If you are a fan of defense, this one was not for you. Despite falling in a 3-0 hole, the Philadelphia Flyers (12-5-3g) gutted one out over the Rival Pittsburgh Penguins (12-9-1), 4-3. Claude Giroux was a force an evening with a pair of goals and an assist.
Buoyed by the euphoria of Sidney Crosby returning, the Penguins took advantage of suspect Philadelphia’s defense. Pittsburgh put up three goals in just 1:11. Kris Letang was left alone and converted at the 2:45 mark while former Flyer, Mark Friedman nabbed his first NHL goal just :35 later when kept working and batted a loose puck past Flyer goalie, Brian Elliott.
Jared McCann converted off more Philly confusion and was aided by Kasparov Kapanen, and Flyer nemesis, Evgeni Malkin and Pittsburgh seemed to skate away with this important tilt. Travis Konecny and Jake Voracek set up Sean Couturier for a cannon shot while Philly was turning the tide. The first ended with the 3-1 Pittsburgh Crosby’s edge.
Claude Giroux donned his Captain sweater and took advantage of a Penguin break down. Oskar Lindblom and Nick Aube-Kubel did the dirty work and the question was, can Philly continue to control? The combatants went the final stanza with pride on the line.
Giroux went back to work and hit Scott Laughton who blasted a thirty-foot cannon that Pens netminder, Tristian Jarry had zero chance of stopping. So, overtime loomed… not so fast, at 17:52, Giroux was Claudy on the spot and his buddies, Lindblom and Aubrey-Kubel earned points on the game-winner.
Brian Elliott, who started slow, turned away 27 of 30 Pens tries. Jarry was not so fortunate and made 31 saves of the 35 Philly shots.