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POSTGAME 5: Pens down Flyers

Konecny tallies again, but Pittsburgh scores four unanswered to take 5-2 win

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers fought back from a 1-0 deficit after the first period to take a 2-1 lead, but the Pens scored four answered goals in the second and third period to walk away with a 5-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday Night Rivalry.

Phil Kessel opened the scoring in the first period that featured six power plays, but the Flyers struck back with goals from Jake Voracek and Travis Konecny within the first six minutes of the second period.

After Pens tied it up off a shot from the point by Jamie Oleksiak, which the Flyers challenged for goaltender interference but ultimately lost, Conor Sheary scored a pair of goals, including his second one with 40 seconds left in the period to give the Pens a two-goal lead.

Evgeni Malkin scored an empty-netter, the only goal of the third period, while Tristan Jarry recorded 26 saves in the win. Petr Mrazek started his seventh straight game for the Flyers and stopped 23 shots in the loss.

TURNING POINT
Tonight's turning point came on a bouncing puck over the stick of Jordan Weal who had a open look at the net and would have made it a tie game. Instead, the Pens used a fortunate kick of the puck right to Sheary by the side of the net in the final minute of the second period to give the Pens a two-goal lead after 40. The Pens had a 20-0-1 record when leading after two periods and from there sealed it for their 21st victory.

THREE STARS

1. Sidney Crosby: Recorded three assists which also gave him his 1,100 point in the NHL, and was a plus-3.  

2. Conor Sheary: Recorded a pair of goals, the third and fourth for the Pens, for his first two-goal game since Nov. 14. 

3. Jakub Voracek: Recorded his 15th goal of the year and had four shots.

STATS & STORYLINES

SIMMONDS RETURNS
Wayne Simmonds returned to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 18 after missing the last seven games... He appeared in 19:26 of ice time and had three shots on goal to go along with two hits and playing on a line with Jordan Weal and Vatteri Filppula.

PENALTY FILLED FIRST
Tonight's first period was a battle of special teams. Back and forth the two teams went on the penalty kill and power play. A total of six minor penalties were called - four on the Flyers, two on the Penguins... The Pens won the battle for the first 20 minutes scoring on their fourth power play of the period.

GOOD CHANCES WOULDN'T GO
The Flyers received good chances on the power play but could not get one to drop. They had plenty of opportunity, however, as they received five power plays in total, failing to score.

"We gotta find ways to get pucks to the middle of the ice to alleviate the pressure," said Simmonds following the game. "We got the puck on the wall. Once we got it on the wall they pressured. They did a good job of not allowing us get it off."

THIRD EFFORT
Travis Konecny scored for the second straight game and it was a goal he definitely worked for... After tying it up at 1-1 early in the second period with a goal from Jake Voracek, Konecny jumped on a bouncing puck by the side of the end. Jarry made the first save, second save and seemed to have it, but Konecny stuck with it even as he was being checked from behind and got his stick on it to bat it into the net.Video: PIT@PHI: Konecny lifts puck over Jarry's pad

WORTH MENTIONING
Jake Voracek scored the first Flyers goal and led the Flyers with four shots while six other Flyers recorded three shots on goal... Radko Gudas led the Flyers with five hits, while also blocking two shots - he had four shot attempts, all of which were blocked... Valtteri Filppula and Shayne Gostisbehere blocked three shots apiece... Claude Giroux recorded an assist and was 7-for-10 (70 pct) on faceoffs.

UP NEXT
The Flyers head to Boston to take on the Bruins in the second half of their back-to-back. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7 p.m. on NBCSP+ or listen live on 93.3 WMMR.

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