After an 8-1-1 run and taking down the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Flyers turned in one of their worst performances of the season Saturday afternoon.
Radko Gudas opened the scoring and Steve Mason put on a strong display in net with 32 saves, but it wasn’t enough, as the Flyers dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Penguins completed dominated the Flyers and controlled the entire game, resulting in Philadelphia posting their lowest shot total (17) of the season. The final shots were 35-17 in favor of the visitors.
Trevor Daley, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang (ENG) were the goal-scorers for Pittsburgh, who got 16 saves from goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
With the loss, the Flyers are sitting one point out of a playoff spot. If the Detroit Red Wings win tonight, Philadelphia will be three points out. The Penguins are currently sitting third in the Metropolitan Division.
Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn had a great opportunity in the early going to get the Flyers on the board. Giroux feathered a pass over to Schenn on a 2-on-1, but Schenn couldn’t put the puck into the seemingly empty goal cage.
The Flyers were outshot 11-4 in the opening period, but Mason held the fort down, including making an impressive save late in the period off a Carl Hagelin shorthanded breakaway rush.
Radko Gudas opened the scoring with a point shot 1:58 into the second period, but the Penguins took control after that.
Trevor Daley answered for Pittsburgh a minute after the Gudas goal, creeping in from the point and roofing a shot upstairs past Mason.
The Penguins continued to pressure, eventually scoring twice in the final five minutes to take a 3-1 lead into the third.
Hagelin made it 2-1 with three minutes remaining after he rifled a shot in the high slot past Mason off a feed from Nick Bonino. The play started after Phil Kessel stripped Ryan White of the puck.
Kunitz added to the lead just over a minute later after he jumped on a loose puck in the slot and snuck a rebound through the legs of Mason.
The Penguins completely dominated the second period and things didn’t change much in the final frame.
The Flyers never really had any good scoring opportunities and any comeback possibility was thwarted late in the frame when Letang converted on a feed from Kunitz into an empty net.
The refs initially ruled no goal, but then reversed it and called it a goal.
- The team announced Michal Neuvrith was originally supposed to start in goal, but he “wasn’t feeling right”, so Mason got the nod
- The goal from Gudas was his fourth of the season, setting a career high
- Hagelin’s goal was his first in 20 games against the Flyers
- The Flyers had arguably their worst second period of the season Saturday. The Pens completely dominated and are plus-30 in second periods this year
- In his return to the lineup, Jakub Voracek played 13:46 and fired one shot on goal
You know it
This guy came prepared
Brayden Schenn cant finish off a nice passing play
Kris Letang with a questionable hit on Claude Giroux
Steve Mason robs Carl Hagelin shorthanded
Radko Gudas delivers the boom and then draws a penalty
Radko Gudas opens the scoring
Radko Gudas just gets a piece of Ian Cole with the hipcheck
Kris Letang cross-check that wasn’t called vs. what was called on Michael Raffl
Don’t mess with Sean Couturier
Kris Letang empty net goal. Kicking motion?
NEXT UP: Flyers vs. Islanders, Monday March 21, 7:30, CSN, NBCSN