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NHL: Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers 7-0

NHL: Crosby has hat trick, Penguins rout Flyers 7-0

Guentzel and Brian Dumoulin each added two helpers for the Penguins and Matt Murray brushed aside 24 shots for the victory. "But yeah, you've gotta go to the net this time of the year and that's usually where pucks are". The defensemen in front of Murray turned Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds into a bystander. The Flyers had zero shots on all four power plays Wednesday...

"It was just a commitment to defend and play the right way", Sullivan said.

The Flyers are left to regroup ahead of Friday's Game 2 after becoming the fifth team to give up at least seven goals in a series opener. For all of their dominance on Wednesday night, it still only counts as one. The Penguins rolled over the Flyers, 7-0, Wednesday night in the worst playoff loss in Flyers' history.

Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Pittsburgh Penguins have put the world on notice after a dominating Game 1 win, demolishing the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0 while Sidney Crosby recorded his third career playoff hat trick. "I was awful, I made a lot of bad plays". Coach Dave Hakstol publicly endorsed sending Elliott back out for Game 2 in the immediate aftermath despite giving up five goals on 19 shots before getting pulled. "I can remember every single playoff series we've played in and this guy made a dirty hit in this game, this guy slashed me for no reason - two-handed me in the back of the legs - in this game, just stuff like that".

Philadelphia returned to the playoffs this spring thanks in part to its resilience. That's when the backup goalie went out with an injury, which came a little more than a week after starter Brian Elliott went out with an abdominal injury that would require surgery. Hakstol indicated after the game that he is leaning toward Elliott starting Game 2, although everything is always subject to change so keep an eye on any official information today. But hey, it's only one game. We all didn't get to this level by not going through some type of adversity like this. The party officially kicks off at 4:30 p.m. but Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan's Common Man & T-Bone will get an early start as they broadcast live from the plaza from 3-6 p.m. prior to Games 3 and 4.

Another loss would put Philadelphia in a perilous spot going home.

The Flyers actually finished the game with 52 shot attempts to 43 for the Penguins at 5-on-5, a 54.74 CF%. That doesn't win you many games. Good luck with that.

"Right now my first instinct is yeah", Hakstol said.

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"They're a good team. You can probably apply that to a lot of our game". That unit was a combined minus-11 in Game 1. If the Jets can do it twice in three days, they'll have firm control against sloppy Minnesota. All fans attending Round 1 home games will receive a playoff-themed T-shirt and rally towel.

"I mean, it's one game", Crosby said. "But it was a pretty even game after that". Their best players were better than ours. Having a crammed and raucous Bell MTS Place certainly helped.

"If that goes in, it's 1-1", Crosby said, "and maybe we're talking about a different result".

The expansion Golden Knights looked every bit ready for the playoffs when they rode goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a 1-0 victory in Game 1. After all, the Penguins had swept all four games in the regular season series.

The other headline opening series in the West features the surprise of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Flyers over-passed and looked disorganized, making it easy for the Penguins to clear the puck.

The Kings outhit Vegas 68-59, though some Los Angeles players scoffed at the notion Game 1 was an overly physical. I think we had a couple of overtimes.


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