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Pens Fall to Flyers, 6-5

Philadelphia sneaks victory on late goal

February 21, 2013
The Associated Press , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jakub Voracek scored the go-ahead goal with 1:31 remaining in the third period to cap a hat trick and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a wild 6-5 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Voracek's third goal came 33 seconds after Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter tied the game on a wraparound as the Penguins rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in the third period.

Voracek's first goal of the game came on the power play, giving the Flyers a 3-2 lead with 9.9 seconds left in the second period. His second, the 200th point of his NHL career, put Philadelphia ahead by two goals 18 seconds into the third period.

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) battles for control of the puck with Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere (48) during their game Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist and Nicklas Grossman also scored for the Flyers.

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov overcame a shaky start for his eighth victory.

Evgeni Malkin and James Neal scored power-play goals, while Sutter, Tyler Kennedy and Matt Niskanen also scored for the Penguins.

Fact Box



First Period-1, Pittsburgh, Niskanen 2 (Letang), 5:07. 2, Pittsburgh, Malkin 4 (Martin, Neal), 7:15 (pp). 3, Philadelphia, Grossmann 1 (Knuble, Couturier), 11:49. 4, Philadelphia, Simmonds 5 (Briere), 12:49. Penalties-Zolnierczyk, Phi (boarding), 5:20; Voracek, Phi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:15; Cooke, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:15; Engelland, Pit (roughing), 13:15; Simmonds, Phi, major (fighting), 13:28; B.Schenn, Phi (cross-checking), 13:28; Glass, Pit, major (fighting), 13:28; Rinaldo, Phi (slashing), 17:20; Letang, Pit (slashing), 17:20.

Second Period-5, Philadelphia, Voracek 4 (Simmonds, B.Schenn), 19:50 (pp). Penalties-Couturier, Phi (cross-checking), 4:45; Neal, Pit (interference), 10:24; Adams, Pit (elbowing), 18:28.

Third Period-6, Philadelphia, Voracek 5 (Coburn, Giroux), :18. 7, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 2 (Martin, Orpik), 5:29. 8, Philadelphia, Simmonds 6 (Talbot, Gervais), 7:36. 9, Pittsburgh, Neal 12 (Malkin, Crosby), 12:46 (pp). 10, Pittsburgh, Sutter 4 (Martin, Cooke), 17:57. 11, Philadelphia, Voracek 6 (Giroux), 18:29. Penalties-Couturier, Phi (slashing), 1:14; Malkin, Pit, double minor (roughing), 1:14; Glass, Pit, double minor (high-sticking), 7:56; Knuble, Phi, double minor (high-sticking), 11:36; Fedotenko, Phi (high-sticking), 12:17; Talbot, Phi (closing hand on puck), 13:52.

Shots on Goal-Philadelphia 15-9-8-32. Pittsburgh 13-9-10-32.

Power-play opportunities-Philadelphia 1 of 6; Pittsburgh 2 of 7.

Goalies-Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 8-7-1 (32 shots-27 saves). Pittsburgh, Vokoun 3-3-0 (32-26).

A-18,650 (18,387). T-2:38.

Referees-Mike Leggo, Brad Watson. Linesmen-Brad Lazarowich, Brian Murphy.

The Flyers capped a season-long six-game road trip with two victories. Philadelphia, which routed the New York Islanders 7-0 Monday, struggled early on the road trip, dropping three of its first four games before recovering with two wins.

Tomas Vokoun, making his first start since a home loss against New Jersey on Feb. 10, took the loss.

Philadelphia appeared to put the game away after Simmonds' second goal of the game, which hit off Niskanen's stick went into the net, to make it 5-3 at 7:36 of the third.

But the Penguins rallied on Neal's power-play goal at 12:46 and Sutter's game-tying goal with 2:03 remaining.

Niskanen gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 5:07 of the first, the 14th time in 17 games Pittsburgh scored the opening goal.

Defenseman Kris Letang's shot deflected off a Philadelphia skate to Niskanen, who ripped a hard shot past Bryzgalov.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout after the goal in an attempt to spark his sluggish team, which had just two shots on goal to that point, but it worked in the Penguins' favor.

Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk was whistled for boarding 13 seconds later, putting Pittsburgh's No. 2-ranked power play on the ice.

Malkin nearly converted seven seconds into the advantage, as Bryzgalov gloved a shot against the post, but the play was ruled inconclusive after an extra look by officials.

No matter.

Malkin scored later on the power play at 7:15 of the first, slamming Paul Martin's rebound off the end boards inside the post. It was the ninth straight game the Penguins scored a power-play goal.

The Flyers settled down, scoring twice in the span of a minute to tie the game.

Grossman got the first one, firing a loose puck across the line after a wild net-mouth scramble that had four Penguins piled in the crease, desperately trying to prevent a goal.

Letang tried his best to keep the puck out of the net, stopping the initial shot at the goal line, but it eventually popped out to Grossman, who scored the Flyers' opening goal 11:49 of the first.

Simmonds scored a minute later, taking a Danny Briere pass and powering his way to the top of the crease where he slid a shot past Vokoun.

Then things got heated between the cross-state rivals and the penalty box quickly filled with three players apiece less than a minute after the tying goal.

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