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In case you forgot why the Penguins-Flyers rivalry is considered the best in the NHL, this game was an exciting reminder. The Penguins came back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Flyers 5-4 at the Wachovia Center, Thursday night. The Flyers dominated every facet of the game in the first period, intiating contact, out shooting the Pens 18-4, and outscoring the Pens 4-1. Jakub Voracek gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead, scoring on the power play after James Neal took an elbowing penalty. Voracek finished a beautiful cross-ice feed from Claude Giroux. James Neal came out of the box and was sent back in for roughing Scott Hartnell. Since Hartnell instigated the scuffle, he was given an extra penalty and the Penguins were granted a power play.Pittsburgh took advantage on the tail end of the power play, getting a goal from Chris Kunitz. Letang's attempted centering pass off the rush hit a defenseman and the puck came right to Kunitz who buried his 13th of the season.From there, it was all downhill for Pittsburgh in the first period.Matt Niskanen took an interference penalty and Zac Rinaldo scored as the penalty expired to put the Flyers up 2-1. Rinaldo pounced on a rebound in front of Marc-Andre Fleury after Nicklas Grossman's slap shot from the point was stopped.Kimmo Timonen scored three minutes later on a harmless wrist shot from the half boards. Fleury was partially screened on the play by Deryk Engelland and the puck fluttered through the goaltender short side.James Neal took a penalty before the end of the period and Voracek added another goal to put the Flyers up 4-1 with eight seconds remaining. The goal was reviewed to see if Scott Hartnell kicked the puck, but the call stood.The Penguins came out with a new goaltender and, out of coincidence, a better period.Pascal Dupuis scored five minutes in to cut the Flyer lead in half. After a net-mouth scramble in front of Ilya Bryzgalov, Sidney Crosby circled behind the net and found Dupuis in front with a wide open cage.James Neal added a goal less than three minutes later, his 15th of the year. But it was the rookie, Beau Bennett, who made the play happen. Bennett outmuscled Wayne Simmonds for the puck and sent a pass to James Neal by the half-boards. Neal quickly fired a sharp angle shot with Evgeni Malkin driving to the net, and the puck went off of defenseman Braden Coburn and in the net.Late in the second period, Tyler Kennedy scored to tie the game at four a piece. The Penguins' third line continued to work hard in the offensive zone and it resulted in Matt Cooke setting up Kennedy for the one-timer. Bryzgalov never saw the puck as he was being screened by Brandon Sutter in front. After the goal, the Flyers pulled Bryzgalov for Brian Boucher.It didn't help the Flyers in the third period as Chris Kunitz scored 18 seconds in to give the Penguins their first lead. The Flyers came close to tying the score a few times in the final frame, but the Penguins responded with one of their best defensive periods of the season. Scott Hartnell deflected a puck into the net but the play was immediately waved off due to a high stick playing the puck. With the win, the Penguins moved nine points ahead of the Flyers with a game in hand, while staying five points ahead of the New Jersey Devils for first in the Atlantic Division.Per ROOT Sports, the last time the Penguins came back from a 4-1 deficit and won was April 1st, 1973.Jakub Voracek has 12 points in 13 games against the Penguins; he has five goals in his last two games vs. Pittsburgh.Sidney Crosby has 14 points (4 g, 10 a) over his last six games.Three StarsChris KunitzJakub VoracekSidney Crosby
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As late as Tuesday evening, the diagnosis on Matt Read was that he was healing, but would likely need three more weeks to heal after sustaining torn rib cage muscles February 20th vs. Pittsburgh.
Read, though, was eager to return to the Flyers, who could use the young Forward's skills as they try to fight their way into playoff contention. Read lead the team with 13 points...
Chris Pronger spoke to the media Thursday for the first time since mid-November of 2011. Pronger called the press conference because he wanted to speak to the media about his situation and to answer questions about everything that has been going on.
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Peter Laviolette took the praise just a bit further. Emphasis ours.
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Nick Grossmann scored the first Flyers' goal in their 6-5 win over the Penguins on Feb. 20. Grossmann's stauts for tonight's game is unknown after he suffered a groin injury in the Flyers' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.
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The Philadelphia Flyers host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in yet another installment of hockey’s best rivalry. The last time these two met, the Flyers’ Jakub Voracek netted a hat trick in a thrilling 6-5 victory in Pittsburgh. These games have become must-watch affairs — fighting is mandatory, goaltending is optional and two-goal leads are really [...]The post Philly Fans...
Chris Kunitz scored his second goal just 18 seconds into the third period to cap a four-goal rally and lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Tyler Kennedy also scored goals for the Atlantic Division-leading Penguins, who won their third straight game.
Jakub Voracek had two power-play goals, Zac...
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News,
Pronger, 38, has understandably not addressed the media or the public about his ultimate career-ending eye injury until now. There isn’t much he’s allowed to say.
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from Randy Miller of the Courier-Post,
Afterward, Claude Giroux called it the worst loss in what’s been a disappointing season.
“Yeah, when you’re up 4-1, you gotta find a way to close the game up,” the Flyers captain said.
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The most important week of the Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-1) regular season continues tonight with a clash against the archrival Pittsburgh Penguins (15-8-0). Tonight's game at the Wells Fargo Center starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised locally on CSN Philly and nationally on NHL Network.
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Pens win for second time in three matchups with Philly on Thursday
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Paul Martin returned to the lineup...
UGH IT'S AN AFTERNOON GAME! I ******* hate afternoon games man, they're the worst. I mainly hate them because the Bruins absolutely blow donkey balls in afternoon games. I'm not sure what it is, but they seem to never show up for these games. Hopefully, though, the fact that they're playing the Flyers changes everything.
You have to think that the Flyers...
There are wins. Then there are big wins. This game: ******* huge win. Maybe Dan Bylsma flipped out after the first period; maybe he didn't say anything. Whatever he did, it was the right move. The Pens now leave Philly knowing they can beat this Flyers team, and the importance of that can't be put into words.
It took the Penguins about 14 games over two...