Florida answered back with 2 goals in the 2nd period by Sean Bergenheim and Kris Versteeg. Former Canuck Mikael Samuelsson assisted both Florida goals. This was the 1st meeting between these 2 teams and the last time Florida made it to the playoffs in 2000 they actually played New Jersey in the 1st round and were swept (meaning New Jersey won the first 4 games to eliminate Florida in the shortest amount of time possible). This game had your classic penalties: tripping, slashing, hooking one 4 minute double minor went to Shawn Matthias for a high stick. Florida goalie Jose Theodore stopped 35 of 38 shots while Martin Brodeur stopped 24 of 26. Perhaps one of the most entertaining parts of the game is from Scottie Upshall. Upshall tried to hit Stephen Gionta and instead missed Gionta and went into his own bench. As I heard one commentator say "and that's one way for a line change, I don't think counts as a hit?" Congrats to Martin Brodeur who got his 100th career postseason win! Brodeur is the 2nd goalie ever to hit 100 wins in the postseason but he still has a bit to go if he wants to catch up to all time leader Patrick Roy who has 151 post season wins! You can check out the Scottie Upshall attempt to hit below! New Jersey leads the series 1-0.
Goal #1 Sidney Crosby assisted by Steve Sullivan and Pascal Dupuis (1-0 PENS)
Goal #2 Chris Kunitz assisted by James Neal and Evgeni Malkin (2-0 PENS) on the power play
Goal #3 Maxime Talbot assisted by Claude Giroux (2-1 PENS) scored shorthanded
Goal #4 Paul Martin assisted by Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis (3-1 PENS)
Goal #5 Claude Giroux assisted by Jakub Voracek and Kimmo Timonen (3-2 PENS) on the power play
Goal #6 Claude Giroux assisted by Maxime Talbot (3-3 tie game) scored shorthanded
Goal #7 Chris Kunitz assisted by James Neal and Evgeni Malkin (4-3 PENS) on the power play
Goal #8 Sean Couturier assisted by Braydon Coburn and Nicklas Grossman (4-4 tie game)
Goal #9 Tyler Kennedy assisted by Matt Cooke and Jordan Stall (5-4 PENS)
Goal # 10 Sean Couturier unassisted (5-5 tie game)
Goal #11 Jaromir Jagr assisted by Pavel Kubina and Claude Giroux (6-5 Philly)
Goal #12 Sean Couturier assisted by Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek (7-5 Philly)
Goal #13 Claude Giroux assisted by Sean Couturier (8-5 Philly)
As I heard another commentator say in this game "someone change the batteries in the goal lights, it's unreal!"
In this game Sean Couturier scored his 1st NHL playoff goal and went on to score 2 more and record his 1st NHL playoff hat trick. Claude Giroux also scored a hat trick with his 3rd goal being scored with 7 second left in the 3rd period but Giroux also recorded 3 assists for 6 points total and a new Philadelphia franchise record! And the Flyers have never lost a playoff series when leading after 2! They have a 17-0 record. Flyers lead this series 2-0. Check out Sidney Crosby's opening goal below and both Couturier and Giroux's Hat Tricks Below!
Washington and Boston at 12:00 Boston leads the series 1-0
Ottawa and New York Rangers at 4:00 New York leads the series 1-0
San Jose and St. Louis at 4:30 San Jose leads the series 1-0
Chicago and Phoenix at 7:00 Phoenix leads the series 1-0 Enjoy! X