Pens Go Down Again, Couturier Scores Hat Trick

April 11, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates up ice with the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period in game one of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Penguins Lose the lead 3 times tonight as the Philadelphia Flyers take control of the series as they go back to Philly for Game 3.     Couturier scored a hat trick and tortured Malkin All game long to hold him to no goals again.

The Scoring started early and often as Sidney Crosby scored from one knee on a snap shot at point blank range to make the game 1-0 just 15 seconds into the game.      Eight minutes later, Chris Kunitz scored a power play goal to make it 2-0.     Just like in the previous what seems like 50 games, the Flyers called their time out and was able to rebound from another quick start from the Pens.     Penguins then went on a power play but proceeded to give up a short handed goal to Max Talbot to make the game 2-1 and change the momentum.      The Pens were able to score a goal with about 18 seconds left in the 1st period to make the game 3-1 from a Paul Martin Snap shot.

The Second period was all Flyers.      Giroux scored the first 2 goals of the period with a power play goal to start then a shorty to follow to tie the game up.     Chris Kunitz scored for the Penguins not 6 seconds after the Giroux short handed goal to make it a 4-3 score and give the Pens the lead once again.     That ended up holding till 3 seconds left in the period when Sean Couturier scored the 1st of his 3 goals to tie the game up at the end of the period.

Tyler Kennedy scored just a minute into the 3rd period to give the Pens a 5-4 lead and some momentum back.    But as the game told us early and often, more goals would be scored.     Couturier scored again less than 20 seconds later to tie it back up.    Jagr scored the game winning goal at the 9 minute mark of the 3rd period to give the Flyers a 6-5 lead and all the momentum.     The Flyers would add 2 more goals including an empty netter to finish off the Pens tonight by a score of 8-5.

Another Disappointing game for the Pens as the Flyers won there 7th game in it’s last 8 in Pittsburgh.     The venue’s now switch as the Pens go to Philly where they have won 8 of their last 11 games there.    For the Penguins sake, lets hope the Pens can get a win and change some of this momentum.

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Topics: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby

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