PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08: Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers makes a save on a shot by Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and watches the rebound go wide in the first period of an NHL hockey game at Wells Fargo Center on December 8, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Penguins Vs. Flyers: Pens Can't Come Back From Flyers' Three-Goal Lead

James Neal and Evgeni Malkin scored for the Pens, but Pittsburgh came up short, losing 3-2.

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Penguins Vs. Flyers Final Score: Pens Comeback Comes Up Short As Pittsburgh Loses, 3-2

The Penguins managed to close the Philadelphia Flyers’ lead to one, but that was all they could manage, and the Flyers won, 3-2.

The Flyers got off to a 3-0 lead. They scored first on a rather strange-looking first-period goal by Danny Briere (who nearly lost track of the puck before firing from about 30 feet). Then they got a second-period goal by Wayne Simmonds on the last few seconds of a power play after a penalty by Joe Vitale, as Claude Giroux made a beautiful pass to Jakub Voracek to set up Simmonds. Minutes later, there was another from Scott Hartnell.

The Pens' James Neal put in a wrist shot on the power play (with assists from Evgeni Malkin and Matt Niskanen) with six minutes left in the second period, and Malkin (assisted by Brooks Orpik and Arron Asham) brought the Pens within a goal. But Pittsburgh couldn’t close the deal, despite 14 shots in the third period.

Ilya Bryzgalov had 25 saves for the Flyers; Marc-Andre Fleury had 26 for the Penguins.

The Pens (16-8-4) now travel to face the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh.


Penguins Vs. Flyers: Philadelphia Has Two Goal Lead In Second Period

Mid way through the second period in Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Penguins trail the Flyers 1-0 at Wells Fargo Center. Daniel Briere beat Marc-Andre Fleury seven minutes into the first period for the game's only goal. It was definitely a fluky goal, with Briere simply firing the puck from 40-plus feet. It then ricocheted off two Pens defensemen and past the Pens netminder for the lead. Philadelphia has applied constant pressure in the Pens' zone so far, rifling 15 shots on Fleury in the first period

Wayne Simmonds was credited with the assist on Briere's fluke, but in the second period, Simmonds would add his own goal. It came with just seconds remaining on the power play. Simmonds was fed by Jakub Voracek, who crossed the puck right in front of Fleury for the wide open tap-in goal. League points leader Claude Giroux set up the initial chance, threading the puck through the Pens defense to set up Voracek's feed.

It's a heated rivalry that features the Eastern Conference's top two points leaders. The Pens have 30 minutes to get back in it.

For more Penguins coverage, please visit Pensburgh, SB Nation's Penguins blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation Philly and Broad Street Hockey, SB Nation's Flyers blog.


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