Heading into Saturday night’s game between the Penguins and Flyers, one team (Penguins) had played the previous night, while the other (Flyers) spent Friday night off. Based upon the way Saturday’s game unfolded at Wells Fargo Center, you would have thought it was the Penguins who had the extra rest.
Philadelphia came out flying in the opening half of the first period, controlling the better of the play, which resulted in the Flyers picking up the first goal on Danny Briere’s power-play marker at 6:43 of the first period.
Instead of becoming unraveled, the Penguins simply took over the game, scoring the next five goals en route to a 5-1 victory to improve to 3-3 on the season despite playing for the second straight night.
As usual, it was Flyers’ killer Sidney Crosby leading the way for Pittsburgh. Crosby scored a pair of third-period power-play goals and added an assist for his first multiple-point effort of the season. Brent Johnson was solid between the pipes once again, stopping 29 of 30 shots to run his record to a perfect 3-0.
Sidney Crosby did it to Philadelphia once again. The Flyers killer notched a pair of third-period power-play goals to break open a 2-1 Penguins advantage into a 5-1 final score. Crosby also picked up an assist on a Chris Kunitz first-period tally to finish off his first three-point night of the season.
Along with his offensive contributions, Crosby also led the team with eight shots, registered three hits and went 14-10 (58 percent) on faceoffs.
Crosby is now tied for the team lead in both goals (3) and points (6). His six points tie him for eighth place among the league leaders.
The Penguins dodged a major bullet near the end of the second period. Less than 30 seconds after Mark Letestu gave Pittsburgh its first lead of the night, 2-1, the Flyers had two chances to quickly draw even. Jeff Carter ripped a shot from the left seam off the post to the right of Brent Johnson. Carter’s missed shot squirted to the blade of Danny Briere in the right circle. Briere’s across-the-grain shot also hit the post. To add insult to injury, Jeff Carter picked up a double-minor for high sticking on the play, which would lead to Sidney Crosby putting the game away early in the third period.
(AP) - Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins' power play felt right at home on the other side of Pennsylvania.
Crosby scored two power-play goals 90 seconds apart in the third period, and the Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Saturday night.
• Pittsburgh continued its dominance over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Saturday night’s victory improves the Penguins winning streak over the Flyers in Philadelphia to six games. Including the postseason, Pittsburgh is 8-1 in their last nine games at Wells Fargo Center.
• Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who played an excellent all-around game, made not one, but two sprawling defensive plays to break up two-on-one rushes by the Flyers. With 1:51 to play in the first period, Letang dove to the ice to knock the puck from the blade of James van Riemsdyk’s stick before he could get a shot away. Later, at the end of the second period, Letang again went head first to prevent Danny Briere from feeding a pass onto van Riemsdyk’s stick.
• Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette decided to pull his goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky, with about four minutes left to play in the third period and his team down, 4-1. Yes, the Flyers were on the power play, but it was still an interesting decision. Matt Cooke scored into the empty cage for the Penguins’ first shorthanded tally of the season.
• Sidney Crosby’s two power-play goals marked the fourth consecutive contest the Penguins have tallied on the man-advantage. Over that stretch the Penguins are 5-for-25 (20 percent) on the power play.