PHILADELPHIA — A wet mess of a Stadium Collection game at Lincoln Financial Discipline on Saturday night was mostly disastrous for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Claude Giroux scored with 3 minutes, 1 2nd still left in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory. The Penguins led by two goals with less than 4 minutes to play.
The stage acquired in the standings moved the Penguins into a tie with Carolina for the eighth and last playoff spot in the Jap Meeting. The rest of the news, particularly accidents to Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang, was mostly bad.
Dumoulin endured a concussion, and Letang is currently being evaluated for an higher-body harm, coach Mike Sullivan explained.
“We battled tricky below tricky circumstances,” goalie Matt Murray explained. “Two (defensemen) have been down. Our ‘D’ did an unbelievable position all night.”
With the Penguins keeping a seemingly safe 3-1 guide with 4 minutes, 20 seconds still left, Matt Cullen was known as for slashing.
The Flyers scored on the electric power play with the goalie pulled. James Van Riemsdyk cleaned up a free puck in the crease with 3:04 to play.
The Flyers tied the rating with 19.7 seconds to go. Off an offensive-zone faceoff, Jakub Voracek tracked down a puck in the corner and fired a bad-angle shot that slipped earlier Murray.
“Most of that was on me,” Murray explained. “I feel like (expletive) for that previous 1.”
Sullivan mostly backed his goalie after the game.
“Obviously, we’d like to see him carry a very little extra consistency to his game,” Sullivan explained. “It’s going to assistance us down the extend listed here. But Matt’s a pretty good goalie, and we believe in him.”
With Dumoulin and Letang wounded on the identical play late in the initial period, Justin Schultz, Jack Johnson, Marcus Petterson and Chad Ruhwedel carried a significant ice-time load in a game performed in constant but usually mild rain in entrance of an announced group of 69,620.
With less than 4 minutes still left in the initial, Dumoulin was drilled by a Wayne Simmonds hit after preserving a puck in at the still left stage. Simmonds drove his shoulder into Dumoulin’s chin, leaving the Penguins defenseman motionless on the ice for a several minutes. He sooner or later skated off on his very own.
Simmonds was not penalized for the hit.
Letang immediately accosted Simmonds afterwards, and in the scrum that followed, he was tackled to the ice by Philadelphia’s Shayne Gostisbehere. Letang also still left the ice for healthcare awareness and did not return.
That still left the Penguins enjoying with just 4 defensemen for the last 43 minutes, 37 seconds of the game.
“I wouldn’t use (fatigue) as an excuse,” Johnson explained. “I felt great at the conclusion of the game. The worst section is we dropped two good gamers.”
Inspite of that clear disadvantage, the Penguins took a 2-1 guide in the 2nd period.
Ten minutes in, Schultz wound up and fired a tricky shot from the middle stage, tumbling to the ice as it still left his adhere. The puck bounced tricky off the conclusion boards back again out to Schultz, who had regained his vertical foundation in the proper faceoff circle. He shot in below the crossbar to force the Penguins in advance.
Significantly less than seven minutes into the third period, the Penguins made it 3-1. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel skated across the blue line two on two. Malkin’s shot from the higher slot hit the glove of Brian Elliott, popped higher in the air and banked in off the goalie’s skate.
Sidney Crosby, as he normally does when enjoying in Philadelphia, tormented the group by scoring the initial objective of the game about eight minutes in.
The Flyers couldn’t link on a defensive-zone go from Travis Sanheim to Jakub Voracek, and Letang stepped up to knock the free puck toward the slot. Crosby collected it and conquer Elliott with a forehand-backhand transfer.
“It’s coming down fairly good, but you know, with a guide, that would commonly operate to your gain with rolling pucks and items like that,” Crosby explained. “Unfortunately, we gave them some existence there and they took gain of it.”
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