Pittsburgh, PA – Sean Couturier's first three career playoff goals, the final one coming with 1:49 left in regulation, helped the Philadelphia Flyers post an 8-5 comeback victory over Pittsburgh in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal from CONSOL Energy Center.
Couturier's hat trick was the first for the franchise in the postseason since Keith Primeau in 2004, and the first by a rookie since Andy Delmore turned the trick in May of 2000 against the Pens.
Claude Giroux totaled six points on three goals and three helpers for the Flyers, who took a 2-0 series edge with Game 3 scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.
Ilya Bryzgalov picked up the win despite allowing five goals on 28 shots.
Chris Kunitz scored twice, while Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Paul Martin tallied once for the Penguins, who wasted a 3-1 first-period lead.
Marc-Andre Fleury was dented for seven scores on 30 shots in the setback.