PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 22: Evgeni Malkin #71 and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins look down after a goal by Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 22, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers won the game 5-1 to eliminate the Penguins from the playoffs. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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Just as things played out fairly well during their 2010 run to the Stanley Cup Finals, the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs could be shaping up rather nicely for the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: Philly Closes Out Pittsburgh With 5-1 Victory

Star forward Claude Giroux set the tempo early by hitting and scoring 32 seconds into Sunday's Game 6 contest, and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers followed suit. Four different Flyer players netted goals and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov out-played Marc-Andre Fleury in a 5-1 victory, which ended the best-of-seven series between the two hated rivals.

The victory helped the Flyers close out the series in just six games, and advanced Philly into the Eastern Conference semifinals where they will play an unknown opponent. If the second round of the playoffs were to start on Monday, the No. 4-seeded Flyers would play the No. 7 Washington Capitals, who own a 3-2 series lead over No. 2 Boston Bruins.

Giroux finished the contest with a goal and an assists, both coming in the first period -- the latter setting a Flyers' franchise record with 13 points in a postseason series -- that ended with Philly ahead 2-0. The Flyers added two more goals -- the first by Erik Gustafsson, the second from Danny Briere -- in the second period to take a 4-1 margin heading into the third period.

In the final 20 minutes, the Flyers used solid defense and relied on Bryzgalov, who finished with 30 saves, to close out the win. Brayden Schenn scored an empty-net goal with eight seconds remaining and set the Philadelphia crowd into a frenzy.

Pittsburgh's lone goal came from forward Evgeni Malkin, who briefly helped the Pens' trim the margin to 3-1 in the second period. But that was short lived when Briere scored 34 seconds later. The Pens' had a possible second goal disallowed because a player ran into the goaltender as the puck trickled across the goal line.

Flyers right-winger Jakub Voracek tallied two assists in the contest.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: Erik Gustafsson, Danny Briere Score As Philly Leads 4-1 After 2 Periods

The Philadelphia Flyers used goals by Erik Gustafsson and Danny Briere, respectively, to help pad their Game 6 advantage over the Pittsburgh Penguins to 4-1, as the contest has reached its second intermission. The Penguins, who down in the best-of-seven series 3-2 and could be eliminated with a Flyers victory, also tallied a goal in the second period, but they're still getting out-played at the Wells Fargo Center.

After taking it to Pittsburgh in the first 20 minutes, Philly increased its lead from two goals to three when Gustafsson scored 5 minutes, 25 seconds into the second period.

About three minutes later, the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin scored to trim the margin to 3-1 and build some momentum for Pittsburgh. However, just 34 seconds later, the Flyers' Briere pushed the lead back to three goals with a score at the 9:08 mark.

Overall, the goaltending has been the key of the contest, as Ilya Bryzgalov has faced 19 shots and saved 18 for Philadelphia, while Marc-Andre Fleury has faced 20 shots and stopped 16.

Flyers right-winger Jakub Voracek has tallied two assists in the contest.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: Philly Sets Tempo, Takes 2-0 First Period Lead

Wanting to set an early tempo that will hopefully help them close out rival Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers have done just that in the first period of Game 6 at the Wells Fargo Center. Star forward Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell both scored goals in the first 20 minutes to help their team earn a 2-0 advantage.

Giroux's goal, his sixth of the series, came just 32 seconds into the contest and was the Flyers first even-man goal in two games. Giroux wasn't done there, however, as he collected his 13th point of the series (a franchise record) by assisting on Hartnell's tally, which came during a power-play with about seven minutes to play. The score marked the Flyers' 12th extra-man goal of this series, which also sets a franchise record.

The Flyers, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can close out the Penguins with a victory, out-shot (10-9) and simply out-played Pittsburgh in the first period.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, Game 3 Score Update (Video): Philadelphia's Claude Giroux Levels Sidney Crosby, Scores 32 Seconds Into First Period

Game 6 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins series is expected to be intense and feature a lot of action, well, the first few seconds of the contest has set an amazing tempo. Just 32 seconds into the contest, Flyers' star forward Claude Giroux leveled Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby near center ice and then scored Philadelphia's first even-strength goal in two games that helped his team earn an early 1-0 advantage.

Giroux 's score, his sixth of this best-of-seven series, came seconds after he put a very solid hit on Crosby at center ice.

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The Flyers, who started the series with a 3-0 advantage, are trying to close out the best-of-seven series as they now lead 3-2.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Flyers Vs. Penguins Game 6: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Philadelphia Flyers have already had two chances to close out inter-state rival the Pittsburgh Penguins, and they will get a third shot Sunday, when the Flyers host the Pens' in Game 6 of a first-round, Stanley Cup Playoff contest at the Wells Fargo Center (12 p.m. ET on NBC).

After blowing out Pittsburgh in Game 3, 8-4, and taking a 3-0 series lead, Philadelphia has struggled to close out the No. 4 seeded Pen's, who earned a dominating 10-3 victory in Game 4 and won by a slim 3-2 margin in Saturday's Game 5.

In the last two games, Pittsburgh has out-scored Philadelphia 8-0 in even-man situations, and their goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has played much better than in the first three games. The Flyers will also need to stop Jordan Staal, who's scored six goals in the past three games.

Here's the game's basic viewing and listening information:

Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

Game Time: 12 p.m. ET

TV Listing: NBC

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Penguins Vs. Flyers Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Flyers and Penguins are set to get the NHL Playoffs underway in the most anticipated series of the first round.

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NHL Playoffs Schedule And Bracket 2012: Flyers Vs. Penguins And The Rest Of The Eastern Conference

The Philadelphia Flyers concluded their regular season Saturday with a disappointing loss to inter-state rival the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2. However, for Flyers fans its time to shake it off -- you probably already have -- and focus on the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begins Wednesday.

Oddly enough, the Flyers will play the Penguins in what should be a very intense first-round match-up, which features Pittsburgh with home-ice advantage. Over the course of the regular season, the Flyers defeated the Pen's in four of the six contest. Here's the schedule and TV coverage of the anticipated playoff series:

Wednesday, April 11 7:30 p.m. Flyers at Penguins NBC Sports Network, TSN
Friday, April 13 7:30 p.m. Flyers at Penguins NBC Sports Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15 3 p.m. Penguins at Flyers NBC, TSN
Wednesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Penguins at Flyers NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Friday, April 20 7:30 p.m. Flyers at Penguins NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Sunday, April 22 TBD Pittsburgh at Philadelphia TBD
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Flyers at Penguins TBD

No. 1-seed New York Rangers vs. No. 8 Ottawa Senators: The Sens' won the season series 3-1.
No. 2 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals: The Caps' were 3-1 against the Bruins in the regular season.
No. 3 Florida Panthers vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils: The two teams split the season series 2-2

Here's a look at the Western Conference:


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