The Battle for Pennsylvania Ends with a Tough Loss in OT

The Philadelphia Flyers (27-17-6) head to the “Igloo” to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins (31-14-5).  Before the All-Star Break, the Flyers got the “W” over the Penguins in South Philly. Nine days later is round 2 for this fierce rivalry. Not many scoring chances for either team during the first period. Voracek scores the first and only goal in the first period giving the Fly-Guys a 1-0 lead.  The assist by Niskanen and Farabee.

Scoracek with the first goal.

After a one-score first period, Malkin knocks in a goal with a Pittsburgh favorable bounce of the puck tying the game at 1-1 under five minutes in the second period.  The Pens put their foot on the accelerator.  Rust with goal number 2 in the second period off a sweet pass in front of the net from Crosby.  TK gets called for some highly questionable tripping call. Letang puts Pittsburgh up 3-1 with less than 9 minutes left in the period on a powerplay goal. 

The Flyers would not go quietly into intermission.  Pitlick hits the corner over Jarry’s left shoulder making it 3-2.  Assists by Abul-Kebel and Niskanen. The period ends with 46 seconds left on a Philly powerplay. 

Pitlick making it 2 for the Flyers

The third period is underway and quickly Laughton ties it up quickly off a pass from Hayes.  Assists from Pitlick and Hayes. The score is knotted up at 3.  Things get chippy on the ice.  Multiple scuffles break out as time continues to wind down.

Flyers keep our hearts pumping with many scoring chances but Philly cannot connect. Jarry stands on his head keeping the game tied to the end of regulation.

Voracek, Coots, and Provy on the ice for 3-on-3 hockey going into extra hockey. Unfortunately, the game ends with a dagger from #87. Ending the game 4-3, Pittsburgh.

One thing not noted on the ice was the classy move by Penguins player. They donned #OskarStrong shirts showing support for Lindblom who is fighting a rare form of cancer. Ewing’s Sarcoma is a rare form of bone or soft tissue cancer that is more common in children. Lindblom is 23-years-old.

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