PHILADELPIHA, Pa. - They say life can change in the blink of an eye.
The Pens took that literally Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Pittsburgh scored three goals in a span of 55 seconds to finish the opening frame with a 3-2 lead en route to a 5-4 victory.
"That first period was wild with the amount of scoring in a short period of time," head coach Mike Sullivan said.
Pens captain Sidney Crosby did the heavy lifting by scoring the team's first two goals, 43 seconds apart, to even the score at 2-2.
Crosby's first goal was just sick. He had the puck along the goal line and lifted a perfectly placed shot over the shoulder of goaltender Steve Mason and into the top corner.
Crosby's second tally would come on a Pens' man-advantage. Following a nice tic-tac-toe pass sequence, Crosby received the puck in the slot and snapped home a quick one-timer to even the score at 2-2.
"First one I had some room on the short side and the second one was really a great play from Phil (Kessel) and (Patric Hornqvist) to make some quick passes and I had a good opportunity in the slot," Crosby said. "I was glad to see them go in."
Matt Cullen would finish the Pens' three-goal outburst with a brilliant veteran move from behind the Flyers' crease. With Mason down on the ice against the far post, Cullen pulled the puck around to the near post for a wraparound attempt. Though Mason pushed out to get his pad over, it wasn't in time as the puck slid under his pad and into the net.
The last time the Pens scored three goals in less than 55 seconds was Jan. 3, 2008 vs. Toronto, posting three tallies in 48 seconds (credit: Elias Sports Bureau).
Although there was still a lot of hockey left to play, without that first period surge, this could have ended as a blowout for the Flyers.