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Flyers Vs. Penguins, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 3: Philadelphia Wins High-Scoring, Violent Game, 8-4

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 8-4, in game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers lead the series, 3-0.

After two periods of a game that had featured plenty of scoring, the Penguins pulled troubled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The first shot on Brent Johnson by Claude Giroux of the Flyers led to the same result as you can see below:


Maxime Talbot added the final goal (shorthanded) at the 17:14 mark of the game.

Overall, there were 12 combined goals and 133 penalty minutes. The referees lacked control throughout the game which allowed it to descent into chaos, and thus, all the penalty minutes when players decided to take matters into their own hands to protect their teammates or get their frustration out. There was a brawl in the third period:


It was a rough outing for goaltenders on both teams. Ilya Brzygalov allowed four goals on 35 shots. Fleury allowed six goals on 28 shots before he was pulled. Brent Johnson allowed a goal on the first shot against him and then made four saves before allowing a second goal. As for the scoring, Danny Briere had two goals and an assist for the Flyers. Matt Read and Maxime Talbot scored two goals as well. Jaromir Jagr had three assists. James Neal scored two goals and had an assist for the Penguins before being kicked out of the game in the third period.

The Flyers have history on their side going into game four of the series (and beyond, if necessary). Philadelphia is 17-0 all-time when leading a series 2-0.

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