The Philadelphia Flyers were in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins in the final ‘Battle of Pennsylvania’ for the 2016-17 season. The Penguins had already clinched a playoff spot, but are still trying to get the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia was trying to hang onto their extremely slim playoff lives.
Radko Gudas got called for a questionable early penalty.
He wasn’t very happy about it.
Steve Mason stood tall against the world as the Penguins got a few shots on net.
But then they broke through. Matt Cullen got one by Mason.
Things started to pick up physically in front of the Penguins net.
Ivan Provorov is a Russian hammer.
Brandon Manning put a beatdown on Cameron Gaunce.
The Flyers started to pick it up, and Jordan Weal got on the board!
A Weally good shot!
Weal and Simmer give me life.
Ivan Provorov has a great set of wheels.
The Flyers went into the locker room tied at one.
They had a few chances early in the second period to take the lead, but they were stopped by Murray…
…and then iron.
They finally took the lead on a dirty goal in front by Valtteri Filppula!
Filp, Filp, Filpadelphia!
The Penguins challenged for interference, but the goal stood! 2-1 Flyers.
Travis Konecny wasn’t getting too much ice time, but he was making himself known out there.
The Flyers led 2-1 after two periods.
They quickly added to their lead in the third.
Sean Couturier got the puck across to Konecny who found Dale Weise in front!
Konecny flagged down a pass from Sean Couturier so quickly and well to get it over to Weise for the goal.
Simmonds made contact to the head of Brian Dumoulin.
Here’s another look at the hit. It’s good to note that Dumoulin did return to the game and finished it.
It was all started by Shayne Gostisbehere, whose ability to start a breakout allowed the goal to happen.
Ghost then nearly made it 5-1 with a rocket off the post.
But instead, Hornqvist gave the Penguins some life with a goal to make it 4-2.
With the net empty for Pittsburgh, Radko Gudas picked up the puck, fired it into the net off a defender to make it 5-2. Don’t ignore that Mark Streit swing and miss, either.
Then for good measure, Gostisbehere blessed us with a Ghost bomb to make it 6-2.
It was the perfect icing on the cake.
What a night in Pittsburgh!
The Flyers would even the season series at two apiece. They return to action on Tuesday for another busy week of hockey down the home stretch.
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