0:00: The Penguins battled to the end and nearly had a great scoring look by Letestu at the buzzer, but it's the Flyers holding on for their second 3-2 victory of the season over the Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center. Kris Letang
and Tyler Kennedy
score the Pittsburgh goals.
The Penguins use their timeout.
The Penguins aren't done yet. What a pass by Crosby in the near circle across the slot to Kennedy in the far circle. Kennedy took care of business from there, lifting a shot over Bobrovsky. Flyers 3, Penguins 2.
1:46: Evgeni Malkin
is not on the bench right now for the Penguins. Hopefully everything is OK.
As a reminder, the Penguins will be right back in action tomorrow night when they face the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center in Raleigh. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Flyers don't take long to pounce on the golden opportunity they are given as Giroux jumps on a loose puck in a scramble at the crease to chip a shot over Fleury for the power-play goal. Flyers 3, Penguins 1.
This time it will be the Penguins who will have to kill off a too many men on the ice minor.
This video is fitting when the Penguins and Flyers take the ice together - the Shearers Crunches of the Game:
Not exactly the greatest penalty taken right there by Shelley. He puts the Penguins on the man-advantage by taking an offensive zone interference infraction.
Bobrovsky has definitely gotten stronger as this game has gone on - not that he was ever bad. He just slid from his left to the top of his crease to deny a one-timer by Goligoski off a Comrie feed.
The Penguins are going to need a third-period comeback if they want to improve to 2-1 this season against the Flyers.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Chris Kunitz
and Mike Comrie lead the Penguins with three shots apiece.
- Brooks Orpik
has dished out a whopping seven hits.
- Pittsburgh has blocked 14 Philadelphia shots.
The Flyers control the play during the second period and the result is a 2-1 Philadelphia lead after 40 minutes. Shots on goal still favor the Penguins, 19-18.
Veteran move there by Brooks Orpik
. The Penguins had just been whistled for an icing call, so Orpik went to the bench and got himself a new twig to waste some time.
A bad bounce at the Flyers blue line forces Engelland to take a hooking penalty.
This is a Halloween video NHL.com produced:
Not much Fleury could do on that Philadelphia goal as Matt Carle's wrist shot from the left point, which appeared to be going off net, was deflected by Daniel Carcillo at the top of the crease through Fleury's legs. Flyers 2, Penguins 1.
With the game now tied, Fleury is coming up strong. He just bailed out a teammate by robbing Richards with a glove save following a Penguins turnover.
Now it's Fleury's turn to come up big as he denies Powe with a pad save.
Another Penguins power play as the Flyers get caught with too many men on the ice.
Bobrovsky makes another good save, this time on Comrie in the slot with his blocker.
Check out this sweet Penguins-Flyers Halloween video:
A couple Penguins fell down, allowing Richards to feed Claude Giroux for a mini breakaway. Giroux went to the backhand for his league-leading third shorthanded tally of the season. Penguins 1, Flyers 1.
The turkey is once again on the table for the Penguins as Briere picks up a high-sticking call.
The Penguins are getting good looks here the first two minutes of this period. Kennedy just danced around a Flyers defenseman before Bobrovsky stopped his shot.
Huge save by Bobrovsky with his right pad on a turnaround shot by Crosby.
The Penguins open the second period with 36 seconds remaining on the man-advantage.SECOND PERIOD
Watch the Nemacolin Big Five played during the first period:
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The final totals on all of the first period penalty minutes: Pittsburgh, 18 minutes; Philadelphia, 16 minutes.
- The Penguins had a 14-12 edge on faceoffs, led by Mark Letestu (4-1).
- Evgeni Malkin
had two of the Penguins' 10 shots.
That's the end of the first period at CONSOL Energy Center. In a fight-filled opening frame, it's the Penguins leading, 1-0, on the scoreboard and 10-4 in shots.
Good body positioning by Tyler Kennedy
on the cycle forces Carter to hook him to the ice, putting the Penguins on the man-advantage.
Fleury hasn't had too many chances to see rubber thrown his way in the first period, but Jeff Carter just sent a wrist shot his way through the legs of Lovejoy. Fleury made the glove save.
Not a good night so far for Shelley. He just stepped up in the neutral zone to attempt to lay out Letang, but the funny thing was, when the two made contact, it was Shelley who fell hard to the ice.
The couple times I've seen Bobrovsky, I've noticed him to have trouble with long shots. Asham nearly sneaked a slap shot from the blue line between the arm and blocker of the rookie netminder.
Now that's what I call some skill!!! A tic-tac-toe passing play from Comrie in the middle of the circles to Malkin at the left circle ended with Kris Letang
tapping a shot over Sergei Bobrovsky to open the scoring. Penguins 1, Flyers 0.
And after all that we are back to five-on-five finally!
Look at all the Flyers in the penalty box!
Guess what this entry is going to say? Yes, another penalty. This time an interference call to Paul Martin
It's four-on-four now for the next 26 seconds.
Nevermind, I can't even keep up with all these penalties. Braydon Coburn just tackled Crosby, giving the Flyers a whopping five players in the box - well I guess four because Shelley is in the locker room getting repaired.
And now it's three-on-three. Kunitz picked up a slashing call. You don't see this too often.
It's going to be a four-on-three because the referees whistled Mike Comrie for interference.
The Penguins are going to have a two-man advantage here thanks to a couple of bad penalties by the Flyers. Danny Briere picked up a tripping penalty while Hartnell took a post-whistle roughing call.
What a hit Ben Lovejoy
just put on Scott Hartnell - again getting the fans out of their feet with pleasure. Hartnell was down for a while, but no penalty was called.
This game has a 1970s feel to it as a second fight breaks out between the Penguins Deryk Engelland
and Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley. Let's just say Engelland did nothing to hurt his growing reputation as a fan favorite. He not only opened a bloody gash on the side of Shelley's face, he dropped the heavyweight to the ice with two thunderous punches.
Well, that didn't take very long. Cooke and Mike Richards dropped the gloves just six seconds into the contest. Richards had called out the Penguins
after the Oct. 16 game, so Cooke was just answering the bell.
20:00: Sidney Crosby
gets the start at forward with Matt Cooke
and Arron Asham
flanking him on the wings.
Here is the lineup Dan Bylsma will use tonight against the Flyers:
7:03 PM: Marc-Andre Fleury
will make his second consecutive start in goal tonight for the Penguins. A victory for Fleury against the Flyers would make him the seventh-youngest goaltender in league history to pick up his 150th career victory.
The Penguins return home for a rare game at the CONSOL Energy Center as they play host to the Philadelphia Flyers - the third meeting in 23 days between the teams. The Penguins and Flyers have split the first two games thus far, with Philadelphia triumphing, 3-2, on opening night here on Oct. 7, and the Penguins returning the favor by besting the Flyers, 5-1, at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 16.