Penguins 6, Flyers 0
What it means: The Penguins are the first team to advance to the Stanley Cup finals, which means the NHL's signature player, Sidney Crosby, will be competing for his first Cup at 20.
Turning point: If there was one beyond the opening faceoff, the Flyers started the second period with a few good power-play chances, thanks to a high-sticking penalty by Ryan Malone, and then had another chance when a rebound try hit Marc-Andre Fleury's pads. It would have cut the Penguins' lead to 2-1. Moments later Marian Hossa's blast beat Marty Biron for a 3-0 lead.
Take a dive: That's what Biron should have done when his stick was trapped behind the net by Malone to set up the Penguins' second first-period goal. Without a stick, having lost track of the puck, he was easy pickins. A minute later, Fleury threw himself to the ice as Hartnell pursued a puck, resulting in the second "it looked like something therefore it is" penalty on the Flyers that period. Pittsburgh's first goal came via a power play after Hossa lost his footing along the boards and fell across Mike Knuble's stick.
You know it's a rough day when . . . Mike Richards is more of a goat than a hero. He was uncharacteristically sloppy with the puck on several occasions and had it plucked from him by Sidney Crosby to initiate Pittsburgh's third and arguably most lethal scoring rush.
What's next: Decisions on unrestricted free agents Vinny Prospal, Jason Smith. Also have to sign restricted free agents Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger, Randy Jones.
- Sam Donnellon