DOOMED IN THE THIRD The Flyers-Penguins game entered the third period as one would expect.
A close, tied game at 3-3 with each team trailing then counter-punching.
The last 20 minutes did not go that way for the Flyers at all.
"I wasn’t happy with the first shift, it seemed like we were – they come hard with the two man fore-check and we turned the puck over a couple times," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.
"We had a chance to slow it down and eat it, we didn’t, and spit it back out. We ended up – they kept that cycle going, the extended cycle and were able to cash one in there but the start of the third wasn’t a good start.”
The Penguins came out and potted two goals in quick succession to give the Pens a two-goal advantage, while out-shooting the Flyers 15-8 in the final frame, firing the same amount of shots as they had through the first two periods combined.
In fact, the Flyers allowed Pittsburgh just eight shots on goal through the first 28 minutes of the game.
"It was 3-3 going into the third, we have to find a way to get some goals to win and it didn't happen," added Claude Giroux, who kept pace with Evgeni Malkin in the scoring race with an assist.
The loss ends the Flyers recent string of home games since the All-Star break (8 of 10) and the club will now pack up for their longest road trip of the year with a four-game road trip in the span of 10 days through Western Canada and San Jose.
|Today was Jaromir Jagr’s 117th career two-goal game. His last came on December 2 vs. Anaheim. |
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the last 5-on-3 goal against the Flyers was on March 9, 1993 at NYI when Benoit Hogue scored into an empty net at 19:59 of the third period. The last 5-on-3 goal allowed by the Flyers that was not an empty-net goal was Dec. 28, 1979 at Winnipeg, scored by Jude Drouin at 4:52 of the first period.
Also per Elias, there has only been one other occasion where the Flyers have allowed two shorthanded goals within two minutes of one another: Jan. 30, 1969 vs. Chicago when the Blackhawks scored two shorthanded goals in the span of 1:01 in the first period (Stan Mikita at 2:06, Chico Maki at 3:07). Chicago won the game 12-0. Today’s goals were scored 1:43 apart.
Eric Wellwood became the eighth Flyers rookie to score a goal this season.
The Flyers are now 4-10-1 this season in games that start before 7 PM, with more than half of their regulation losses this season now coming in that circumstance. The Flyers have allowed five or more goals in seven of those games.
Nick Grossman recorded eight hits and three blocked shots in his Flyers debut. He now has 103 blocked shots on the season, which is a new career high for him.
In his first game back since battling a sickness, Jagr gets today's Flyers star.
Jagr scored a pair of goals in almost identical fashion 18 seconds apart to tie the score, then give the Flyers a 2-1 lead late in the first period.
Both tallies came just off the left circle, with the second coming on the power-play. Jagr now has three goals in three games against Pittsburgh.
|"We should be more careful with the puck when we have a power play. We tried to score, it didn't work. We can't blame anyone else. We shouldn't give them any shots on our power play. We just didn't play well today on our power play." |
- Jaromir Jagr
"There’s no reason really to panic I don’t think and we have a lot of guys who’ve played a lot of games, a lot of meaningful games, and know what it takes to dig yourself out of holes like this.”
- James van Riemsdyk
|Tonight's turning point came early in the third period when the Penguins tallied their second of two quick goals against the Flyers. |
Pascal Dupuis followed up on his own rebound and from a sharp angle flicked a backhand shot over Sergei Bobrovsky, who came in relief of starter Ilya Bryzgalov.
The goal gave the Penguins their two-goal lead back and proved to be the difference maker in the game, despite Pittsburgh adding another goal at the midway point of the period.