Jordan Staal Absolutely on Fire
(4/21/12) The Pittsburgh "role players" stepped up in Game 5 to help the Penguins stay alive in their best-of-seven shoot out with the Flyers. It was a relatively low-scoring affair; the Pens won 3-2.
Jordan Staal scored a carbon-copy goal from one of his three in Game 4, when he took a stretch pass and broke in on a two-on-one, roofing the puck top corner on a statue-esque Bryzgalov. Staal is currently playing his best hockey - remember, he set a career high for goals this season, despite missing 20 games due to injury. He has 6 goals and 9 points in the 5 games thus far.
Tyler Kennedy scored the GWG on a slap shot that also went top corner over Bryzgalov. Staal and Kennedy both finished with 1G and 1A, while Steve Sullivan scored a PPG for the Pens, with James Neal - back from suspension - getting an assist on the play.
For the Flyers, Scott Hartnell (37 goals in the regular season) amazingly scored just his first goal of the series. It was a PPG, set up by Giroux and Briere. Considering all of scoring that's gone on in this series, it is apparent that Hartnell is capable of doing more.
Looking forward: although extremely rare (it's only been done 3 times in NHL history), the Penguins are definitely capable of coming all the way back. They will need to squeak out a third-straight win in Philly on Sunday (12pm EST/9am PST), and then Game 7 would go on Tuesday. For Philadelphia, they continue to need just one more win. A couple breaks and they could quickly advance to the second round.