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POSTGAME 5: Simmertime!

Simmonds fight sparks Flyers to 4-2 win over Penguins

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Scott Laughton sprung Dale Weise free with a stretch pass and Weise buried it five-hole on Casey DeSmith for a shorthanded, game-winning goal en route to a 4-2 win over the Penguins on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Pens' captain Sidney Crosby opened the scoring 39 seconds into the game, but after a Wayne Simmonds fight (more on that below), Travis Konecny scored to make it 1-1. Riley Sheahan and Claude Giroux traded goals to knot it at 2-2 before Weise put the Flyers ahead for good.

Jake Voracek added an empty-net goal, Andrew MacDonald had three assists and Anthony Stolarz stopped 30 of 32 shots in the win. DeSmith made 22 saves to take the loss for Pittsburgh.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Claude Giroux (1g, +2)
2 - Sidney Crosby (1g)
3 - Travis Konecny (1g)

TURNING POINT
Wayne Simmonds, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, took on Jamie Oleksiak, 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, in a bout that lasted a good long while and ended in a stalemate... The Flyers were down 0-1 just 39 seconds into the game, and shortly after the bout, Travis Konecny responded for the Flyers to knot the game at 1-1. Despite going down again, 2-1, the Flyers maintained their momentum throughout. Video: PHI@PIT: Konecny beats DeSmith on breakaway

MELTZER'S TAKE

1) Both of Dale Weise's goals this season have been on breakaways. In addition to scoring the Flyers' first shorthanded goal of the season, the sixth the Penguins have allowed, he got under Evgeni Malkin's skin and took the Penguins superstar off the ice with him for two minutes in the first period.

2) Befitting of the Flyers-Penguins rivalry, this was one of the chippier and more physical games of the season so far.

3) Anthony Stolarz settled in nicely and made some big momentum saves for the Flyers, including a huge save while the Pens were shorthanded on Derek Grant. He has looked good in both of his starts and one relief appearance.Video: PHI@PIT: Stolarz denies Grant's breakaway chance

4) Although the Flyers went 0-for-3 on the power play, the Flyers did well in taking only one minor penalty that left them shorthanded (Radko Gudas at the end of the second period). Weise's shorthanded goal gave the Flyers their first and only lead they would need after trailing 1-0 and 2-1.

5) Travis Konecny used his speed effectively and got the Penguins upset with him several times; that is when he is on his game.

JUST THE STATS

* Dale Weise scored the Flyers first shorthanded goal this season, which was also the first shorthanded goal of his career.Video: PHI@PIT: Weise gives Flyers lead with SHG

* Andrew MacDonald had three assists in tonight's game, which is new career high in both assists and points.

* Travis Konecny now has goals in two straight games and four of his last six games, producing five goals and eight points in that stretch.

* Sean Couturier was a perfect 13-for-13 on faceoffs. It's the most faceoff wins in a perfect faceoff game for any player in the NHL this season, surpassing the 10-for-10 by Sam Steel of Anaheim on October 20, and is the most in a perfect faceoff game in the league since Boston's Patrice Bergeron went 14-for-14 vs. Tampa Bay on April 4, 2017. It's the most faceoff wins that any Flyer has had in a perfect faceoff game since the NHL began tracking faceoffs in 1997; the team's previous high was a 10-for-10 game for Michal Handzus on October 19, 2002.

* Robert Hagg assisted on the first Flyers goal, giving him a new career high in assists (7) and points (10) in a season just 25 games into the season.

* The Flyers went eight consecutive periods without a power play, dating back to the second period of their game on Nov. 23 vs. Rangers... They also had a total of 176:01 in between power plays. 

THEY SAID IT

Video: Hear from Simmonds, Stolarz and WeiseVideo: Hear from Hakstol following win over PIT

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