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NHL Playoffs 2012: Last Night in the East (April 22)

Philadelphia Flyers 5 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Flyers Win Series 4-2)
The Philadelphia Flyers crushed Pittsburgh Penguins hopes for extending their NHL Playoffs 2012 series to a seventh game and a chance to move onto the next round yesterday.

Philadelphia was pretty dominate right out of the gate with star forward Claude Giroux landing a good, clean hit on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and setting a tone for the rest of the game just seconds into it with the first goal coming from Giroux mere seconds after that (:32).  The rest is pretty much a blur, but Pittsburgh reverted back to their old, flawed ways they’ve been reduced to in this series as well as by the Flyers in the regular season.  And Philadelphia was more than happy to take full advantage of those flaws — one of the biggest being the Penguins penalty kill which was no where near the level it was during the regular season.

“Even if you’ve given up one, you can get a big penalty kill and it can be the difference in a game,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “I think that was a big thing about this series, we did not get that penalty kill.”

There will no longer be a Game 7 for a chance at #PensIn7 and the Flyers have a break from the ice until the remaining Eastern Conference teams battle through the rest of the best-of-seven series.

Boston Bruins 4 vs. Washington Capitals 3 Overtime (Series Tied at 3)
The Boston Bruins were also facing elimination last night.  But they played a hard-fought game for a win over the Washington Capitals to stay in the playoffs and take it to a deciding Game 7.

“You expect your team to show the experience that they’ve gained in the past,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “I said that tonight before Game 6. When you go through those kinds of situation, you can handle those a lot better.”

Rich Peverly started in off for Boston with a goal at 5:56 of the first period and it was pretty much an exchange of goals between the two teams for the rest of regulation.  Washington captain Alex Ovechkin scored with less than five minutes left in the third period to tie the game at 3 which eventually led to the match going into overtime.

Tyler Seguin scored the game-winning goal 3:17 into overtime for Boston.

“This series I’ve had a lot of chances and opportunities and I haven’t been finishing them off,” Seguin said. “It’s just really nice to get that feeling of finding the back of the net.”

#8 Ottawa at #1 New York (Series tied at 3) 7:00 PM EST on NBCSN

In the West:
#3 Phoenix at #6 Chicago (Phoenix leads the series 3-2) 9:00 PM EST on CNBC

Previous Posts (East):
Last Night in the East (April 11)
Last Night in the East (April 16)
Last Night in the East (April 17)
Last Night in the East (April 18)
Last Night in the East (April 19)

Previous Posts (West):
Last Night in the West (April 11)
Last Night in the West (April 12)
Last Night in the West (April 13)
Last Night in the West (April 14)
Last Night in the West (April 15)
Last Night in the West (April 16)
Last Night in the West (April 17)
Last Night in the West (April 18)
Last Night in the West (April 19)

Last Night in the West (April 20)