The Penguins answered a Flyers opening salvo with three goals of their own in the second period and rode that momentum to a 4-1 win. After a scoreless first period, Radko Gudas put the Flyers on the board with a goal 1:58 into the second frame. But the Penguins answered 1:01 later with a tally from Trevor Daley, and then added a pair 1:29 apart later in the second – one from Carl Hagelin at 16:56 and one from Chris Kunitz at 18:25. There was no further scoring until Kris Letang finished things off with an empty-netter with 1:38 remaining. Steve Mason stopped 31 shots while Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 16.
The Penguins ramped up the pressure as the second period went on, and had the Flyers survived to the end of the frame with the game still tied at 1-1, the third period may have been much different. But they didn’t, with the Penguins reeling off two goals in quick succession – the eventual game winner from Hagelin with 3:04 to play, and a second from Kunitz with 1:35 to go – that permanently turned the tide of the game.
1. Nick Bonino: Had two assists, setting up Pittsburgh’s answer to Gudas’s goal as well as Hagelin’s tally.
2. Carl Hagelin: Scored the goal that finally broke the Penguins through late in the second after several minutes of pressuring the Flyers. Hagelin recorded three goals and a total of seven shot attempts.
3. Steve Mason: Kept the Flyers in the game for the most part and within striking distance even in the third, Mason finished the game with 31 saves.
The Flyers recorded 17 shots on goal, which is a season low. They had a total of 45 attempts – 17 more that were blocked and 11 more that missed – to Pittsburgh’s 71. The 17 shots on goal are the fewest the Flyers have had in a game against Pittsburgh since at least 1987-88; the old low was 18 on January 13, 2007… Jake Voracek returned to the lineup after a nine-game absence, the longest of his career. He recorded a shot on goal and a giveaway, along with an even rating, in 13:46 of ice time… The Flyers won 65 percent of faceoffs. Claude Giroux was 18-for-26 (69 pct), Michael Raffl was 13-for-2 (65 pct) and Nick Cousins was 5-for-6 (83 pct).
“I think [Pittsburgh] played a good hockey game. It was a day where we couldn’t find any energy and we just couldn’t get ourselves going in the right direction. Obviously, it comes at a bad time and against the wrong team, but that’s what it is. We looked like we had spent a lot of energy, maybe a lot of emotional energy, on the back-to-backs with Detroit and Chicago. We just couldn’t find that same energy tonight, so we’ve got to put it behind us real quick and get back at it.”
“The last month and a half I think we’ve been playing some really good hockey. You’re going to have games like tonight where it’s not going your way… Like I’ve said before, we aren’t going to win every game for the rest of the season. It’s going to be how we’re going to respond to this. The last two months, we’ve been doing a good job [of] when we get a tough loss, we always bounce back.”