These are the games the Flyers need to secure. In a shortened season and sitting two games under .500, time is running out.
The PHiladelphia Flyers squandered a 4-1 lead to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and lost 5-4. Brian Boucher replaced Ilya Bryzgalov in the second period after a discouraging outing. Philly could not obtain a game-tying goal late in the third, after leading most of the game.
After James Neal picked up a penalty, the Flyers took the lead. Almost immediately, Claude Giroux found Jak Voracek on the right wing outside the circle. Voracek’s shot deflected off a Penguin’s stick, and through the legs of Marc-Andre Fleury. Subsequently, Scott Hartnell roughed up James Neal for attacking Claude Giroux previously. Hartnell retired to the penalty box, and that gave the Penguins a golden chance. Pittsburgh scored to tie the game, as a puck landed in Chris Kunitz’ lap. Kunitz scored his 17th goal to tie the contest.
The Flyers would regain the lead for good. For a second power play goal, Zac Rinaldo tucked away his third of 2013. Rinaldo snapped in a rebound off Nicklas Grossmann’s shot. The Flyers stepped on the gas, and never let up.
Philadelphia would stretch the lead to 3-1, thanks to Marc-Andre Fleury. Kimmo Timonen’s snipe eluded Fleury’s sight thanks to a Penguin defender. The Penguin goaltender let the puck slip between him and the post. Jak Voracek added on the power play, when his wrist flick bounced off a Penguin skate and into the goal. Thus ended an orange-and-black first period at 4-1.
As much as the first period went Philly’s way, the second was entirely Pittsburgh. Pacsal Dupuis netted the Penguins’ second goal amid a scrum around the Flyer net. Later, Evgeni Malkin outmuscled Braydon Coburn, and tucked the puck in around him to bring the deficit to one. Tyler Kennedy would tie the game, and the teams were tied going into the third.
Straight into the third period, Chris Kunitz completed the comeback. Kunitz finished a break on Brian Boucher, and the Flyers found themselves trailing. They would not mount a comeback, letting the game slip away straight through their fingertips.
The Flyers fell to 11-13-1, and will travel to Boston Saturday, 1:00 PM at TD Garden.