyers will need to win to prevent going back to Pittsburgh down 3-1 and facing elimination.
Fueled by a throaty home crowd, the Flyers had the Penguins on their heels during the first half of the first period. Nolan Patrick had a great scoring chance but was stymied by Penguins’ goalie Matt Murray with a great glove save 18:46 left in the opening stanza, creating an early theme.
The second period opened up what had been a close game as Pittsburgh erupted for three goals in 4:05, the last two coming just five seconds apart. Evgeni Malkin scored on a power play with 13:12 left in the period, custom nfl jerseys cheap then right off the ensuing faceoff, Brian Dumoulin beat Brian Elliott to give the Penguins a 4-0 lead and all but seal the victory.
“I should have taken a timeout after the third [goal in the second],” Flyers’ coach Dave Hakstol said. “We had a good first period, but we didn’t duplicate it to start the second period. Hindsight is 20-20, you don’t get it back. You always want to save that timeout because we were playing well.