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Flyers Win Game 1 of Opening Round Series

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

No lead is safe in the National Hockey League, particularly against a high-powered offensive team like the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Penguins scored three goals in the first period to jump out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

However, in two of the last three regular-season meetings between these two teams, the Flyers overcame 2-0 deficits to record victories. And unfortunately for the Penguins, history repeated itself on Wednesday night.

The Flyers scored four unanswered goals, including the game-winner 2:23 into overtime, to escape Game 1 with a 4-3 victory at CONSOL Energy Center.

Rookie forward Brayden Schenn scored the game-tying goal on the power play halfway through the third period and added two assists for a three-point night. Danny Briere scored two goals and Jakub Voracek tallied the winning score.

“We got away from our game. That’s really what it was,” said Sidney Crosby, who had a goal and an assist in the contest. “We started great, had a lot of energy. Went hard at them. Then just slowly got away from things and let them get back into it.”

Pascal Dupuis recorded a goal and an assist. Tyler Kennedy scored a goal and Kris Letang added two assists for Pittsburgh.

The Penguins will put this game behind them and look forward to Game 2.

"We've got a game Friday," head coach Dan Bylsma said.

"Sometimes things like this happen. At the end of the day, they won," Crosby said. "It doesn’t matter what the score was, whether it was overtime or we lost 10-0. It doesn’t matter. We lost. We’ve got to fix the things that need to be fixed here and make sure we’re ready for the next one."

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