Flyers Pound Pens 4-0

Published on March 15th, 2014

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday March 15, 2014

The Philadelphia Flyers shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 in this afternoon game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.  It was the first time the Flyers have ever shut out the Penguins with Sidney Crosby in the lineup.

It was the front end of a home-and-home series with the Pens.  The rematch is tomorrow in Pittsburgh at 12:30pm.

For this game, Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Penguins and Steve Mason for the Flyers.

The Flyers came out roaring and got an early power-play.  They capitalized on it at 3:50 of the 1st period as forward Scott Hartnell unleashed a blast that went over Fleury’s shoulder.  They followed that up with a short-handed goal at 8:12 by Matt Read.  The Flyers played with a lot of fire and controlled most of the play in this period.  The Pens mostly looked lethargic and Fleury was not on top of his game.

It was more of the same in the 2nd period.  Flyers carried the momentum as Vinny Lecavalier scored at 14:00 and Read added his 2nd of the game at 19:43 to make it 4-0.  Fleury looked under siege and unprepared for it.

Strangely the Pens played the 3rd period with little emotion opting not to try and even really break up the shutout.  The 3rd period of a lopsided game between hated rival the Flyers and the Penguins is usually the stage for a lot of chippy play.  Surprisingly that never happened.  The Pens seemed content with a 4-0 loss.

The Flyers forced 14 Pittsburgh giveaways while only committing three giveaways themselves.

Flyers Matt Read, the #1 star of the game, recorded his seventh career game of two goals or more and his fourth of this season.  He led the Flyers with six shots on goal.

Read on the win said, “The last couple of games slipped away from us. We talked about playing a full 60 tonight, focusing on our defense zone and going from there. I thought we played a full 60 tonight and did great in the defense zone. We didn’t give them much opportunities and it was a fun game out there.”

He added, “I think defense leads to offense and when you’re playing Crosby or Malkin, you play defense first and let them make the mistakes and you take advantage of that. It’s something that we did tonight. We had a good afternoon in the offensive zone and made them chip pucks. A lot of them didn’t have time in the offensive zone. The pucks went our way and we just went on offense from there. One of our goals is to be plus as a line and that happened tonight.”

Pens goalie Fleury got to see Matt Read a lot in this game | Source:  Andrew King

Pens goalie Fleury got to see Matt Read a lot in this game | Source: Andrew King

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