Claude Giroux wrapped up a dominant series with his sixth goal, Ilya Bryzgalov had his first outstanding effort in net and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Sunday to win their Eastern Conference opening-round series in six games.
Giroux scored only 32 seconds into the game, and the Flyers rolled from there. In a series where no lead was safe, the Flyers scored the first three goals and made it stand behind stout defense and stellar play out of Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov allowed 20 goals in the first five games. He settled down in Game 6 and gave up only Evgeni Malkin’s goal in the second period.
Pittsburgh’s come back from an 0-3 games deficit came crashing to a halt Sunday as the Philadelphia Flyers took control of game 6 early and left no doubt who the better team was. The Flyers become the 3rd team to advance to the conference semi-finals, joining St. Louis and Nashville.
The Penguins join the Red Wings an Sharks in the see you next season club.