Tyler Nolan (@T_Nol_)
The Flyers did something they hadn’t done all season against the Penguins Saturday night; score multiple goals in the 1st period. Alas, this early start (though stuttered by three Penguin 1st period goals) was for naught, as they ultimately fell to the hated rival 5-4.
The scoring was opened up by a Jakub Voracek blast from the point that beat Marc-Andre Fleury on his glove side. Less than four minutes later, Wayne Simmonds extended the lead to 2-0 off a sweet backhand dish from Brayden Schenn. Fleury attempted to corral the loose puck unsuccessfully, leaving a wide-open net for the Wayne-Train to shoot at.
This lead was short-lived. The Penguins scored three successive first period goals; two from Sidney Crosby, and one from Matt Cullen to put the Flyers behind 3-2. The 3 goals were scored in just 1:05 of game action. The Flyers never regained the lead after that.
The Flyers were able to regain a share of the lead, tying the score in the 15th minute of the 2nd period with another goal by Voracek. Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the season on a one-timer from the slot, which was made possible by an excellent offensive zone keep by Radko Gudas, followed by a great dish from Simmonds.
The game-winning-goal was scored by Evgeni Malkin in the 9th minute of the 3rd period. Olli Maata slung a shot on net, which was blocked by Brandon Manning. Unfortunately, the puck slid right to Malkin, who was positioned well to put the puck home on the back-door shot.
PHI—Voracek (4) (Manning, Gudas)
PHI—Simmonds (6) (Schenn, Gostisbehere)
PIT—Crosby (3) (Hornqvist, Wilson)
PIT—Crosby (PP) (4) (Hornqvist, Kessel)
PIT—Cullen (2) (Khunhackl)
Malkin (4) (Kessel, Kunitz)
Giroux (PP) (Simmonds, Gudas)
Voracek (5) (Unassisted)
Malkin (5) (Maata)