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Pens Outscore Flyers 5-4 in Philadelphia

Sidney Crosby has been on fire since returning to the ice a couple of games ago.  He scored once in his first game back and the Pens seized control of that game.   He scored again in his second game and it was a very big goal.  Tonight in Philly, the Pens once again went down 2-0 early in the first when Sidney Crosby went to work.  He scored twice in the first period, once on the power play to tie the game.  The Pens and Flyers would go back and forth until late in the 3rd period when the Pittsburgh would finally salt this game away.  Final score in Philadelphia, Pens 5 Flyers 4.

The Pens would get a big first period from Sidney Crosby to not only jump start his team with a great side angle goal above the glove hand to cut the lead in half.  He would then score a power play goal to tie the game.   With just minutes left in the first period, it was Flyers 2 Crosby 2.   Those two goals gave him 35 for his career against the Flyers.  The Flyers have given up more goals to Crosby than any other player in the history of Hockey.

Moments after Sid scored the second goal Matt Cullen would score on a wrap around to give the Pens a 3-2 lead in the first period.

The Flyers came out and were the better team for the first 9 minutes of the period.  In that 10th minute, the Pens would extend the lead as Chris Kunitz would make a nice play at the blue line,  feed the puck over to Phil Kessel, who would then pass it to Malkin who would buried it behind the new goalie Michal Neuvirth.   The first three goals the Pens scored came against Mason.   Mason was did not come out for the second period.

The Pens out shot the Flyers 13-12 in the first period, but the Flyers were much stronger during the second period and third periods.  Although the Pens were the team that would cash in first during the second period.  After peppering Fleury early in the second, The Flyers would finally cash in when  Simmons would feed Claude Giroux for a one timer past Fleury.   It would be Giroux’s first goal of the season, his 7th point on the campaign.  The play would be reviewed for off sides but in the end it was inconclusive.

A couple of minutes later Voracek would score on a penalty shot on Fleury after Dumoulin would get called for  a fairly obvious  penalty on a breakaway.    The goal would tie the game at that point.

The third period would come not a moment too soon for the Pens as they were out shot 14-5 in the second.  As mentioned they were clearly out played and gave up way too many power play opportunities.

In the third period, we saw more of the same from the Flyers and Pens as Philadelphia would once again out shoot the Pens.  But it would be the Pens that would get the 5th goal of the game to give Pittsburgh a 5-4 lead in the game.  Evgeni Malkin would score his second goal of the game on a pass from Olli Maatta.

Late in the third period the Flyers would pull their goalie with 1:36 left.  During the final minute and a half, the Pens generated more shots on goal than the Flyers although Philly would out shoot the Pens 42-27 overall.

The Pens defense as a whole was not sharp and the dumb penalties continue to plague the Pens. The win gives the Pens the lead in the Metroplitan division with 6-2-1 record.  Tonight was the first road win for the Pens in their first 3 tries.

Notes: Kris Letang is getting Closer to playing, but he is not there yet.   Matt Murray is still dressing as the back up but has not started as of yet.   Fleury started his 9th game in a row, the most he has started since 2006-2007 when he started 11 straight.  Coming into tonight’s game, Kessel and Giroux were tied for power play points with 6.  Kessel has 3 goals and 3 assists and Giroux had 6 assists.  Both Kessel and Giroux would score a point tonight on the power play.


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