NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh|
(Saturday, April 12th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Streit's errant pass hit the back of
the net with 2:50 remaining in overtime and lifted the Philadelphia Flyers
over the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Streit skated up the right wing, in a 2-on-2 with Sean Couturier trailing on
the opposite side. He attempted to backhand the puck across ice, but the disc
deflected off a Pens defender's stick then found its way through Marc-Andre
Fleury for the game decider.
"It was another big game, it's always a big rivalry," Streit said. "It was
like to the point where I really couldn't believe it. We got the lead twice
and then they scored and it was up and down and you're like, 'Wow, great, we
got it,' and five seconds later they tie it up. So, it was a crazy game, but
great for the fans. We got a little lucky at the end, but that's how it works
Jakub Voracek netted the first two goals and Claude Giroux the other in
regulation for the Flyers, who locked up the third seed in the Metropolitan
Division and are heading to a first-round matchup with the Rangers.
New York completes its regular season in Montreal later Saturday, while
Philadelphia hosts Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Mason departed the game after two periods with an upper-body injury
after stopping 21-of-22 shots, and was denied a career-best 34th victory in
his 300th career game. Ray Emery picked up the win despite allowing two shaky
goals over 22:10 of action.
James Neal totaled a goal and two assists for the Penguins, while Jussi
Jokinen also tallied and Kris Letang sent the game to the extra session on a
Fleury ended up with only 17 saves in defeat as Pittsburgh, which ends its
regular season by hosting Ottawa on Sunday, will take on Columbus in the first
"I think just to follow up this performance from today. As a whole, we want to
feel good about our game," Pens captain Crosby said. "I think there were some
things from today that I think were good. For a game that doesn't move us
anywhere, it didn't have a lot of bearing on us, we came with the right
attitude, the right mindset."
Voracek appeared to be walled off along the left-wing boards near the blue
line, then spun towards the slot and threw a pass into the middle of the ice
where Giroux calmly redirected it home with 1:15 to play to give the visitors
a 3-2 lead.
Fleury was summoned to the bench from the ensuing faceoff, and Letang followed
up a Neal miss at the left pipe and stuck a backhander off the right post with
Emery then stood firm to deny Letang on a shot in close just over a minute
"I'm just trying to get back into it," Letang said about getting up to speed
after a 10-week absence recovering from a stroke. "The result is
disappointing, but I think we played a good game overall. "I think if we go
into the playoffs that way, we're going to win games."
Jokinen opened up the scoring two minutes after the drop of the puck, as he
converted a Neal pass from between the circles to finish off a 3-on-2 break.
The Flyers' first best chance of the first period came when Streit was set up
by Giroux in the slot but clanged a shot off the post inside of five minutes
Voracek eventually evened the score, on a weaving rush from the right wing
into the slot, where be beat Fleury through the pads with a low shot at 17:09
to cap a power play.
Pittsburgh was given a lengthy 5-on-3 after Mason and Adam Hall were whistled
for infractions 26 seconds apart but failed to convert. Mason stopped three
shots on the two-man disadvantage and his defense checked away the remaining
Despite a 15-4 shot disadvantage, Philly ended up leading 2-1 with 5:22
left, as a fluttering shot from the left-wing boards by Giroux hit Scott
Hartnell in the crease, trickled through Fleury and was tapped over the line
The Czech winger recorded his fifth multi-goal effort of the season and 11th
in his career.
"It's a typical Penguins game I think," Giroux said. "I think in the second
period, they played a good game and we were waiting to see what they're doing
and we kind of snapped out of it and started playing a little bit better."
Neal managed to sneak one through the crook of Emery's arm from the right
circle with 5:07 left in regulation and the hosts evened the score at 2-2.
Philadelphia won four of five in the season series ... Voracek and Giroux each
finished with three points, while Hartnell was credited with a pair of assists
... Including the postseason, the Flyers improved to 11-2-1 all-time in the
Penguins' new arena, which opened in October of 2010 ... Until Crosby's assist
on Neal's marker, he had endured nine scoreless periods over parts of four
games against Philly dating back to November ... With nothing on the line, the
Penguins sat defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Chris Kunitz ... In
anticipation of the upcoming playoffs, the Flyers rested defensemen Kimmo
Timonen and Nicklas Grossmann, inserted Erik Gustafsson and Hal Gill into the
lineup after a 45-game absence as a healthy scratch.
04/12 21:39:25 ET