Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 2

Thursday, December 8, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 16-9-2-2 8-2-2-0 8-7-0-2 L2
Philadelphia 17-7-2-1 7-4-1-1 10-3-1-0 W4


Wayne Simmonds collected a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov won for the ninth time in 11 decisions as the Philadelphia Flyers moved into first place in the Atlantic Division with a 3-2 home triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.
Scott Hartnell netted his fourth goal in as many contests, Danny Briere also tallied and Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots for Philadelphia, which has won four in a row and six of its last seven games.
The Flyers got the early jump on Thursday after having to erase three-goal deficits in two of their previous three contests.
After Briere opened the scoring with a wild shot that caromed off two Penguins and past Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period, Simmonds doubled the advantage midway through the second. With Philadelphia on the power play, Jakub Voracek alertly fed Simmonds on the doorstep for an easy tap-in.
Hartnell followed nearly five minutes later after defenseman Andrej Meszaros skated into the zone. The blue-liner wristed a feed toward the left post which Hartnell deposited into the net for his 13th goal of the season.
James Neal scored a power-play goal with 5:50 remaining in the second to find the scoresheet for the first time in four contests.
Evgeni Malkin trimmed the deficit to one at 8:21 of the third period, but Pittsburgh failed to net the equalizer and dropped its second straight game after winning four of its previous five.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   Philadelphia
Evgeni Malkin 2 Points Wayne Simmonds 2
Evgeni Malkin 1 Goals Wayne Simmonds 1
Evgeni Malkin 1 Assists Wayne Simmonds 1
James Neal 1 Power Play Goals Wayne Simmonds 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marc-Andre Fleury .897 Save Percentage Ilya Bryzgalov .926
Marc-Andre Fleury 26 Saves Ilya Bryzgalov 25

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 27 2 1-5 5-6 17 38
Philadelphia 29 3 1-6 4-5 15 33

Upcoming Games

  • Philadelphia will play its next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Flyers have a W/L % of .562 after a win and .727 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game on the road against NY Islanders. The Penguins have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .615 after a loss.
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