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Flyers Vs. Penguins ECQF: Numbers Don't Tell Whole Story With Bryzgalov

It has been a wild start to the Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. After two games, the series is heading to Philadelphia, with the Flyers up 2-0.

The Flyers’ offense has undoubtedly been a huge factor in the first two games of the series. Another big factor, one that has been overlooked, is the play of netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov has given up eight goals in just two games, but those numbers don’t speak to his full performance and contributions.

He gave up three goals in the first period of Game 1, but shut the Penguins down for the next two periods. In Game 2, Bryzgalov gave up three goals in the first period, but held the Penguins to just two more during the rest of the game.

TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers

 

 

( 4 ) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS vs. ( 5 ) PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Bloodbath. That's the word that Flyers forward Scott Hartnell used to describe the mindset of these two teams heading into this series. Some of us here at The Checking Line may be proponents of pacifism and the reduction of violence in hockey, but even we get a kick about what's probably going to happen between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in this first round match-up. The two teams set up their series in a game in the final week of the season, and if that was any indication, this one shouldn't disappoint. Expect a lot of violence, lots of scoring, contr...

Questions For Flyers As They Face Penguins In Game 1

Last season the Philadelphia Flyers entered the playoffs against the Buffalo Sabres with some questions surrounding their struggling goaltending and their defense.

Injuries played a factor as well, as the team was without the services of Chris Pronger who was out recovering from hand surgery.

Fast forward to this season and the Flyers yet again suffer from the injury bug as they enter the playoffs against their much maligned cross-state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game 82, A Playoff Preview

The stage has been set, and the opponents have been decided: the Philadelphia Flyers (47-29-9) will be facing the Pittsburgh Penguins (50-29-6) in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Based on games played by both teams on Thursday night, Pittsburgh will end the season in 4th place and the Flyers in 5th in the Eastern Conference.

The New York Rangers clinched the East with a win over the Flyers on Tuesday night.

On Saturday, the Flyers and Penguins will meet in Pittsburgh for the last game of the regular season. It will be a preview of the playoff series to come, and will likely be an interesting game, based on the last matchup between the teams.

Flyers Aim To Sharpen Up Against Desperate Sabres

The Philadelphia Flyers (46-25-9) will play their final home game of the regular season tonight when they faceoff against the playoff hopeful (39-31-10) Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres enter tonight's matchup a desperate team, a team in a must win situation and like the Flyers recently, have suffered some major injuries to their team.

As Playoffs Approach, An Important Weekend Looms for Flyers

First comes a playoff spot and then comes the top spot in the division.

It’s a stretch, but that’s what the Philadelphia Flyers (45-24-8) will keep working towards as they face the Ottawa Senators (39-28-10) on Saturday afternoon.

After a 7-1 beatdown of the despondent Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, the Flyers will look to make it two wins in a row against Ottawa. The Senators will aim to continue a streak of their own, as they’ve won two straight.

In the three games between the two teams this season, the Flyers have won twice. The Senators won the last meeting, 6-4 back on January 8.

Flyers, Bobrobvsky Look To Grab Two Precious Points From Leafs

The Philadelphia Flyers (44-24-8) will enter tonight's game without something they have relied on heavily recently, a hot goaltender.

As has been reported this week, Ilya Bryzgalov will not be with the team tonight when they travel up to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs (33-35-9).

Bryzgalov suffered a bone chip on a weight bearing bone in his foot when he took a Jakub Voracek shot off his skate in warm-ups before the Flyers faced the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

Habs This Week: Flip Flop

Mother Nature had her way with just about everyone this past week, amping up the temperatures to trick everyone into thinking they were in mid-playoff form. Unfortunately, this was the week that the Canadiens discovered (for real) that there is no chance of that for them this year.

Shut Out: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

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Cody Hodgson scored his first goal as a Buffalo Sabre and added another in the third period to procure the Sabres a win, Tuesday, against the Canadiens.
 

The Sabres once were where the Canadiens are, and are now where they usually tend to be at this time of year, fighting for a playo...

Flyers Look To Keep Offense Rolling And Keep Stamkos At Bay

The Philadelphia Flyers (44-23-8) will close out their current five game home stand (their longest of the season) when the face the Tampa Bay Lightning (34-33-7) on Monday night.

Tampa Bay who are 5-5-1 in March, are coming off back-to-back wins against the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders respectively.

Their play this month has not been consistent nor reflective of their leading goal scorer, Steven Stamkos.

Two Talented Goalies, Two Completely Different Seasons

This is a story of two goalies.

Both have performed exceptionally well in their NHL careers. Both have shined in the playoffs, although they have never raised a Cup. And both had something to prove once this season began – one for a new team, the other for his only.

Ilya Bryzgalov began the 2011-2012 season with the Philadelphia Flyers, his first with the squad. Carey Price was returning as the Montreal Canadiens’ starting goaltender after proving his worth over the past four seasons.

Though they both entered the season full of promise, only one looks to be playoff-bound.