PITTSBURGH _ As the late, great Jack Buck once said: “I don't believe what I just saw!”
Those words, delivered by Buck when Dodgers pinch-hitter Kirk Gibson hit a dramatic, ninth-inning home run and limped around the bases to win a 1988 World Series game against Oakland, came to mind while watching the Flyers fall behind, rally, fall behind, rally, fall behind, rally….well you get the idea.
This was Friday night in Pittsburgh, where the Flyers _ Team Resilient _ overcame deficits of 2-0, 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4 en route to a had-to-see-it-to-believe-it 8-5 win over the dazed Penguins.
Sean Couturier, known more for his defense, and Claude Giroux (six points) each had hat tricks.
Cue the Jack Buck audio.
And, so, now the big question, with the series shifting back to Philly for Games 3 and 4, is this: Are the Penguins cooked?
Well, if you watched them register 108 points during the regular season, the answer would be “no.”
Then again, if you watched the Flyers overcome a 3-0 deficit to win Game 1, and erase multiple deficits in Game 2, you might have a different opinion.
There have been 122 minutes, 23 seconds of playing time in this series. The Flyers have led for just 10:48. Yet, they are ahead, two games to none.
I don’t believe what I just saw!
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, normally a stand-up sort, was so flustered by the latest collapse that he refused to talk to the media.
Fleury being flustered is not a good sign for the Penguins
"We have 20 guys that are working as hard as they can. No one is pointing fingers,” Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “Everyone is giving max effort. It`s executing better. They`re taking advantage of every mistake we make. We`re hanging our goalie out to dry."
Couturier has gotten under Evgeni Malkin’s skin _ and is outscoring him.
Malkin, the NHL`s top scorer this season, had two assists but was minus-4 on the night.
"It`s not over,” insisted Malkin, who called the Flyers a “great” team. “We have confidence. Why not? We have beaten the Flyers in Philly before. Why not do it again?"
In franchise history, the Flyers are 17-0 when they win the first two games of a series.
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