Flyers Stun Pens in OT

Published on March 18th, 2012
by Mike del Tufo

Sunday March 18, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly by winning in overtime 3-2 after trailing 2-0 heading into the 3rd period.  Scott Hartnell scored with just one second remaining in overtime to clinch the win for the Flyers and end the Penguins 11-game winning streak.

This was the 4th time these two teams played this season.  The Flyers had gone 2-1 in the 1st three.  The teams will play two more times both in Pittsburgh on April 1st and April 7th.

The Flyers played without forward Max Talbot and defensemen Pavel Kubina, Andreas Lilja and Andrej Meszaros who all missed the game because of injuries.  For this game, Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Penguins and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Read-Simmonds
Schenn-Wellwood-Shelley
Couturier-Rinaldo-Voracek

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Carle-Timonen
Coburn-Grossman
Gustafsson-Manning

The Penguins scored at 13:21 of 1st period when Craig Adams deflected a shot by Kris Letang.  The Flyers then took two late period penalties but fought off the imposing Pens power-play to keep the score 1-0.  Shots after one period were 17 to 8 in favor of the Pens.

Flyers finally got their 1st power-play at 14:53 of the 2nd period but did little with the extra man.  At that point, they only had 9 shots on goal.  The Pens got a late period goal at 19:07 by Evgeni Malkin to extend their lead to 2-0.  The Flyers only notched 2 shots this period and looked lethargic.  Bryzgalov kept the Flyers in the game.

The Flyers had a carry-over power-play to start the 3rd period and took advantage of it and the fresh ice surface to get on the board.  31 seconds into the period, a shot by defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the point evaded Fleury.  Flyers forward Scott Hartnell followed that up at 4:47 with a goal of his own to tie the game. 

The teams went to overtime tied 2-2.  There was an unusual sequence of 3-on-3 in the extra session as teams had coincidental minors.  Neither team was able to take advantage of all the extra open ice however.  With the shoot-out looking likely, Hartnell decided to take matters into his own hands.  He took a pass from Danny Briere and fired it past Fleury again to end the game.

On the game, Hartnell said, “It was a battle, sixty plus minutes against this team.  You have to fight for every inch and it even took us a couple periods in an afternoon game to get ready.  We were able to get a huge two points and it was a physical match. It was everything we expected on our end… It was a playoff game. Odds are that we are going to end up with these guys in the first round. We got a point on them tonight. One step closer to getting home ice, we play them twice in Pittsburgh. It is not going to be easy. It is a big confidence boost for everybody.”

The Flyers next game is Tuesday at home vs. Florida Panthers. 

Flyers Scott Hartnell scored the game-winner in overtime | Source: Andrew King

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