Flyers Fall to Penguins 6-4

Published on February 18th, 2012

Flyers Eric Wellwood scored his 1st NHL goal in this game

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday February 18, 2012
In a battle of Atlantic Division rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4 in an afternoon game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.

This was the 3rd time this season these two teams played.  The Flyers won the 1st two.  They play next on February 18th in Philly again.

Defenseman Nick Grossman made his debut for the Flyers.  He was acquired in a trade with the Dallas Stars.  James van Riemsdyk returned to the line-up after missing more than a month recovering from a concussion.  Forward Zac Rinaldo missed the game because of a suspension.

For this game, Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Pens and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Voracek-Hartnell
Briere-Read-Jagr
Schenn-Simmonds-JVR
Couturier-Talbot-Wellwood

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Carle-Bourdon
Meszaros-Grossman

Matt Cooke scored at 3:17 of 1st period to give Penguins 1-0 lead.  Bryzgalov let in the 1st Pens shot of the game.  It was not a good sign.  Jaromir Jagr then took over.  He tied it for the Flyers at 15:16 after firing it past Fleury.  He followed that up by scoring again 18 seconds later at 15:34 on the power-play to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.

There were a slew of penalties in the 2nd period causing the period to drag.  The Pens scored two short-handed goals late in this period.  Jordan Staal scored one at 15:14 to tie the game.  Cooke then added another at 16:57 to give the Pens a 3-2 lead.  His was a 3-on-5 short-handed goal.  Bob replaced Bryzgalov in net after this goal.  Flyers rookie Eric Wellwood then re-tied the game when he scored at 18:41.  It was his 1st NHL goal.

The Pens retook the lead early in the 3rd period when Dustin Jeffrey scored for Pens at 0:37.  They then scored two more goals to put the game away.  Pascal Dupuis scored a fluky goal at 2:09 to give the Pens a 2-goal cushion and James Neal scored his 30th goal of the season at 9:02 to give the Pens a 6-3 lead.  The game was on the line in the 3rd period and the Flyers fell completely flat.  Flyers Wayne Simmonds scored with 19 seconds left to make the final score 6-4.

The Flyers next game is Tuesday in Winnipeg vs. the Jets.

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