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Glen Stricker The Hockey Writers

Published on Thursday, March 16, 2017





Recap: Desperate Flyers Take It to Tired Penguins

Wednesday night’s nationally televised game as part of NBC Sports Network’s rivalry night was an entertaining game throughout. The Pittsburgh Penguins came into Philadelphia having owned the Flyers as of late. However, seeing as Wednesday night’s game was their last of a five-game road trip consisting of traveling much of western Canada before arriving into the City of Brotherly Love, it was obvious the Penguins didn’t have much gas left in the tank besides the play of goaltender Matt Murray.

Besides the first period, which the Penguins dominated much of, the Flyers outskated and out-chanced them the rest of the way, leaving Murray to stop countless odd-man rushes and sequences of high-scoring chances from the Flyers just to keep his team in the game.

The Flyers coming into the game were sitting seven points back of the last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and played desperately. That desperation along with the heavy legs of the Penguins as the game wore on gave way for the winning recipe for the Flyers. If not for Murray, the game could have been a much worse score than it turned out to be.

First Period

The Penguins would ride the initial adrenaline rush to start the game and would take it to the Flyers for much of the period. However, as the period wore on, the Flyers would begin to make their push into taking control of the game. The Penguins certainly had their chances to get an early lead and take advantage of their initial wave of momentum as the Flyers handed them a few key power play,s but ultimately they couldn’t cash in.

Late in the period, as the Flyers began to get their legs under them, the barrage of scoring chances began with ones like this below:

Second Period

The second stanza is where the Flyers took advantage of a tired Penguins team in a malaise, and did not look back. It all began with Sean Couturier, as he smashed home a good rebound opportunity to put the Flyers up 1-0.

From there the Flyers would continue to push the pace, leading the Penguins to take some minor penalties as a result, and Wayne Simmonds, in his office on the power play, put the Flyers up 2-0 and put a stranglehold on the game for the rest of the way.

Third Period

With the Penguins needing to get a bounce to go their way in order to wake themselves up and get some possible momentum going in their favor, the Flyers just continued to out-man and outskate the tired legs of their counterparts. As the third period wore on, it almost looked as if Murray was being left out on an island to fend for himself. He did everything in his power to stop high-quality Flyers scoring chances to keep his team in the mix.

However, the Flyers would finally cash in on Murray as they would not stop coming at him in waves, and it would be the captain Claude Giroux sealing the game and making it 3-0 for the Flyers. The Flyers would go on to score again with the game already set to take home a desperate and much-needed 4-0 shutout win over their archrival Penguins. With the win, they now sit five points out of the last wild-card in the east.

Scoring Summary




PHI – Sean Couturier (11) assisted by Dale Weise and Brayden Schenn

PHI – Wayne Simmonds (29) (PP) assisted by Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov


PHI – Claude Giroux (14) assisted by Bellemare

PHI – Dale Weise (3) assisted by Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier

THW Three Stars

First: Steve Mason (Shutout, 23 saves)

Second: Sean Couturier (goal, assist, 8 SOG)

Third: Ivan Provorov (assist, 27:17 TOI, 5 blocks)

Next Game

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils

The Prudential Center – 7:00 PM EST on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Broadcast Channels: TVAS, MSG+, CSN-PH
Season Series: Devils 2-0

Next Game

New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins

PPG Paints Arena – 7:00 PM EST on Friday, March 17, 2017

Broadcast Channels: SN360, ROOT, MSG+

Season Series: Penguins 3-0


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