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Aftermath: Penguins 3, Flyers 2 OT

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers when Pascal Dupuis scored his first goal of the season with 10.8 seconds left in overtime. Dupuis shelved a shot past Antero Niittymaki. The Penguins also got contributions from some lesser known scorers. Brooks Orpik and Mike Zigomanis gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the second period. The Flyers countered with two goals in 21 seconds, both within the final minute of the second period. The Penguins maintained constant pressure all evening and eventually prevailed on Dupuis' shot.

Pascal Dupuis celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime (photo by Getty)
What Worked: Sustained Pressure
Pittsburgh had constant pressure on Niittymaki all evening. There were countless posts and near-misses. All four lines had opportunities and applied pressure in the Flyers' zone. I know that goals win games, not scoring chances. But scoring chances do reveal how well a team is playing and eventually, with a team as talented as Pittsburgh, pucks will start to go in.

What Didn't Work: The Final Minute of the Second Period
Pittsburgh blew a two-goal lead in 21 seconds. That's how far apart Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne scored with under one minute to play in the second period. Jeff Carter deflected Scottie Upshall's centering pass into the net at 19:16. The Flyers followed that up with a goal via a Gagne redirection at 19:37.
Pascal Dupuis would have been the difference maker even if he had not scored the game-winning goal. Netting the winner only made him the slam dunk pick. Dupuis was excellent in the defensive category and excelled in killing penalties. He broke up numerous, blocked shots and forced the Flyers to make mistakes. The Flyers were demonstrably frustrated by his pestering. Philadelphia went 0 for 6 on the power play and Dupuis was a huge factor in that result.
Eric Godard took on Riley Cote in a very entertaining fight. Both men stood skate-to-skate and landed blow after blow, yet neither man went down. The battle lasted nearly two minutes (which is long for a fight) and still both men kept swinging. Finally, Godard landed a shot that dazed Cote, but the linesmen jumped in before Godard could land the KO.

Brooks Orpik is on pace for 20 goals and 40 points. Maybe he won't get there, but he is on pace for it. He was the best offensive player for the Penguins, scoring a power play goal and making a crisp pass to set up Dupuis' game-winner. Oh, and he threw a few body checks too.
> Dupuis' goal was his 10th career game-winner.

> Brooks Orpik recorded the third two-point game of his career. His two other two-point games were both at New Jersey (Nov. 5, 2007 and April 5, 2006), and he registered two assists in both occasions.

> Orpik scored his first career power play goal. It was also the first goal that he's scored in the last 28 games, since Feb. 14, 2007 at Carolina.

> Mike Zigomanis scored his first goal as a Pittsburgh Penguin.

> Pittsburgh has scored a power play goal in three straight games.

> Pittsburgh is 7-0 in the last seven games against Niittymaki.
1. Pascal Dupuis, PIT
2. Mike Zigomanis, PIT
3. Kimmo Timonen, PHI
 "That was a great shot. From that angle there wasn't much
space to put the puck in."
Head coach Michel Therrien on Dupuis' goal
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Author: Sam Kasan

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