by Tony on 03/22/09 at 05:36 PM ET
For the first time in a long time, it became apparent as the Flyers/Penguins game went along that this was going to be one of those games that was just not going to be in the cards for the Pens.
Flyers’ goalie Marty Biron made numerous key saves, and the Flyers took advantage of eight Penguins’ penalties with two powerplay goals in their 3-1 win over the Pens at the Igloo.
It is only the second regulation loss for the Penguins under IHCDB, and give the Flyers credit, they played a solid road game to get the win.
The Flyers held Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin not only off the scoreboard, but off the shot chart as well. Some of that must be contributed to the three giveaways that both Crosby and Malkin had, most of which occured in the Flyers’ zone. The Penguins had 11 giveaways total, as compared to only one by the Flyers.
However, while the Flyers shut those two out, the Penguins only allowed 20 shots themselves, 10 of which came in the final 20 minutes.
After a Bill Guerin holding penalty, the Flyers scored off the initial faceoff. Claude Giroux fired a slapper from the right point that was deflected to Mike Knuble, who threw the puck on net. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped the initial shot, but Simon Gagne fired the rebound through the five hole of Fleury to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead about five minutes into the game.
They doubled their lead back on the powerplay early in the second period when Danny Briere brought the puck along the right boards in the Pens’ zone and fed the puck to Jeff Carter. Carter quickly passed it towards Scott Hartnell, off whose foot the puck deflected and into the net. Officials properly ruled that there was no kicking motion, and that made it 2-0 Flyers.
The Penguins’ powerplay had been having problems for most of the game, but were finally able to convert to cut the Flyers’ lead in half midway through the third period. Sidney Crosby was able to gain possession of the puck along the boards and fire a centering feed to Kris Letang, who one-timed it off the right pad of Biron and into the net to make it 2-1 at the 10:02 mark.
That was the closest the Penguins would come, as the Flyers scored on an empty netter by Darroll Powe at 19:32 for the final score of 3-1.
- Sergei Gonchar took an uncharacteristic double roughing minor at the end of the second period. The Pens, however, killed all four minutes.
- Five blocked shots for Mark Eaton.
- Four hits for Chris Kunitz.
- Gonchar led in icetime with 27:28.
The Penguins are now off until Wednesday, when they will continue their homestand against the Calgary Flames.
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