Flyers Win 4th in a Row, Edge Pens 3-2

Published on December 9th, 2011

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday, December 8, 2011
The Philadelphia Flyers held on to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 to stretch their winning streak to 4 games.  They got goals from 3 different players.

Both teams were missing a key player for this game.  Chris Pronger was out for the Flyers after knee surgery and Sidney Crosby was held out for precautionary purposes after taking a hit in his last 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
Talbot-JVR-Voracek
Couturier-Zolnierczyk-Rinaldo

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

Danny Briere scored at 6:38 of the 1st period to give Flyers 1-0 lead.  His shot caromed off of Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik and in.  The Flyers totally dominated territorially in the 1st half of this period causing the Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma to use his time-out at 10:27.  The Pens had a 5-on-3 later in the period but the Flyers were able to convincingly kill it off.  This was a very strong period for the Flyers as they led in shots 15 to 8 and 1-0 on the scoreboard.

Wayne Simmonds put the Flyers up 2-0 at 8:42 of the 2nd period.  Jakub Voracek slid a nice pass over to an uncovered Simmonds who buried it into an empty net.  Then at 13:32, Scott Hartnell made it 3-0 when he slammed in a pass from Andrej Meszaros.  The Pen finally got on the scoreboard at 14:10 while on the power-play when winger James Neal notched his 15th of the season.

Pens Evgeni Malkin cut the Flyers’ lead in half at 8:21 of the 3rd period.  The Flyers were playing on their heels after this goal.  The Pens were controlling play late in the game and seemed close to tying the game but were unable to get the equalizer thanks to a strong Flyers team defense and some timely saves by Bryzgalov.  Flyers Jaromir Jagr had a shot at an empty net against his former team but couldn’t convert.
 
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on the win said, “We’re getting wins right now. And our goaltender is making saves we need him to make. And the last ten minutes is evident of that as well. He is starting to look more comfortable. I think our team is starting to look more comfortable. There seems to be more of rhythm  for us. Guys understand the system a little bit better. We said from the start that everything was going to take a little time. That goes from the goaltenders comfort level to what’s in front of him, the style that we play, and then it moves out to the new players, the young players, the identity we are trying to put forth. I think all of that takes times. I do think we are starting to get comfortable with that.”

The Flyers next game is Saturday at home vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bryzgalov

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