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2012 NFL Playoffs, Flyers Vs. Penguins Game 4: Pittsburgh Takes 4-3 First Period Lead

Goals were not hard to come by in the first period of Game 4 between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, neither were penalties. Philadelphia scored three times with the man advantage, compared to just one for their cross-state rivals, but it did not matter, at least not in the first period. The Penguins took a 4-3 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes of play.

Claude Giroux put the Flyers on top with a power play goal less than two minutes into the game. Evgeni Malkin evened the score two minutes later with the first of his two goals in the period. The two teams combined for four goals in the last five minutes of the period. Pittsburgh tied it on Malkin's second goal, and Jordan Staal gave them the lead with two and a half minutes to play.

Goaltending, or lack thereof, was the real story, as you can see from Ilya Bryzgalov's confusion on Staal's goal.



The Flyers' goalie stopped 11 of 15 shots. Marc Andre Fleury turned away eight of 11.

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