Flyers Fall in Wild Game to Penguins: 5-4

The Flyers scored first, breaking a trend of falling early, with two goals in the first period. First was Jake Voracek, from Brandon Manning and Radko Gudas and second was Wayne Simmonds, burying a beautiful feed from Brayden Schenn. However, late in the period is where the Flyers faltered, with Pittsburgh scoring 3 goals, two from Sidney Crosby and the third from Matt Cullen, in a 55 second span to both take a 3-2 lead and chase starting goalie Steve Mason from the game.

The second period started strong for the Penguins as Evgeni Malkin would score to put the Penguins up 4-2. However, the Flyers would roar back to tie the game as Claude Giroux buried his first of the season off a beautiful keep by Radko Gudas. Pittsburgh challenged the validity of the goal but referees deemed the result inconclusive, which upheld the original goal call. Jake Voracek would soon be hauled down on a breakaway and was granted a penalty shot. He converted to tie the game and send the teams into the second intermission even up at 4.

However, the third period saw Malkin score again, his 300th NHL goal and the Penguins would survive a late onslaught to win the game 5-4.

Side Notes: Nick Cousins (F) and Andrew MacDonald (D) were both scratched as Dale Weise (F) and Nick Schultz (D) both drew back into the game. Flyers avoided a scary moment in the first period as Giroux missed a few shifts after hobbling off the ice. Rookie Ivan Provorov had another strong game defending zone entries and has shown some solid chemistry with defensive partner Mark Streit. The Flyers are off to Raleigh, North Carolina to take on the Hurricanes tomorrow, October 30.

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