Survive and advance. Among the oddities of this series, one that stands out is this: Some of the most dominating periods have also been the most fruitless.
Take tonight’s 3-0 Flyers victory in Game 5 in Pittsburgh. Looking to bury their cross-state antagonizers, Pittsburgh fired 15 first-period shots at Marty Biron, created all kinds of turnovers in the offensive zone – and came up with nada.
The Flyers survived thanks to Marty Biron and some lucky breaks. Biron, who deserved a better fate in his 46-save effort of Game 2, stoned Evgeni Malkin twice and Sidney Crosby once close range in that first period – each after a Flyers giveaway. He also had a little luck. Tyler Kennedy botched a wraparound into a wide open net, hitting the post.
With the Penguins on a power play midway through the third, the puck bounced off Biron’s back pad, hovered endlessly in the crease, and was finally covered.