The battle of Pennsylvania was renewed for the first time in the 2023-24 season. Sean Couturier scored the lone goal in the shootout and the Flyers beat the Penguins 4-3 on Saturday night. Flyer’s backup goalie Samuel Ersson who was given the start stopped Jake Guentzel, Sidney Crosby, and Bryan Rust in the shootout to give the Flyers the extra point, after Guentzel forced overtime with 21 seconds left. Tristian Jarry stopped Tyson Foerster and Travis Konecny.
Foerster scored his fourth of the year in regulation and continued a three-game point streak with an assist. Owen Tippett scored his eighth and Scott Laughton scored a short-handed goal. For the Flyers it was their 6th shorthanded goal of the season. For Laughton, his goal snapped a 12-game goalless streak.
Ersson made 29 saves for the Flyers, who ended a two-game losing streak. Philadelphia has won two of its last six games following a five-game win streak. Guentzel scored twice in regulation and Kris Letang added his second for the Penguins, who extended a four-game point streak but have lost four of six games overall.
Jarry stopped 31 shots. He became the 14th goaltender in NHL history, and first in franchise history to score a goal on Thursday at Tampa Bay. The Flyers are looking at reversing their collective fortunes against Pittsburgh. Last season, Pittsburgh swept the season series against Philadelphia for the first time since the 2017-18 season. Philadelphia has five wins in its last 14 games against the Penguins.
The two teams meet again on Monday in Philadelphia when they complete their home and home. Foerster initially gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 13:52 of the third period. Pittsburgh was on an earlier power play and Konecny drew an interference penalty on Erik Karlsson that led to Foerster’s goal with the man advantage.
Pittsburgh went 0-for-5 with the man advantage, including two chances in the third period and a 4-on-3 power play in overtime. Pittsburgh hasn’t scored a power-play goal since Nov. 11 against Buffalo. The Penguins haven’t scored in their last 26 power-play opportunities.