Flyers finally eliminate Penguins

2:01 PM, Apr 22, 2012   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Claude Giroux knocked down Sidney Crosby in the opening seconds of the game and the Philadelphia Flyers finally knocked the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Penguins had won each of the last two games in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to stave off elimination, but Giroux followed up his early hit with a goal and an assist in the first period to propel the Flyers to a 5-1 victory in Game 6 of the series at the Wells Fargo Center.

Giroux picked up another assist on Erik Gustafsson's first playoff goal to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead in the second period and Danny Briere also scored moments after Pittsburgh had appeared to pick up momentum with a goal from Evgeni Malkin.

The Flyers, after winning the first three games of the series, avoided a trip back across the state to Pittsburgh for a potential Game 7 with their best defensive effort of the set. The Penguins had scored at least three goals in each of the first five games, but could only dent Ilya Bryzgalov once on 31 shots Sunday.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 18 shots for Pittsburgh, which was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for a second straight season. The Pens were ousted by Tampa Bay in seven games last spring.

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