The Pittsburgh Penguins vs the Philadelphia Flyers went head to head in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round in a quest for the Stanley Cup. The Odds Makers favorite Penguins shut out the Flyers 7-0. Sidney Crosby scored a hat trick which was the third time in the playoffs for Crosby. Bryan Rust, Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin and Jake Guentzel also scored. Goalie Matt Murray had 24 saves for his third straight shut out. The Penguins have won by seven four other times in the betting odds playoffs. Pittsburgh had 33 shots on goal, 27 hits and 24 blocks.
The Flyers starting goalie Brian Elliott left in the second period after allowing 5 goals on 19 shots. His replacement Petr Mrazek made 12 saves on 14 shots. Philadelphia had 24 shots on goal, 39 hits and 13 blocks. The Flyers will look to regroup for Game 2 at PPG Arena and even up the odds makers series before heading home for Game 3. The Vegas odds makers favorite Pittsburgh Penguins are listed at -1 ½(+125) and the road dog Flyers listed at +1 ½(-145). For the over/under bettor the game total is listed at 6(-105)u 6(-115)o.
The Flyers will start Brian Elliott in Game 2 of the best of 7 series. He is a fighter and is capable of a much better show than his Game 1 performance. The Penguins will go with Matt Murray who has been unstoppable in the playoffs. If Murray holds the Flyers to another shutout he will be the first in history with four consecutive playoff shutouts. Can the Flyers even up the series or will the Penguins head into Game 3 in Philadelphia with a two game lead?