The Pittsburgh Penguins took control of Game 5 in the second period at Consol Energy Center, scoring two goals on Ilya Bryzgalov and taking their first lead of the night. Pittsburgh tallied two goals in the first ten minutes of the period and then killed off a late interference penalty on Evgeni Malkin. After showing some frustration at times in the first period, it was a relatively clean second and Dan Bylsma's club will have all the momentum coming out of the second intermission with a 3-2 lead.
The Pens tied it at 2-2 by turning up the pressure and making a concerted effort to play faster. With the puck nearly 200 feet away from the Flyers' goal, Kris Letang made a long pass from deep in the zone to Tyler Kennedy, who was set up in the neutral zone. Kennedy posted up against Braydon Coburn and redirected the puck to Jordan Staal as he went streaking past. Stall carried it into an open zone with room to rip a shot over the glove of Ilya Bryzgalov. The goal was Staal's sixth of the series, coming off a hat-trick in Game 3 and a two-goal game in Game 4. It was almost the exact same shot Staal put past Sergei Bobrovsky just two nights ago. Video of the Game 5 goal below:
Pittsburgh would add another goal and take their first lead of the night a little more than three minutes after Staal's score. Kennedy rifled a slap shot past Bryzgalov, catching the Flyers on at the end of a long shift. A lane opened up as they Flyers tried to change, and Kennedy filled it and buried it in the top left corner of the net. Video of the goal below:
Marc-Andre Fleury was solid in the second period, with a couple impressive kick saves to hold the Flyers at two. The Pens will look to ride their netminder over the final 20 minutes to get their second straight win of the series.
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