Penguins Not Lacking In Scoring Chances In Game 2

The Penguins out-shot the Flyers 35-20 in their 5-1 loss

Shelby Cassesse
April 13, 2018 - 11:12 pm
Brian Elliott stops Sidney Crosby on a breakaway.

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Prior to Friday's game, the Pittsburgh Penguins had scored at least five goals against the Philadelphia Flyers in each of their five meetings this season. 

The Flyers flipped the script Friday in front of over 18,000 fans at PPG Paints Arena, storming back from a 7-0 Game 1 loss with a vengeance and beating the Penguins 5-1. 

Following the loss, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said his team needs to shoot the puck more, but the offense still generated good scoring opportunities. 

"It's not like there weren't parts of the game that we liked," he said. "There were a lot of parts of the game that we did like. We just couldn't seem to find the back of the net. We had some high-quality chances, you know. We hit a bunch of posts, we had a breakaway. So, it wasn't like we didn't have scoring chances. We did." 

The Penguins out-shot the Flyers 35-20, but Philadelphia goaltender Brian Elliott seemed to settle in after he was pulled in Game 1. One of his bigger moments of the evening came in the second period when Sidney Crosby came in on a breakaway from center ice. He tried to backhand the puck on Elliott's glove side, but instead, Elliot made one if his 34 saves of the evening. 

Crosby also felt the team had significant scoring chances, including his shot off the breakaway.

"We had some good looks," he said. "Obviously, I had a good chance there at the end of the second (period). That goes in and maybe we're not talking about it. I think execution has got to be better, and I think it's different things, but I think it just goes down to execution. If I put that one in, we're probably not talking about it."

In addition to Elliott's performance and the aforementioned lack of execution, Sullivan added that unlucky bounces played a role in the loss, too.

"Some nights the puck doesn't want to go in for you," he said. "It just seemed like that was one of those nights for us. Like I said, it wasn't from a lack of opportunities. We just couldn't seem to find the back of the net, but we know that this is going to be a hard-fought series. It's everything we expected it to be, and so we're going to have to go to Philly and we're going to have to find a way to win games."