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POSTGAME 5: Flyers fall at Stadium Series

Voracek, Gostisbehere score, but Pens pull away in the third to take 4-2 win over Flyers

by Jay Greenberg @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HOW IT WENT
The Flyers twice cut Pittsburgh leads to one goal, the second time on Shayne Gostisbehere's power play goal 6:48 into the third period, but Chad Ruhwedel's unscreened goal from the point eluded Michal Neuvirth, putting the Penguins back in control as they won the Stadium Series game, 4-2, before 67, 318 at Heinz Field.

Despite the Flyers applying most of the early pressure, the Penguins scored first when Sidney Crosby forced a giveaway up the boards by Gostisbehere, and then converted a diagonal fee by Jake Guentzel before Neuvirth could come across.

With Gostisbehere in the penalty box, Guentzel retrieved a shot blocked by Andrew MacDonald and quickly fed Nick Bonino, who shot a flutterball off the bottom of Neuvirth's glove as he dove, giving Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead early in the second period.

Jake Voracek made it 2-1 by cycling off the backboards from a MacDonald keep-in, fooling Justin Schultz by walking out the short side and tucking the puck around Murray's stick.

The Penguins third goal, early in the third period, came when Eric Fehr, ridden off behind the Philadelphia net by Mark Streit, still managed to leave the puck off for Matt Cullen. Neuvirth won the race with Cullen to the post, but he was undeterred and banged the rebound between the goalie's legs.

With Guentzel in the penalty box for holding Giroux, Gostisbehere's first goal in 34 games - a hammer under goalie Matt Murray's glove from up the slot through a Wayne Simmonds screen, pulled the Flyers within one. But Ruhwedel's quick point shot off a faceoff win by Evgeni Malkin from Sean Couturier, went right through Neuvirth to give Pittsburgh breathing room down the stretch.

2. THE BREAKS OF THE GAME
An apparent second period goal by Crosby was waved off because the net was off its moorings, even though it appeared Neuvirth had shoved it. It was ruled no goal because the net already had come slightly off the magnets before the goalie made contact.  

3. THREE STARS

1) Jake Guentzel - Set up the goals by Crosby and Bonino.

2) Matthew Murray - Stopped 36 Philadelphia shots, including four by Sean Couturier, as Philadelphia largely won the territorial battle but lost the game, a familiar story.

3) Jake Voracek - Scored a goal in four shots and had three others blocked.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers outshot the Penguins 38-29.   

* It was 36 degrees at the opening faceoff, but winds swirled at up to 30 miles an hour.

* Shayne Gostisbehere scored his first goal in 34 games.

* Radko Gudas recorded 10 hits, while Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl had eight.

* Andrew MacDonald blocked four shots, leading Philadelphia. 

* Flyers fell for the third time in their three outdoor games. They lost 2-1, in overtime at Boston in 2010, and 3-2 to the Rangers at Citizens Bank Part in 2012. Penguins are now 2-2.

5. THEY SAID ITVideo: Wayne Simmonds on the Stadium Series loss

Video: Coach Hakstol's postgame press conference

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