Pens best Flyers in overtime matchup. The Philadelphia Flyers (5-2-2) went back on the road to challenge the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-3-2). Everything pointed to the Flyers skating away with an easy win, which is why I don’t gamble. The Pens came in having dropped their last three decisions, No fewer than 8 Penguins are on the Covid 19 protocol list, including Sidney Crosby and Head Coach, Mike Sullivan. Making his return from the list was Kris Letang who paid dividends.
TO THE ACTION…
Pittsburgh won the opening faceoff and took advantage just 0:16 seconds in with Brock McGinn deflecting a shot from Mike Matheson. It was McGinn’s third of the season with Zach Aston-Reese getting the secondary helper. This would be the only tally in the period despite the Flyers firing 17 times with Pens netminder, Tristan Jarry stopping everything.
Travis Konecny converted a power-play set up from Claude Giroux and Ivan Provorov at the 7:37 mark. It was Konecny’s fourth of the season and only the second Philly power-play goal in their last five games. The euphoria didn’t last long.
At 11:46 Jake Guentzel hit for only his second of the season when he converted a nice set up from John Marino and Danton Heinen, giving the Pens the lead heading to the dressing room for the second intermission.
THIRD AND FINAL?
This period was a back and forth affair, with both teams having chances, but were unable to capitalize. With just 2:52 remaining, James Van Riemsdyk did the work and Scott Laughton reaped the benefits for his 4th of the season, tying the game up for the Flyers.
To overtime, it went…
IN EXTRA TIME…
Kris Letang, just back from the Covid-19 list, scored his first goal of the year off a goalmouth scrum sending Pittsburgh to the victory.
“In the scrum, I told the referee right away ‘You should check it,’”Kris Letang
DIS AND DAT:
Carter Hart is showing that he may be among the elite goaltenders. If not for Hart, this game could very easily get out of hand. Hart faced 36 shots, stopping 33. Tristan Jarry was equally outstanding stopping 36 of 38.
“Their goalie had some big saves he had to make,” “That’s part of today’s game. You need great goaltending. We’re getting some. They got some.”Alain Vigneault – Flyers Head Coach
Philly went 1 of 3 on the advantage a shut down the Penguins on 2 opportunities. Pittsburgh took the face-off battle, 30-27 with Carter winning 12.
PITTSBURGH’S THAT GUY:
Jeff Carter became the 14th active player to play 1,100 games and celebrated with the assist on the game-winner. Pens best Flyers in overtime matchup.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.