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Flyers head home with 2-0 series lead

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Flyers head home with 2-0 series lead
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
PENGUINS at FLYERS

(Philadelphia leads best-of-seven series, 2-0)

TV
: NBC (HD), TSN, RDS (HD)
 
Big Story: As the series moves to eastern Pennsylvania, can the Penguins rally after dropping the first two games at home?
 
Team Scope:
 
Penguins: Players and coaches tried to put a good face on their situation, but coach Dan Bylsma said the way his team has fallen behind in the series has had an effect on his team.
 
"You can say that losing 4-3 is a 4-3 loss no matter how it goes down," Bylsma said. "In an overtime game it's painful for anybody who's losing 4-3. We know several other teams that had that happen to them in Game 1. I think we understand we had leads and 3-0 leads and two-goal leads, and they were able to come back. That's something we talked about before the series started. We knew that was going to be the case for this Flyer team. We knew that they were going to play and I don't think there has been a lot of surprises in that regard. I think it's difficult to deal with those losses. At the same time, we have to put it behind us. We have to get ready for one game, which is Sunday at 3 o'clock in Philly."
 
It's not the first time this group has been down 0-2 in a series. Twice in the run to the 2009 Stanley Cup, the Penguins came from down two games in a series -- the conference semifinals against Washington and the Stanley Cup Final against Detroit -- to win the series. That knowledge keeps a level of panic out of the locker room.
 
"I think you always try to use those experiences and understand what you need to do," Sidney Crosby said. "That's something that I think will help. At the end of the day we need to be our best in the next game."
 
Flyers: They may be up 2-0 in the series, but the Flyers don't feel like they've won a whole lot yet. Being down two goals in the first period of each game can keep a team humbled.
 
"Coming back from a 2-0 or 3-0 lead, it's not easy," Claude Giroux said. "That's why we've got to do a better job putting ourselves in a better situation going into the third period so we can play a little bit smarter."
 
After the 4-3 overtime win in Game 1 that saw the Flyers rally from a 3-0 first-period hole, defenseman Kimmo Timonen said the team was "lucky." Coach Peter Laviolette didn't want to say his team was lucky to be up 2-0 in the series, but he knows his team is fortunate to be ahead despite being outscored 6-1 in the first period in the first two games.
 
"If you just say the word lucky, it removes the amount of work that was done in 80 minutes of hockey," he said. "You don't want to keep doing that. There's an awful lot of work that went into the last 40 minutes of each game and the overtime of the first game."

Who's Hot: Giroux and Sean Couturier became the first teammates to have a hat trick in the same playoff game since 2006. … With points in the first two games of the series, Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has a point now in 19 straight, including the regular season.
 
Injury Report: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen, who has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury, could return for Game 3. … Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk (foot) took part in practice Saturday but said he was doubtful for Game 3. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros (back) is out indefinitely.
 
Stat Pack: Couturier, at age 19 years, 128 days old, became the youngest rookie with a playoff hat trick since Ted "Teeder" Kennedy had one in the 1945 playoffs at age 19 years, 123 days.
 
Puck Drop: Is there something in the water at Danny Briere's house?
 
Current and former residents of Briere's home have scored eight of the Flyers' 12 goals. Briere had two in Game 1, while Giroux -- who lived with Briere and his three sons last season -- and Couturier -- who lives there this season -- had three each in Game 2.
 
"I don't know," Couturier said when asked about the oddity. "It's not the food, for sure. We don't eat."
 
Briere said he felt like a proud papa watching his former tenants excel.
 
"I don't know how to explain it," he told NHL.com. "It's pretty cool. It's cool to see both Claude and Sean take over the game [Friday]. You put a special touch on it."
  
series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 22 '12 PIT 1 at PHI 5 S. Hartnell
Apr 20 '12 PHI 2 at PIT 3 T. Kennedy
Apr 18 '12 PIT 10 at PHI 3 J. Staal
Apr 15 '12 PIT 4 at PHI 8 M. Read
Apr 13 '12 PHI 8 at PIT 5 J. Jagr
Apr 11 '12 PHI 4 at PIT 3 - OT J. Voracek
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
S. Crosby3235-1900
J. Neal3235-21210
J. Staal3224+0200
C. Kunitz3224-3620
P. Dupuis3134+0000
E. Malkin3044-4000
T. Kennedy3202-1000
K. Letang3022-22100
S. Sullivan3022-3200
P. Martin3101-1000
Z. Michalek3011+3000
M. Cooke3011+0000
M. Niskanen1011-1400
C. Adams3000-11700
D. Engelland3000-11200
B. Orpik3000-2200
A. Asham3000-31000
J. Vitale2000-2000
B. Lovejoy2000-2000
R. Park1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Fleury30-317846.34.798
B. Johnson10-0266.00.667
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
C. Giroux3448+5910
D. Briere3415+0010
B. Schenn3145+1410
J. Jagr3145-2201
M. Talbot3314+5010
S. Couturier3314+3000
J. Voracek3134+0601
M. Read3213+2211
B. Coburn3033+4000
W. Simmonds3112+11210
M. Carle3022+1000
S. Hartnell3022-1700
K. Timonen3011+31700
N. Grossmann3011+1600
P. Kubina2011+2000
E. Wellwood3000+1000
A. Lilja3000-1000
Z. Rinaldo3000-22000
M. Bourdon1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov33-012913.96.868