Flyers Beat Penguins in OT, 2-1
The Philadelphia Flyers swept their home-and-home set with the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2-1 victory in sudden death overtime at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday evening. Both games against the Penguins saw the Flyers trail first, come back at win beyond regulation.
On Monday, the Flyers trailed, 1-0, at the first intermission. The Flyers coughed up an odd-man rush in the final minute of the first period as both a pinching Travis Sanheim and the support forward (Joel Farabee) were caught up ice on a Penguins counterattack.
Sidney Crosby (15th of the season) scored off a pass from Jake Guentzel at 9:14. Bryan Rust received the secondary assist.
The 1-0 Pittsburgh edge held until 9:46 of the second period when the red-hot Tyson Foerster wired home a shot from the top of the left circle for his fourth goal in the last three games (5th of the season). The assists went to Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim.
There were several scary minutes in the latter half of the second period with the Flyers hemmed in their own zone. Carter Hart had to make three excellent saves in a row to keep the score at 1-1. At one juncture, Sanheim was trapped on the ice for a mind-numbing 3:23 because the Flyers were unable to change.
The third period was a seesaw stanza, but both Hart and Alex Nedeljkovic kept the game deadlocked. In OT, both Konecny (who had a pair of breakaways earlier in the game) and Sanheim had Grade A chances. Kris Letang had an opportunity for the Pens.
Finally, at 3:55 of overtime, the Flyers prevailed as they won a faceoff, beat the Penguins down the ice and Couturier (6th goal of the season) scored from the right side to end the game off a cross-ice feed from Konecny. Sanheim, who started the sequence and sent the puck ahead to Konecny, earned the secondary assist.
Hart earned the win as he stopped 31 of 32 shots. In a losing cause, Nedeljkovic stopped 31 of 33 Philadelphia shots.
The Flyers went 0-for-1 on the power play. The Penguins were 0-for-3.
For an in-depth recap, period-by-period synopsis, analysis and highlights see the Postgame 5
on the Flyers' official website.
The Flyers will not practice on Tuesday. They will fly to Arizona to begin preparations for their road trip. There's a practice at the IcePlex Community Rink on Wednesday, a game against the Arizona Coyotes at Mullett Arena (9:30 p.m. ET) on Thursday, a practice in Denver on Friday, and a game on Saturday evening against the Colorado Avalanche. On Sunday, the Flyers will travel to Nashville. They'll practice and Bridgestone Arena next Monday, and play the Predators next Tuesday.