The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second consecutive time since Saturday. It took extra ice time to do it again, but the Flyers won 2-1 in overtime at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. A goal by forward Sean Couturier at 3 minutes, 54 seconds of overtime was the difference. Two days ago, Couturier scored the shootout winner to give the Flyers a 4-3 decision over Pittsburgh.
The Penguins have struggled lately. The Penguins have won three of their past 10 games (3-4-3). It did not stop Crosbey from breaking another record. He established a new one Monday when he recorded his 125th career point against the Flyers, setting an NHL record for career scoring against Philly. Sidney Crosby previously shared the scoring mark against the Flyers with former teammate/boss Mario Lemieux, who posted 124 points against the Flyers in 71 contests. Having first faced the Flyers as an 18-year-old in 2005, Crosby, now 36, breaks the record.
A Gritty Contest
There was not much scoring in this affair—just enough for a Philly victory. Crosby finished a 2-on-1 with Jake Guentzel with 46 seconds left in the first period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. The goal gave him 54 tallies and 125 points in 85 contests against Philadelphia.
Young Tyson Foerster answered midway through the second with his fifth goal of the season to tie the game. Konecny passed to Foerster open in the slot, and he fired a stiff wrist shot high over Nedeljkovic’s right shoulder. The 21-year-old winger buried a game-tying goal from the circle in the second period. The Penguins had several solid scoring chances late in the period, but Carter Hart stood tall in goal for the Flyers. Nedeljkovic later made a great left-pad save on Joel Farabee’s attempt with two minutes left in the period. Konecny twice had breakaway chances on the Flyers’ penalty kill, but Nedeljkovic denied both.
Both teams had quality chances in the third period. Hart made the best save of the frame when he snared Marcus Pettersson’s slap shot with a stellar glove save. The Penguins were 0 for 3 on the power play and now have gone 29 straight opportunities on the man advantage without a goal. The Flyers dropped their single opportunity. The Flyers’ penalty kill was huge yet again. It went 3 for 3 and is 35 for 37 over the last 11 games.
Extra Ice Time
Sean Couturier scored the OT winner off a feed from Travis Konecny. Carter Hart was locked in, recording 31 saves, two of them in OT. Hart had some timely ones in the second period when the Flyers got stuck in their defensive zone for a long shift. Pittsburgh backup Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 31 of the Flyers’ 33 shots. Nedeljkovic turned away two Konecny breakaways over the first two periods. He also robbed Farabee with about two minutes left in the second period of a 1-1 game.
The teams meet twice more this season, Jan. 8 in Philadelphia and Feb. 25 in Pittsburgh. The Flyers retake the ice Thursday in Arizona against the Coyotes at 9 PM EST for some West Coast action. They are now in third place after tonight’s victory in the Metropolitan division.
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