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Wrap: Penguins Punish Flyers, 5-2

March 2, 2021, 10:07 PM ET [190 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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In the first match of a three-game set, the visiting Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night.

After a scoreless first period, Joel Farabee (9th goal of the season) gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. The Penguins then surged for an even strength breakaway and a power play goal by Kasperi Kapanen (4th and 5th) and then a goal in front by Bryan Rust (7th).

Farabee briefly got the Flyers back within 3-2 with his second goal of the game (10th of the season) but a counterrack goal by Cody Ceci (2nd) just 1:08 later restored a two-goal margin for Pittsburgh. Mike Matheson (2nd) scored on a botched attempt to get an extra attacker out for a 6-on-5.

Carter Hart stopped 22 of 27 shots. Despite not facing an overwhelming number of shots, he was too often left to fend for himself on high-danger chances. The final goal came as he tried to leave the net for an extra attacker and got caught in no-man's land after the Flyers failed to get the puck in deep enough. Tristan Jarry denied 38 of 40 Flyers shots.

Travis Konecny returned to the Flyers' lineup in the game after exiting the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Sunday. Nicolas Aube-Kubel was a healthy scratch.

The Penguins played without the services of team captain Sidney Crosby, who was placed in the COVID-19 protocol earlier in the day. Former Flyers defenseman Mark Friedman, claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh last Thursday, made his Penguins debut.

For analysis, highlights and more from the game, visit the Postgame Five on the Flyers' official website.
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