HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers set a franchise record for shots in a period and fired 51 in total at Matt Murray, who stopped 50 of them en-route to a 4-1 win on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Pens used three straight even-strength goals from Sidney Crosby, Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel to build a 3-0 lead before Evgeni Malkin took a 5-minute major with an intentional high stick on Michael Raffl with just under five minutes left in the game.
Jake Voracek scored to bring the Flyers within two on the man advantage but Kris Letang scored an empty-netter to seal it. Carter Hart stopped 24 of 28 shots in the loss.
Stars of the Game:
1 - Matt Murray (50 saves)
2 - Sidney Crosby (1g-2a)
3 - Jakub Voracek (1g)
Tonight's turning point was the second period as a whole... The pressure put on by the Flyers, the overwhelming amount of shots and the goal that was waived off due to a quick whistle all added up to a 2-0 deficit entering the third period... The Flyers had a small opportunity with a five-minute major late in the game, and eventually got one back, but the deficit was still two at that point and enough for the Pens to walk away with the win.
1) Both teams had numerous early looks at the net -- including two apiece for Philly's Oskar Lindblom and Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel. Three Flyers (Travis Sanheim, Lindblom and Claude Giroux) missed the net from prime range. Finally, at 8:18, Sidney Crosby gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead on a jam-in with the right side of the net open after the puck went to him behind the net. Travis Sanheim attempted to backhand a puck behind the net, and it went off Bryan Rust. A few seconds earlier, Ivan Provorov lost the puck after handling a high flip into the Flyers' zone. The puck went behind the net and started the sequence that ended in the goal.
2) The Flyers played very well on both sides of the puck to start the second period. At 7:04 of the second period, Pittsburgh scored on its first shot of the period; off an Evgeni Malkin drop pass, Nick Bjugstad shot from the top of the left circle and beat Hart under his pad. The puck may have gone off Provorov's stick and/or Hart may have been partially screened by Malkin but it was a save Hart almost always makes.
3) A way-too-hasty whistle by referee Kyle Rehman cost the Flyers a slam-dunk power play rebound goal. Off to the side of the net, Rehman thought a Travis Konecny shot had been caught by Murray. Except it hadn't. The ref blew the whistle just as the puck rebounded to Patrick, who put it in the net. It was too late at that point. Rehman knew it. The Flyers had a similar chance a few minutes later. This time, Rehman got to the net and a scramble but no goal ensued.Video: PIT@PHI: Hart uses glove to shut down Guentzel
4) The Flyers carried their dominance through the rest of the second period -- to the tune of a whopping 28-8, a new franchise record for shots in one period -- but only had a 2-0 deficit to show for it.
5) Hart made some good saves -- including two on Crosby in one sequence -- to give the Flyers a chance at a comeback through the first 10:16 of the third period. Malkin got a much-deserved match penalty for a stick swing up near Michael Raffl's face. Voracek got the Flyers on the board finally, chipping a puck upstairs off a carom in front.
JUST THE STATS
* The Flyers set a franchise record for shots in a period with 28 in the second. Their previous record was 25, done twice:
- vs. Washington, 2nd period, April 1, 1976
- Toronto, 2nd period, February 13, 1988
* The Flyers had 82 total shot attempts in the game to Pittsburgh's 50.
* Jake Voracek extended his point steak to seven straight games, he has nine points (3g-6a) in that stretch.
* Voracek also played 25:14 and had seven shots on goal. It's the second highest TOI in his career and is a career-high for a regulation game. He played 27:59 vs. NYR on Feb. 6, 2016.
* Radko Gudas and Robert Hagg had seven hits apiece.
THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Gordon following loss to PITVideo: Hear from the players following loss to PIT