Wednesday night rivalry is now on a whole new level.
Philadelphia stole revenge at the death Wednesday night in PIttsburgh. In an epic battle, the Philadelphia Flyers topped the rolling Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-5. The Flyers are now tied for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins started Tomas Vokoun in net, a move that would come back to haunt them. The first period, however, fell in Pittsburgh’s favor. The Pens dominated possession to start the contest, and five minutes in, they reaped reward. Matt Niskanen scored from inside the blue-line to put the Penguins ahead early. The Flyers looked out of it to start the period. After a Philadelphia timeout, young gun Harry Zolnierczyk took a silly boarding penalty, and put the Flyers in a hole. Evgeni Malkin converted the power play opportunity nine feet out, and the Flyers trailed 2-0.
Never fear. Captain Claude is here.
Giroux came onto the ice and put in a classy shift, and inspired his team. Subsequently, Nicklas Grossmann lit the lamp with a wrist flick, and put his team straight back into the mix. 60 seconds later, Wayne Simmonds scored a shot off the stick of a Penguin, and the Flyers had refueled to life to tie the game.
A period later, Jak Voracek arrived to work. He would break the tie 10 seconds before the end of the second period. Vorcaek would not be finished. To start the third period, Voracek picked up after he left off. He lit the lamp to open the lead to a 4-2 margin.
Chaos usually arrives when one least expects it.
After a wild, chaotic series of penalties, 5-on-3s, and mistakes the Penguins were tied, 5-5. The Flyers bench looked shell-shocked, and a sense of defeat loomed over them. Jak Voracek would flick a wrist shot, on a tight angle, and turn away to look for a rebound.
He ended up muddled in a celebratory team hug, as the shot flicked off of Vokoun’s foot into the net. The goal came with 1:31 left in the game. The Flyers would hold on to win the contest, and obtain bragging rights over the hated Penguins.
The Flyers improved to 8-9-1, and will host Florida on Thursday, 7:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Center.