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Flyers Vs. Penguins, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Pittsburgh Leads 4-3 After Sloppy First Period

Game Four of the playoff series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Phildelphia Flyers got off to a quick start when Claude Giroux scored on a power-play with just over a minute into the game. The Flyers took the early 1-0 lead, but the Penguins were able to quickly answer back and tie the game on a Evgeni Malkin goal.

Not too much longer after the Penguins tied the game they took the lead on a power-play goal by Matt Niskanen gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead. The goal was assisted by Sidney Crosby and Steve Sullivan, as Niskanen put the puck in the net from a good ways out.

As expected, the game is high tempo to open up the game. The Penguins found themselves in a familiar situation however, holding an early lead only to see it evaporate quickly. The Flyers were able to pick up back to back power-play goals. The first one was by Kimmo Timonen followed up by Jakub Voracek to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead.

The Penguins answered once again to tie up the game as Evgeni Malkin picked up his second goal of the game, this time assisted by Sidney Crosby. In a series that has had a ridiculous amount of goals, the Penguins weren't finished as Jordan Staal picked up a goal giving the Pens a 4-3 lead.

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