They held that lead for the majority of the second period until, on the power play, the Flyers turned the puck over and Jordan Staal beat Bryzgalov on a shot he wish he had back to tie the game at 2. The Flyers drew another penalty to make it a 5-on-3. Unfortunately, Matt Cooke out raced Kimmo Timonen to a puck and beat Ilya Bryzgalov underneath his arm on a shot he wish he had back (seeing a theme here). The Penguins went up 3-2 after the two bad shorthanded goals. Peter Laviolette had seen enough and pulled Bryzgalov in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky. With 1:19 remaining in the second period, Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland fell down with the puck in front of his own net and rookie Eric Wellwood poked the puck past Fleury for his first NHL goal.
The third period was all Pittsburgh as they got three consecutive goals from Dustin Jeffrey, Matt Cooke, and James Neal. Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky both allowed three goals today which is a depressing (and all too common) feeling for Flyers fans. Wayne Simmonds added his 21st goal of the year with just over 18 seconds left to make it 6-4 which was the final.
There were numerous dirty plays on the side of the Penguins. Early on they were taking runs at Claude Giroux with Engelland laying an elbow to the head of Giroux that went uncalled. Evgeni Malkin was using his elbows a lot today but whiffed on one blatant elbow (there is no video of it available yet but we are looking… we all remember this one).
Also, Jordan Staal should expect a call from Brendan Shanahan after a horrific hit on Braydon Coburn that was whistled for boarding. Staal only got two minutes but the general consensus was that it should have been a 5 minute major. Timonen argued for the 5 minute major but instead got 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and the Flyers did not even get a power play from the hit.
This game was poorly officiated on both sides from Stephane Auger and Paul Devorski. Some phantom calls against both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in addition to some blatant protection of Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins (i.e. see previous point). It reminded me of a scene from a famous film.
Flyers head on the road for four straight road games beginning on Tuesday in Winnipeg against the Jets at 7:00 pm.
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