NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 3
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jeff Carter scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Simon Gagne netted a pair of tallies to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3, at Mellon Arena.
Mike Richards, Michal Handzus and Mike Knuble each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Antero Niittymaki's 27 saves also helped the Flyers avenge a 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh Wednesday night.
Sidney Crosby, Zigmund Palffy, and Erik Christensen all scored for the Penguins, who have lost three of their last four games. Palffy also had an assist, his 15th of the year, and Jocelyn Thibault allowed five goals on 28 shots in the loss.
"They were just in a defensive mode," said Crosby. "It was obvious to us they were chipping pucks and keeping it real simple. Anytime the puck was in their end, they were getting rid of it."
The Flyers held a one-goal lead three times in the contest only to see the Penguins battle back.
However, 1:49 into the third, the Flyers took the lead for good on Carter's goal. The center carried the puck into the zone and fired a shot from the left circle. Thibault thought he made the save in his chest area, but the disc fell out and sat to the left side of the goal. Carter then glided in and swatted the puck into the net for the lead.
Just 41 seconds later, Handzus would pickup the puck just outside the offensive blue line, skate in, and fire a shot that beat Thibault for a 5-3 lead, and Knuble's empty-net goal capped the scoring with 18 seconds left.
"The first two (periods) were okay," said Flyers center Peter Forsberg, "but in the third we outworked them and got a couple of goals."
The Flyers, despite their 12 wins on the season, won for only the third time in seven road games (3-3-1).
Gagne's first goal came 6:13 into the opening frame. Kim Johnsson started the scoring play as he found Forsberg with a pass at the Penguin blue line. Forsberg then flipped a quick pass to Knuble, who in turn slide the puck to Gagne in the left circle. Gagne then fired a quick shot that beat a sprawling Thibault.
Pittsburgh capitalized on the power play to tie the game at the 9:28 mark. Mario Lemieux controlled deep in the left side and he found John LeClair with a bouncing pass. LeClair then backhanded a cross-ice pass as two Flyers converged on him to Crosby below the right circle, who one-timed it past Niittymaki.
Philadelphia would regain the lead 3:19 into the second on Richards' fourth goal of the season, but the Penguins would again tie it on Palffy's goal at the 12:03 mark of the second.
The Flyers would net a shorthanded goal for a 3-2 lead with 3:36 left in the second. With Mike Rathje off for tripping, Gagne took possession up the right side, carried into the zone, and flipped a shot that hit off Penguin Mark Recchi's stick and into the goal. It was Gagne's 20th goal of the season.
Pittsburgh countered on the same power play however, as Christensen ripped a shot from the top of the right circle that beat Niittymaki glove side nine seconds later, tying the game once again.
Crosby recorded his 10th goal of the season, while Lemieux now has 13 assists...Forsberg tallied his 29th assist on Gagne's first goal. The two each had an assist on Knuble's empty-net goal, giving Forsberg 30 for the year...Philadelphia finished 0-for-6 on the power play. Pittsburgh converted twice on seven chances...The Penguins had the shot edge at 30-29...Pittsburgh has only won twice at home in 10 games (2-5-3).
11/19 23:38:37 ET