April 20, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) waves to the crowd after being named the first start of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers during game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Pens Take Game 5, In Something That Resembled A Playoff Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins were able to prolong the season by one more game with a win tonight at home against the Flyers by a score of 3-2.     This game was a good all around game, with lots of good hits and good goalie play.     Haven’t seen or said that this series!

Fleury was the number 1 star tonight and for good reason.   He had countless great stops in the 3rd period when the Flyers were able to tip the momentum back to their side of the ice.    But it was Fleury that just kept turning pucks away and the Penguins defense, although the 3rd period was not that great, figured out a way to grab pucks and poke them just out of reach time and time again.    I counted about 15 steals and pokes then stopped counting.     They were continually doing it all night long.

The Pens went down 1-0 again tonight with a goal by the Flyers Matt Carle at the 11:45 mark of the first period.     It was a power play goal, one of 2 for Philly tonight.   Steve Sullivan scored for the Pens just 4 minutes later to tie things up, also on the power play.     Hartnell for the Flyers was able to give the Flyers the lead going into the intermission with another power play goal.

Jordan Staal scored high above a Bryzgalov glove hand at the 6:15 mark of the 2nd period to tie the game up for the Pens.    It was the same place he scored of Bobrovsky on Wednesday.     Tyler Kennedy was able to score just before the midway point of the period with a slapper to give the Pens the lead.     That would be all the scoring they needed and all the scoring that either team was able to muster.

Malkin was MIA tonight though he hit the boards behind the cage at least 6 times on blasts towards the net, and he also took 2 penalties tonight he just can  not take.   There is really no good time to take a penalty, but he picked two pretty bad times to take those penalties.     Although Malkin is one of the best players in hockey, as a star, he just can not disappear and take calls like that.

The Penguins will play the Flyers in Philly at Noon on Sunday.    This will be another opportunity to close things out for the Flyers, and another opportunity to defy logic for the Pens.     If you would like to follow me on Twitter you can at Sports Monger and on Sports Monger Radio, Every Friday Night at 11pm.

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