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POSTGAME 5: Flyers fight back, but fall to Pens

Flyers dominate most of the action, but Pens take 5-4 victory

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but were undone by a 55-second stretch later in the frame and an unfortunate bounce in the third and ended up dropping a 5-4 decision to the Penguins. The Flyers' first period goals came just over three minutes apart - Jake Voracek started the scoring 12 seconds shy of the frame's halfway point, firing a slapshot from the right point that found its way past Marc Andre Fleury.

Then with 6:58 to play, the Flyers took advantage of a loose puck in front of the Penguins net and Wayne Simmonds put it home for the two goal advantage. The Penguins reversed course with two goals coming from Sidney Crosby, and then one coming from Matt Cullen and Evgeni Malkin made it 4-2 just under 10 minutes into the second. Radko Gudas sparked a comeback after a spectacular play to keep a Pittsburgh clearing attempt in the zone at the blue line along the right side boards. The puck ended up with Simmonds, who found Giroux who beat Fleury for his first of the season.

Voracek was awarded a penalty shot with 4:32 left in the period and converted to tie it back up. The only goal of the third came 8:33 into the period, when a shot from the left side hit Brandon Manning and bounced right to Evgeni Malkin, who put it home. Steve Mason started the game and stopped 10 of 13 through one period before yielding to Michal Neuvirth, who absorbed the loss with 12 saves on 14 shots. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 38 for Pittsburgh.

2. THE TURNING POINT
A bad bounce of the puck landed on Evgeni Malkin's stick by the side of the net and he cashed in on it to give the Pens a one-goal advantage after they had lost a two goal lead towards the end of the second period. Malkin's game-winner was his second of the night as the Pens held off the Flyers in the final 11 minutes of the game to walk away with the win.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Evgeni Malkin: Recorded two goals on the night, including the game-winner, on his only two shots on net… He has four goals and seven points in his last five games.

2 - Jakub Voracek: Kicked off the Flyers quick start with his fourth goal of the years, then followed that up with a great move on Marc-Andre Fleury to score on a penalty shot to tie the game back up at 4-4.

3 - Sidney Crosby: Single-handedly tied the game back up at 2-2 for the Pens with two goals in a 43 second span… In three games so far, he has five points (4g-1a).

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The Flyers recorded the first goal of the game for the first time since opening night at LA.

* Voracek's penalty shot was the first successful penalty shot since Nov. 13, 2011 (Matt Read, at FLA, goal) and first successful penalty shot at home since Nov. 3, 2011 (Max Talbot, vs. NJD, goal) … The goal snapped a streak of six unsuccessful Flyers penalty shots dating back to the Read goal.

* Claude Giroux extended his point streak to eight straight games with his goal… He now has 10 points (1g-9a)… It is the longest streak in the NHL this season and he is one game shy of tying his career-high of nine straight games.

* Jakub Voracek had two goals, the first of which was his 100th as a Flyer.

* The Flyers scored a power-play goal for the third straight game, going 1-for-3, and have recorded a goal on the man advantage in six of their last seven games.

* The Flyers outshot the Pens, 42-27… and had 92 shot attempts to Pittsburgh's 52 - The 92 shot attempts are the most the Flyers have had in a game since at least the start of the 2010-11 season.

5. THEY SAID IT
"I got a little bit lucky. Those pucks are flying by so I was just trying to do my best. Lucky for me I stayed on the blue line and Simmer made a great play and G even a better shot."
- Radko Gudas on his effort on the third Flyers goal.

"I thought we played great tonight. Tonight was a good game. We competed for a full 60. There were some funny bounces in the game, but that's the effort that we want to see."
- Wayne Simmonds

"We don't have to change anything after tonight, we have to tighten up on a couple things, that's the blue print right there. Tonight it wasn't enough, sometimes that's the way the game is. I thought their guy in net was really good tonight, he probably made the difference. But we're not looking for that, we're looking for two points, but there's no discouragement in it either. Like I said, you choose which direction you want to go and become a little more determined for our quick turnaround tomorrow at 5pm."
- Dave Hakstol

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