At the Linc, the Flyers hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of a sellout crowd of 69,620.
Sidney Crosby opened the scoring at 7:59 of the first period, capitalizing on a turnover and taking the feed from Kris Letang.
Just over 4 minutes later, Sean Couturier tied the game with a wrist shot on the rush off a pass from Oskar Lindblom.
Late in the first, Wayne Simmonds leveled Brian Dumoulin with a high, possibly borderline, hit that knocked Dumoulin out of the game. A crowd gathered and given that emotions were already high after the Evgeni Malkin slashing incident last week, it wasn’t shocking to see the teams get chippy. Mike Sullivan confirmed after the game that Dumolin had suffered a concussion on the play.
Midway through the second, Justin Schultz gave the Penguins the lead with a goal after his own shot bounced off the back boards and to him in the slot.
In the third, Malkin made it 3-1 when a seemingly harmless slap shot bounced out of Elliott’s glove high into the air, hit his leg and rolled into the net. Brian Elliott refused to blame the weather for the goal. “I’m not making anyone for that one. I just didn’t catch it….it went off my foot and in.”
With about three minutes left in the third, with Elliott pulled for an extra attacker, JVR brought the Flyers to within one with a powerplay goal.
In the final minute, the Flyers got Elliott to the bench and worked hard with multiple changes to tie it. In the end, Jake Voracek tied it with 18 seconds left and sent the game to overtime.
Claude Giroux, the captain, won it in Overtime with to cap off his 800th career NHL game and first outdoor win with the game winning goal.
After the game Jake Voracek said, “I think it was the biggest win of the year.”