Flyers beat Penguins 5-1 to win series

By Dan Gelston

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 22 2012 1:06 p.m. MDT

Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier, left, takes Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin off the puck near the Flyers' net during the first period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Philadelphia.

Tom Mihalek, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux wrapped up a dominant series with his sixth goal, Ilya Bryzgalov had his first outstanding effort in net and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Sunday to win their Eastern Conference opening-round series in six games.

Giroux scored only 32 seconds into the game, and the Flyers rolled from there. In a series where no lead was safe, the Flyers scored the first three goals and made it stand behind stout defense and stellar play out of Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov allowed 20 goals in the first five games. He settled down in Game 6 and gave up only Evgeni Malkin's goal in the second period.

The Flyers stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series before the Penguins won two straight.

The Flyers finished off the 108-point Penguins and wait to find out who they play in the next round.

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