Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins were looking for their second win in a row last night against their arch rival the Philly Flyers. These matchups are always rough and tumble with lots of opportunities both ways and This game was no different. The Pens would use a huge third period to come back from 3-1 and 4-3, and finally complete the comeback in overtime. The final score in Pittsburgh , Pens 5 Flyers 4.
Jake Guentzel was on fire during the game scoring twice including the games first goal to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh would then give 3 goals up in the second period along with an avalanche of shots that hit posts. Pens were outshot in the period 16-14 but 5 other shots hit the posts around Both Murray and later Jarry.
Down 3-1, the Pens would get a power play goal by Patric Hornqvist in the manner in which he delivers and that is, in front of the net. Then Bryan Rust would flip one beyond Elliot to tie the game. After buzzing around Elliot for a few minutes more, the Flyers would take advantage of one of their few opportunities in the third and score to regain the lead right back.
The Pens would use the final few minutes to put immense pressure on the Flyers Goalie. He would eventually succumb to that pressure and with less than a minute to play. The Penguins pulled their goalie to gain the advantage and they used that advantage well as Jake Guentzel would get a dirty goal of his own. Jake would take a rebound off his stomach into the net behind Elliot to tie the game again at 4.
The two goals by Guentzel tied him for the team lead with Phil Kessel.
Pittsburgh would continue to hammer Elliot, so much so that in desperation the Flyers defense would try to clear the puck and commit a penalty flipping it into the stands. That penalty would give the Pens a man advantage with less than :20 seconds in regulation and carry over into the overtime.
Just after that penalty would expire in overtime, Sidney Crosby would tip in a Kris Letang drive to give the Pens a 5-4 win in overtime.
The Pens outshot the Flyers 52-32 including a 19-4 margin in that third period. To say they were dominant would be and understatement. Although, when they gave up an opportunity last night, it was wide open and it seemed like the Flyers would either score or hit the post.
Matt Murray left the game in the second period after the Flyer’s Voracek would lose his edge right in front of the net slamming into Murray and driving him into the posts. It looked as if the back of his knee or leg struck the post. He had to have help off the ice as he was not able to put any weight on the leg or ankle. It was described after the game as a “lower body injury.”
Quotes: Mike Sullivan said “Matt will be evaluated on Tuesday. Obviously out with a lower body injury. That is where that is.” He went on to say… “Tristan Jarry is a Solid Goalie. I think the game he played against Tampa is exactly what he is capable of. If that is the case, he is going to have to make timely saves for us.”
When asked about Hagelin, he said that his last two games were “two of his better games of year.” “He is at his best when he is using his speed. He and Rust are both effective when using their speed.”
He also said something very telling. He said that ”this game there was plenty of evidence that when we play the game the right way, we can have success, and when we get away from it, we become VERY ORDINARY!”
Does not get any more plain than that.