Both teams were aggressive on defense early. Cameron Gaunce did an awesome job hitting Flyers while Ian Cole did a great job checking and fighting for the puck. Philadelphia limited Pittsburgh to one shot on goal in the first seven minutes.
Evgeni Malkin had an illegal stick penalty. Philadelphia did a good job with puck control. The Penguins' did a better job holding their ground with their penalty killing unit.
Pittsburgh didn't have Kris Letang, Olli Maata, or Trevor Daily. Philadelphia had 8 shots on goal in the first 10 and a half minutes without those three players on the blue line for the Penguins.
Mark Streit missed an easy assignment. I'll give Crosby credit for creating the separation and tapping the wrist shot in. Crosby got his 34th goal of the year to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 lead. Crosby still leads the NHL in goals on the season.
Matt Murray got his tenth save in the first period. Gaunce unleashed two more hits on the Flyers giving the Penguins newly acquired defenseman from the Carolina Hurricanes 5 hits in the first period.
Matt Murray had 16 saves in the first period. Philadelphia outshot the Pittsburgh Penguins 16-7 in the first period. Pittsburgh won the hits battle 26 to 16 in the first period.
Both teams came into the second period hoping to make some adjustments. Pittsburgh got a power play. Nick Bonino scored on a power play where he got by Ivan Provorov to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead.
Eric Fehr got sent to the penalty box. The Flyers had a chance to cut the deficit in half with a power play. Fehr's hit looked a like a clean hit on Jakub Voracek, but the Flyers went on the power play. That was Voracek's 34th goal and 50th point of the season. Voracek leads the Flyers with 50 points.
Pittsburgh's penalty killing stepped up again. Pittsburgh outshot Philadelphia 6-4 in the first ten minutes of the second period with both teams making good defensive adjustments.
Dale Weisse and Chris Kunitz both got penalized with roughing. Jakub Voracek avoided the stick of gaunce and the stick of Matt Murray to get a critical goal for the Philadelphia Flyers. That made it a 2-1 game.
Philadelphia has been more aggressive outshooting the Penguins in the second period 7-2 since scoring the first goal. Michael Neuvirth pushed the net off and that kept Crosby from getting his second goal.
Pittsburgh led 2-1 after two periods. The Penguins still had 1 minute and 10 seconds left on their power play.
Philadelphia outshot Pittsburgh 28-18 after two periods. Pittsburgh outhit the Flyers 41-28 through periods.
Pittsburgh failed to score on the power play. Matt Cullen scored on a wrist shot. That made it a 3-1 lead.
Shayne Gostbehere executed a slap shot. He scored to make it a 3-2 game.
Pittsburgh led 3-2 halfway through the third period. Both teams switched sides halfway through the third period with ten minutes left.
Pittsburgh scored again to take a two goal lead. You can make a case for both Sidney Crosby and Matt Murray being player of the game. I gave Crosby player of the game honors since he should have had a second goal. Pittsburgh defeats the Flyers 4-2. Pittsburgh gets two more points to get to 84 points on the season.
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