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47-27-8
Philadelphia
Flyers
42-29-11

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40 SOG
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game recap

Flyers 8, Penguins 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 8, Penguins 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Philadelphia Flyers 8

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Joffrey Lupul's two quick goals got him on a fast track for the Flyers' first hat trick at home in two years. R.J. Umberger made the fans' wait much shorter for another one.

Lupul notched a hat trick and had six points, and Umberger added three goals and five points to snap Philadelphia's five-game winless skid at home and lift the Flyers to an 8-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

"That doesn't happen anymore," Lupul said.

Taking a few extra minutes to sweep off the hats from a pair of three-goal performances were about the only thing that slowed down the Flyers.

"The puck just bounced our way and we were there to finish," Umberger said.

Lupul had the first six-point game for a Flyer since Eric Lindros on March 1, 1997, against Toronto. The Flyers also had two players with a hat trick in the same game for the first time since Tim Kerr and Dave Poulin each had three goals against the Islanders on Dec. 18, 1986.

The Flyers improved to 3-0 this season against their Atlantic Division rival, a needed turnaround after an 0-8 mark against the Penguins last year. The Flyers also won their first home game since they improved to 6-0 at the Wachovia Center with a win over the Islanders on Nov. 12.

"We definitely have a chip on our shoulder and it's not just the guys that were here last year," Umberger said. "I think the guys that have come in know exactly what happened and they don't want to be a part of that."

Sidney Crosby assisted on both goals for the Penguins, who ended a four-game winning streak. Ryan Whitney and Petr Sykora scored goals in the first period that tied the score at 2.

A flurry of fights seemed to spark the Flyers and send the Penguins into a postgame snit. Flyers coach John Stevens complained about Pittsburgh's rough play late in the third when the game was already out of reach, and there was a combined total of 156 penalty minutes.

"I think we're back to playing Flyers hockey and challenging them," Umberger said.

Penguins coach Michael Therrien accused the Flyers of playing with a lack of respect.

"Are we talking about the same team that got five guys suspended this year? Is that the same team?" he said.

There was a fight only 20 seconds in the game and some hard hits and scuffles throughout that the crowd absolutely loved. Pittsburgh's Colby Amstrong and Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell each received game misconducts in the third for a lengthy brawl.

The Flyers faithful rode Crosby hard, booing the Penguins captain every time he touched the puck.

"I think we had to stick up for each other at one point," Crosby said. "They have a lot of guys who play physical and probably take it beyond physical sometimes but beyond that I think it's just sticking up for one another."

The Flyers scored five goals against goalie Dany Sabourin before he was yanked for Ty Conklin to start the third.

Lupul scored the first two goals, one in the third and assisted on all three of Philadelphia's goals in the second period. Lupul, who started the game with six goals and 17 points, had his best game as a Flyer and arguably his finest since he scored four goals for Anaheim in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against Colorado in 2006.

Lupul started the scoring only 1:11 into the game when he took a perfect pass from Umberger for a one-timer past Sabourin. He scored goal No. 2 only 2 1/2 minutes later when he fired a slap shot from the slot that sent an already fired-up crowd into a frenzy.

Lupul capped the Flyers second hat trick of the season - first at home - when he knocked in a rebound in front of the crease that made it 6-2 and the hats were hurled onto the ice.

"It's special, but when it's 6-2, they don't mean a lot," Lupul said. "The two in the first period felt better than the one in the third period."

Crosby tried to rally his team in the first when he set up two Penguins goals that tied the game at 2.

Umberger scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season early in the second for a 4-2 lead and the Flyers took control from there. He added his third goal with 2:12 left in the game.

Mike Knuble added his ninth goal late in the third for a 5-2 lead. Braydon Coburn's second goal of the year in the third made it 7-2 for the Flyers, who had the most goals scored against Pittsburgh this year.

Notes: Flyers D Derian Hatcher sat out with a sore right knee. Hatcher had surgery on the knee in the fall to drain fluid build up. The fluid returned and the Flyers listed Hatcher as day to day. ... Flyers C Mike Richards earned his 100th career point on Umberger's first goal. ... The Flyers said they will induct former G Ron Hextall into their Hall of Fame in February.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:11
PHI
Joffrey Lupul (7) ASST: R.J. Umberger (13), Mike Richards (18)
1 - 0 PHI
03:44
PHI
Joffrey Lupul (8) ASST: Braydon Coburn (9), Mike Richards (19)
2 - 0 PHI
12:39
PIT
PPG - Ryan Whitney (6) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (20), Sidney Crosby (27)
2 - 1 PHI
14:28
PIT
PPG - Petr Sykora (11) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (25), Sidney Crosby (28)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
08:10
PHI
R.J. Umberger (4) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (12), Mike Richards (20)
3 - 2 PHI
10:10
PHI
R.J. Umberger (5) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (13), Jason Smith (3)
4 - 2 PHI
19:50
PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (9) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (14), Kimmo Timonen (13)
5 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
04:07
PHI
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (9) ASST: Mike Knuble (9), Daniel Briere (19)
6 - 2 PHI
06:09
PHI
PPG - Braydon Coburn (2) ASST: R.J. Umberger (14), Randy Jones (10)
7 - 2 PHI
17:48
PHI
PPG - R.J. Umberger (6) ASST: Ryan Potulny (1)
8 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:20
PHI
Jason Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Malone
00:20
PIT
Ryan Malone  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Smith
12:13
PHI
Ryan Potulny  Slashing against  Gary Roberts
13:46
PHI
Jeff Carter  Interference against  Gary Roberts
18:51
PIT
Petr Sykora  Roughing against  Mike Richards
2nd Period
02:24
PIT
Gary Roberts  Hi-sticking against  Scott Hartnell
03:33
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Roughing against  Daniel Briere
14:10
PHI
Lasse Kukkonen  Holding against  Erik Christensen
14:10
PIT
Erik Christensen  Roughing against  Lasse Kukkonen
14:52
PHI
Randy Jones  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
19:02
PIT
Kris Letang  Roughing against  Scottie Upshall
19:02
PIT
Kris Letang  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Scottie Upshall
3rd Period
03:02
PIT
Georges Laraque  Roughing against  Ben Eager
03:02
PIT
Georges Laraque  Roughing against  Ben Eager
03:02
PIT
Gary Roberts  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
03:02
PHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Gary Roberts
06:01
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:19
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Roughing against  Mike Richards
09:50
PIT
Georges Laraque  Cross checking against  Rory Fitzpatrick
12:20
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Slashing against  Ryan Potulny
13:49
PHI
Jeff Carter  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ryan Whitney
13:49
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Game misconduct against  Colby Armstrong
13:49
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Game misconduct against  Scott Hartnell
13:49
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj) against  Colby Armstrong
13:49
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Hartnell
13:49
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Fighting (maj) against  Jeff Carter
13:49
PHI
Jeff Carter  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Whitney
13:49
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jeff Carter
16:47
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Misconduct (10 min) against  Denis Tolpeko
16:47
PHI
Denis Tolpeko  Misconduct (10 min) against  Evgeni Malkin
16:47
PIT
Georges Laraque  Misconduct (10 min) against  Martin Biron
16:47
PIT
Georges Laraque  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Biron
19:00
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Ryan Potulny
19:00
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ryan Potulny
goalie stats
Dany Sabourin
SA: 25TOI: 39:56
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Ty Conklin
SA: 15TOI: 20:00
Saves: 12EV: 5 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
SA: 22TOI: 59:51
Saves: 20EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .909SH: 2 - 2