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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.

Telling Signs of Game 1


In a very exciting game one, the Pittsburgh Penguins stormed out to a 3-0 lead. They dominated puck possession and hits early.  With thirteen shots on net in the first, the Penguins looked like they were going to intimidate Philadelphia early.  But their lead was not enough as they completely imploded and allowed Philadelphia to come back and win the game.

Telling Stat Number 1 – Turnovers

                I briefly touched on what was key to the Penguins winning this series, puck control.  Against Philadelphia all season Pittsburgh was only outshot twice, however, they ...

Flyers Corner Recaps Game One Win

TCL's Mark Trible took 30 minutes on Flyers Corner to talk about the team's big 4-3 overtime win in Pittsburgh.

Mark talked about what happened, where the Flyers go from here, and who stood out on Wednesday night.

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Comeback Kids Do It Again, Take 1-0 Series Lead

Throughout the regular season, the Philadelphia Flyers found success when falling behind in the first period.

In the first game of the postseason, they did it again.

It looked like a nightmare from the start for the Flyers as Pittsburgh jumped out early in front of a raucous CONSOL Energy Arena crowd.

Sidney Crosby scored 3:43 into the game.

Tyler Kennedy scored four minutes later.

Then, after it looked like the Flyers would get out of the first down just 2-0, Pascal Dupuis scored.

Facing a 3-0 deficit after the first period, things didn’t look promising for Philadelphia. But, as they have all season, the Flyers fought back.

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

Flyers Corner - Penguins Preview Pt. II

TCL's Mark Trible and HartnellDown founder Seth Hastings continued to preview Philadelphia's first round series with Pittsburgh on Flyers Corner Tuesday night.

The two discussed the youth of the Flyers, how physical the matchup will be, and much more!

TCL's 2012 Stanley Cup Coverage: Night One



It's night one of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and The Checking Line will be right there with you as we cover the two marquee games of the night!

At 7:30PM, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers will take their rivalry to new heights as the meet in the first round in the Eastern Conference. Plenty of Flyers writers will be there to take in the action with you.

Then, at 8:00PM, the Detroit Red Wings will be in Nashville to take on the Predators in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Can the Wings overcome their recent struggles and take out a Predator team that seems on a mission to finally put things together? Our Red Wings staff...

Flyers Corner - Penguins Preview

TCL Flyers writer Mark Trible sat down with Seth Hastings (founder of 'HartnellDown'), The Hockey Guys' Dustin Leed, and The Fourth Period's Penguins writer, Joe Depto.

The four talked about the series at length.

Joe addressed what Pittsburgh should be worried about in the series and how the Flyers have found success at CONSOL Energy Center.

Seth spoke about the importance of Ilya Bryzgalov and the pressure he faces.

Everyone chimed in with some series MVP predictions. They also forecasted how everything will go down in the Keystone Clash.

What You Need To Know (TCL Penguins Edition)


In what is due to be one of the most exciting playoff series in recent history, the Pittsburgh Penguins are set to play the Philadelphia Flyers in round one.  This marquee matchup will feature the two highest scoring teams in the NHL as well as two bitter rivals.  It is sure to be filled with emotion and hatred, but we are going to analyze the measurable the evidence and find out what this series is sure to bring.

Forwards – A former Hart and Art Ross trophy winner, a two time Art Ross winner, and a budding superstar are only a few of the immense talents that will be seen on the ice.  Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin averaged over 1.4 points per game...

These Flyers are Less Hated

You know the drill.

As the playoffs are ready to get underway, the strategy of the fans that watch is usually rather simple.

It includes rooting for their favorite team and rooting against the Philadelphia Flyers. That’s the way it’s been and seemingly the way it would be forever.

Once the ‘Bullies’, the type of hockey that has become synonymous with the Flyers logo is quite a divisive connection. It’s not hard to see why, nor has it ever been.

Hockey grew up and got rid of the nonsense. The old time hockey is still around, but the examples are few and far between. Instead of frantically worrying about players being jumped on the ice, fans now dissect split-second hits.