Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 5

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Philadelphia 8-9-0-1 4-1-0-1 4-8-0-0 W2
Pittsburgh 11-6-0-0 3-4-0-0 8-2-0-0 L1


Flyers 6, Penguins 5: Jakub Voracek completed his first career hat trick by scoring the go-ahead goal with 1:31 remaining in the third period as visiting Philadelphia outslugged its Keystone State rival.

Wayne Simmonds collected two goals and an assist and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann also scored. Captain Claude Giroux notched a pair of assists and Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 27 shots for the Flyers, who avenged their season-opening loss to Pittsburgh with their second straight win.

James Neal scored his NHL-best eighth power-play goal and 12th overall this season to tie Buffalo's Thomas Vanek for tops in the league. Evgeni Malkin, Tyler Kennedy, Brandon Sutter and defenseman Matt Niskanen also scored and blue-liner Paul Martin notched three assists for the Penguins, who have been flustered by Philadelphia since losing last season's first-round matchup.

Neal scored on a 5-on-3 power play and Sutter converted on a wraparound to forge a 5-5 tie with 2:03 remaining in the third period. Undaunted, Voracek completed his hat trick after wiring a shot from behind the goal line which caromed off Tomas Vokoun (26 saves) and into the net for his sixth goal of the season.

After registering a career-high four assists in Monday's 7-0 victory over the New York Islanders, Voracek's sharp-angle shot gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead with just 10 seconds remaining in the middle session. He added his second of the contest for his 200th career point after making Vokoun pay for misplaying the puck just 18 ticks into the third.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Malkin's tally on the doorstep extended Pittsburgh's streak to nine consecutive games with a power-play goal. Philadelphia entered the contest having not yielded a short-handed goal in its previous six games. ... Bryzgalov was making his first start in Pittsburgh since Oct. 7, 2009. ... Flyers C Matt Read, who leads the club with seven goals, suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return to the contest.

Top Game Performances

Philadelphia   Pittsburgh
Jakub Voracek 3 Points Paul Martin 3
Jakub Voracek 3 Goals Evgeni Malkin 1
Claude Giroux 2 Assists Paul Martin 3
Jakub Voracek 1 Power Play Goals Evgeni Malkin 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ilya Bryzgalov .844 Save Percentage Tomas Vokoun .812
Ilya Bryzgalov 27 Saves Tomas Vokoun 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Philadelphia 32 6 1-6 5-7 25 20
Pittsburgh 32 5 2-7 5-6 23 41

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against Florida. The Penguins have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play its next game at home against Florida. The Flyers have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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