Craig Berube must fuel his players with the bottled tears of Pittsburgh Penguins fans. That's the only explanation for this remarkable run at the Consol Energy Center.
The Flyers held Pittsburgh to just seven total chances while cranking out 17 of their own. Even with copious opportunities on the man advantage, the orange and black did most of their damage at even strength.
Home/Away Chance Locations
If you look closely, you can see Steve Mason reclining on lawn chair in the crease, lazily sipping a tropical cocktail. A paltry few Penguins shots came from the danger areas in the slot.
Almost half of the Flyers even strength chances came from the top line. Even without reaping rewards in the point column, that level of territorial dominance has a huge impact on the game. Forcing the Pens to play the majority of the game in their own zone is never a bad thing.
Goal scoring came from the depth lines, which saw spurts of effectiveness throughout the game. In particular, an impromptu combination of Michael Raffl, Sean Couturier, and Vinny Lecavalier gave the Penguins fits in the third period.
More concentrated awesomeness from the top line when we dig deeper into the match ups. Giroux took advantage of a match up against a vastly inferior center in Brandon Sutter.
Strong showings from the Grossmann/Streit and Colaiacovo/Manning pairings highlight a surprisingly strong night for the Flyers usually much maligned defense.
Set Up - The primary pass on a scoring chance, including rebounds.
Chance - The primary shot on a scoring chance, including deflections.
Involved - The sum of both set ups and chances.
Michael Raffl deserves to be singled out for a fantastic individual performance. He was a chance generating machine on not one, but two different lines.
Also of note was a quality performance from Vinny Lecavalier. After a long season spent languishing in the dog house, no one would blame Vinny for not giving a damn. To his credit, he jumped back into the lineup and made a noticeable difference on the ice.