Pittsburgh chalked up a fourth consecutive game of 5+ goals, getting contributions from five different players in a 6-2 win over the Flyers. Sidney Crosby opened the scoring on the power play at 15:38 of the first period, and Beau Bennett followed that up just over a minute later to give the Pens a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. After Patric Hornqvist made it 3-0 near the halfway point of the third, Wayne Simmonds put the Flyers on the board in the final minute of the frame with his 29th of the season, which tied a career high. Two more Pittsburgh goals in the third period bookended a tally by Jake Voracek at 8:04 of the frame, and Eric Fehr later finished things off with an empty-netter. Steve Mason made 33 saves while absorbing the loss; Matt Murray earned the win with 28 stops.
The Flyers were trying to survive to the first intermission, perhaps looking for an opportunity to regroup there after being outshot 6-0 in the opening few minutes. But Sidney Crosby’s PPG with 4:22 left in the first, followed up by one from Beau Bennett with 3:17 to play, exacerbated the problem and turned the tides Pittsburgh’s way for good. 1. Patric Hornqvsit
– scored a goal and had seven total shot attempts.
2. Eric Fehr – two goals, including an empty-netter, along with three shots and two hits.
3. Beau Bennett
– Scored on his only shot in 8:21 of ice time.
Jake Voracek scored his first goal since February 20 at Toronto, which was before his nine-game injury absence… Wayne Simmonds scored his 29th goal of the season, which ties a career high. He’s had 28 or more in four of the last five seasons, with the lone exception being the 2012-13 lockout-shortened campaign… The Flyers had a streak snapped of eight consecutive games without allowing a goal in the first period. The last team to score in the first against Philadelphia was Chicago back on March 16… The game snapped a run of seven consecutive games in which the Flyers had allowed two or fewer goals… The Flyers lost in regulation for just the fourth time in the last 19 games… The Flyers have allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games after going on a run where they only allowed one PPG in an 11-game stretch from March 3-24… The Flyers remain in the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Boston (9th) and percentage points ahead of Detroit (currently 3rd, Atlantic). Their next action comes at Detroit on Wednesday night.
“I think we competed, but we just didn’t play the right way. That’s one of the reasons they were able to get some scoring chances tonight.”
“We’ve forgotten quick about our losses and, to an extent, our wins,” Simmonds said. “We try to stay even keeled. You enjoy it or dwell on what you did quickly. That’s what we’re going to have to do tonight.”