Penguins Vs. Flyers: Pens Drop Third In A Row In Home Loss

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Penguins Vs. Flyers: Claude Giroux's Two Goals Help Flyers Drop Pens, 3-2

Sports Network | October 29, 2010

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Claude Giroux scored twice as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, at CONSOL Energy Center.

Daniel Carcillo scored the other goal for the Flyers, who won consecutive games for the first time this season. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots in the win.

Kris Letang had a goal and an assist while Tyler Kennedy scored the other for the Penguins, who have dropped three straight. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 21 shots in the loss.

The first four minutes of the game saw a pair of fights and 32 penalty minutes handed out, but the first goal didn’t occur till 8:12 in.

Evgeni Malkin received a pass at the top of the left circle and slid it down to the right side for a wide-open Letang, who redirected the puck past Bobrovsky for a 1-0 lead.

Philly tied the game 5:20 into the second period while shorthanded. Mike Richards skated into the Pittsburgh zone, but the defender swept the puck away from him. Richards caught up to the loose puck along the left boards and passed out to the slot for Giroux, who shifted to the backhand and lifted the puck over Fleury.

With 6:26 to play in the second, the Flyers went up. Matt Carle held the puck at the left point and sent a simple shot on net. From in front, Carcillo got his stick on it and redirected it past Fleury for a 2-1 lead.

Pittsburgh got a power play 6:23 into the third when Jody Shelley was called for interference, but nothing came of it as the Flyers stymied the Penguins attack.

With 9:17 to play, Philly got an insurance goal on the power play when Giroux slammed the puck home from the left side during a scrum in front for his sixth goal of the year.

Pittsburgh got Fleury out of the net later for the extra attacker and made it a one-goal game as Sidney Crosby sent a hard backhand pass from the right circle to the left where Kennedy one-timed it home with 44.6 seconds left.

The Pens, though, were unable to net the equalizer as the Flyers hung on for the win.

Pittsburgh starts a four-game road trip in Carolina on Saturday…The Flyers host the Islanders on Saturday…The road team has won all three games in the series this season…Philly, which opened its season with a 3-2 win in Pittsburgh on October 7, has won consecutive games in Pittsburgh for the first time since taking three in a row from November 19, 2005-January 21, 2006…Pittsburgh which went 0-for-6 on the power play, is 0-for-20 on the man advantage over its last four games…Philly went 1-for-5 on the power play…Giroux leads the NHL with three shorthanded goals.


Penguins Vs. Flyers: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Meet For Third Time This Season

Sports Network | October 29, 2010


(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will attempt to win consecutive games for the first time this season when they visit the rival Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Flyers will also try to exact a measure of revenge against the Penguins after Pittsburgh dismantled Philadelphia, 5-1, at the Wells Fargo Center back on Oct. 16. The Flyers and Pens have split two meetings so far this year, as Philly earned a 3-2 win on Oct. 7 in the first-ever game at Pittsburgh's new arena.

Overall, the Pens have taken six of eight and eight out of 11 in this series, but the Flyers have won two of three and three of five in the Steel City.

Philadelphia last played on Tuesday against Buffalo and skated to a 6-3 win over the visiting Sabres. Jeff Carter recorded a goal and two assists as the Flyers posted a season-high for goals in a game.

Claude Giroux and Danny Briere added a goal and a helper each for the Flyers, who also notched a season-best three power-play goals. Nikolay ZherdevDarroll Powe and Andreas Nodl also tallied to back 32 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky.

Scott Hartnell also recorded an assist in the win to push his point streak to five games.

"I think we're capable of scoring more goals than we have this year and tonight it was nice to put some in the back of the net," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, whose club looked moribund in a 2-1 loss at Columbus on Monday. "And to get it from different people, it seemed like everybody had a hand in it."

The Flyers are 0-2-1 in games directly following wins this year and are also just 1-1-1 on the road.

The Penguins, meanwhile, enter tonight having dropped two in a row (0-1-1) and were dealt a 5-3 setback Wednesday in Tampa. Martin St. Louis scored a pair of third-period goals as the Lightning rallied from a two-goal first-period deficit to beat the Penguins.

Craig Adams notched a goal and two helpers for the Penguins, who had won four in a row prior to dropping their last two outings.

Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis also lit the lamp, but Marc-Andre Fleury faltered late and allowed four goals on 30 shots in the setback.

"I just thought we took too many penalties," noted Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik of his team, which was called for 10 penalties and gave the Lightning seven power-play chances. "Even with them not scoring on every one, it's exactly what you can't do if you want to win."

Pittsburgh forward Arron Asham did make his Penguins debut in Wednesday's loss after sitting out the first nine games of the year with a shoulder injury. That means Asham, who played the previous two seasons in Philly, will get a chance to face his former team tonight.

The Pens are 2-3-0 on home ice this year after losing the first three games in the short history of the CONSOL Energy Center.

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