NBC Sunday night hockey. A do-or-die, must win if any such games exist. The hated rival Penguins playing host in the CONSOL Energy Arena. A looming trade deadline, hinting to the departure of players if results failed to change.

The Flyers were valiantly motivated for this game. Unfortunately, it was to no avail.

The Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Sunday. Philadelphia now looks dispatched from the Eastern Conference playoff race, while Pittsburgh marches on.

The first period was a balanced affair, totaling zero goals through the first 20 minutes. Into the second period, the Flyers went on the power play. Life oozed onto the orange-and-black bench. Claude Giroux skated into the zone, had a shot deflected, and recovered it off the defender. Immediately, he scooped home a wrist shot inside the left circle to give Philly the lead. The CONSOL Energy Center fell silent.

In the third, however, the Flyers came roaring back. After playing a flawless game, behind Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia cracked. The Flyers gave up two penalties, leaving themselves on a five-on-three. They could not cope, as Sid the Kid struck. The hated Crosby tied the game, and put the Flyers on the back foot.

Into overtime,¬†Tyler¬†Kennedy converted¬†Pittsburgh’s momentum¬† The Penguins had the world behind them as they skated into the offensive zone.. Kennedy scored on a simple slap shot from inside the blue line, to finish Philly.

The loss quells the Flyers’ playoff hopes, and leaves them as sellers going into April third. This season is not the players’ fault. GM Paul Holmgren stranded his team when swinging and missing on Zach Parise, Shea Weber, and others. The team lacks depth and talent, and failed to swim in a crazy lockout season. The Flyers fell to 13-16-2, and will host the Rangers Tuesday, 7:30 PM at the Wells Fargo Center.

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