The Pittsburgh Penguins showed they are not to be messed with, as they completely destroyed the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0 in the first game of the Eastern Conference first round matchup last night.
Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott has only played two regular-season games since returning from core-muscle surgery as he missed almost two months of the regular calendar before returning in time for Game 1. However, now people cannot be so sure he is back up to form as the Penguins were up 3-0 by the end of the first period.
While the final score of the first game between the Pennsylvania rivals was brutal, nothing was more brutal than Flyers former netminder Ilya Bryzgalov in front of his keyboard during the game. The former goalie, who has quite the roller-coaster career in the NHL, did not waste time to offer his services to the Flyers following the first period of the game.
After all, the Russian goalie is technically still part of the Flyers' payroll, as Philadelphia bought out his contract back in 2013. Bryzgalov is still getting $1,6 millions from the Flyers until 2026-2027. They could make good use of him after all, no?
It is no the first time this season Bryzgalov uses social media to offer his goaltending services to a team in need. Back on March 30, as the Chicago Blackhawks were struggling to find a proper replacement to Corer Crawford, who missed most of the season with vertigo and post-concussions symptoms, Bryzgalov also tweeted out an offer to the Hawks to come and play for them.
The Flyers did not pay attention to Bryzgalov's tweet after the first period and Elliott started the second period and allowed five goals on 19 shots before getting pulled for Petr Mrázek. However, the fifth goal came courtesy of more spectacular hand-eye coordination from Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby. It was hard to put the blame entirely on Elliott here as not only was Crosby relatively uncontested in front of the net, but it's also the kind of tip in that would have beaten a lot of goalies in the National Hockey League.
The Penguins defeated the Flyers 7-0 to take the lead 1-0 in the series, with Crosby earning his third career postseason hat trick.