Flyers Fall to Pens 5-4

Published on March 8th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday March 7, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers gave up a 4-1 lead and lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in probably their toughest loss this season.

For this game, Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Penguins and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers.  Neither made it to the 3rd period.  Matt Read returned for this game after missing just over 2 weeks of action due to an injury.

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Hartnell-Voracek
Briere-Simmonds-B.Schenn
Couturier-Gagne-Read
Talbot-Fedontenko-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-L.Schenn
Grossmann-Coburn
Gervais-Gustafsson

The Flyers put up 4 goals on the Pens in stunning fashion with two going through Fleury’s five-hole.  Jakub Voracek had two goals, both on the power-play.  He scored with the man-advantage at 11:18 and 19:52.  Zac Rinaldo and Kimmo Timonen had the Flyers other two goals.  Pens Chris Kunitz got his team’s only goal in the 1st period at 12:05.  It was on the power-play.  The Flyers outshot them 18 to 4.

Fleury was pulled prior to the 2nd period in favor of Tomas Vokoun.  Everything seemed to be going in the Flyers’ favor and then they let up.  The Pens roared back in this period scoring three times to tie the game 4-4.  Pascal Dupuis scored at 5:30, Evgeni Malkin at 8:13, and Tyler Kennedy at 15:47.  Bryz was then pulled from the game for Brian Boucher.

Kunitz added another goal for the Pens just 18 seconds into 3rd period and suddenly the Pens were leading.  Flyers Scott Hartnell appeared to tie the game at 7:07 but the goal was waved off due to being hit by a high-stick.  The Flyers tried to battle back but the Pens settled into a defensive shell and slipped out with a 5-4 win.

Flyers Claude Giroux said, “We had the game in our hands and the second period we came out flat.  It cost us another two points…Yeah, when you are up 4-1 you need to find a way to close the game up.  We know they are a good team offensively and if we give them power plays they are going to put it back in our net and that’s what happened.”

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on the tough loss said, “Being able to finish off games, I think we need to do a better job then what we’ve done this year.  We’ve had a lot of tie games and a lot of situations to win games and they’ve slipped away.  Consistency is something we’ve been battling as well.  You go from a real strong first period to an inconsistent second period that ended up costing you a day.  Certainly it’s not where we want to be.”

The Flyers’ next game is Saturday at Boston vs. the Bruins.

Zac Rinaldo had a goal and an assist for the Flyers | Source: Andrew King

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