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Flyers take delight in pummeling Penguins

The Sports Xchange

--The Flyers are 54-41 all-time in playoff series and advanced out of the first round for the 22nd time and third year in a row. This was their first series win over Pittsburgh since the 2000 conference semifinal. It broke a streak of two consecutive series victories for the Penguins, which makes it a little bit sweeter.

"It does," center Danny Briere said. "I'm not going to deny that. They tried to get us off our game in many ways. They took a lot of shots. I'm not saying we're angels here -- we did some of it probably as well. But a lot of time when they were getting frustrated and took liberties on us, we did a really good job at turning our back and walking away, just taking it for the team, and that went a long way."

--Special teams are key in the postseason, and the Flyers are sure taking advantage of the power play. The Flyers scored on 12 of 23 power plays in the six-game series against Pittsburgh for a 52.3 efficiency rate. That is tops in the playoffs by roughly a 20 percent margin. The 12 goals breaks the franchise record of 11, set in the 1989 division final against Pittsburgh.

"We played the whole year with the same power play pretty much," said C Claude Giroux, who had two of the 12. "We kind of know what the other guys are going to do and we support each other pretty good. We try to put pucks on net and (Wayne) Simmonds is probably the best to get the garbage in front of the net -- he puts everything in the net, and (Scott Hartnell has) strong stick. They make our jobs easier, those two guys. They're playing great."

"He told me before the puck even dropped, about 10 seconds before they dropped the puck, he came over and he told me, 'Watch the first shift.' And when he did, I didn't even know what to say to him. He's been our leader all year, and once again he took another step in that direction." -- C Danny Briere on C Claude Giroux, who had one goal and two assists in Game 6 and scored the game's first goal 32 seconds into the contest.

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