The Philadelphia Flyers came home looking to take a series lead, but couldn’t post back-to-back wins in a disappointing Game 3. The Penguins took care of business once again, this time by a final score of 5-1, to take a 2-1 series lead.
Travis Sanheim scored his first career playoff goal to get the Flyers on the board, but that was all they could muster.
Let’s get to it.
The boys looked ready.
Nolan Patrick sped through the zone for a great chance, but Matt Murray robbed him.
Travis Konecny took a puck to the face.
And a scrum ensued.
Jori Lehtera fed Travis Sanheim for a chance, but he was denied.
Sanheim was getting into it, too.
Sean Couturier set the tone with a big hit on Sidney Crosby.
Couturier kept battling behind the play.
Brian Elliott came up with a nice pad save to keep the game scoreless.
But then Pittsburgh struck.
Michael Raffl turned the puck over and Sidney Crosby scored on a wraparound.
The Flyers had a nice scoring chance and headed to the power play.
But they couldn’t convert as Jake Voracek’s stick broke on a shot.
The Flyers trailed 1-0 after one period of play.
Claude Giroux got called for a weak slashing penalty early in the second period.
And the Penguins scored to make it 2-0.
Konecny then got hooked, but there was no call. Maybe he should have dropped his stick too.
Voracek was called for a high-stick, though.
And the Penguins converted again. This time it was Evgeni Malkin.
Then, five seconds later, Brian Dumoulin made it 4-0.
It wasn’t pretty.
Malkin hit Konecny from behind, but the Flyers couldn’t convert.
Brandon Manning’s turnover nearly led to a goal against, but Elliott stood tall this time.
Then Travis Sanheim scored to give the Flyers life.
His first playoff goal!
That puck had eyes.
Elliott then denied Carl Hagelin to keep the Flyers within three goals.
Ivan Provorov drew a late penalty, but the Flyers couldn’t convert once again.
The Flyers trailed 4-1 after two periods of play.
They continued to take penalties in the third period.
Laughton took a high-sticking penalty
But Elliott came up with a save with his mask.
Then Voracek high-sticked Jamie Oleksiak.
And the Penguins scored to make it 5-1.
The Flyers lost, 5-1.
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