Bryzgalov solid as Flyers edge PensDec 9, 2011 - 3:55 AM
Danny Briere, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell each had a goal for the Flyers, who have won four games in a row and sit atop the Eastern Conference with 37 points.
"We fought hard. We knew it was going to be a big battle," Hartnell said.
Evgeni Malkin beat Bryzgalov at the 8:21 mark of the third to draw the Penguins within a goal, but the visitors couldn't produce an equalizer.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots for Pittsburgh, which has dropped three of five.
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby sat out the game against Philadelphia for precautionary reasons after a collision with teammate Chris Kunitz in Monday's loss to the Boston Bruins. Crosby also will miss Saturday's visit to the New York Islanders.
Philadelphia opened the scoring on a fluky goal as Briere's shot from the left point deflected off of two Pittsburgh skaters and past Fleury 6:38 into the contest.
Later in the first period, the Flyers were on the wrong end of a 5-on-3 power play. The fact that penalty killers Maxime Talbot and Kimmo Timonen were both without sticks only exacerbated the situation. However, Kunitz took a cross- checking penalty just as the first infraction ended to even things out at 4- on-4.
"It was an opportunity for us; 5-on-3 and two guys lost their sticks," said Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma. "It was certainly a missed opportunity when you get that 5-on-3 and have it for a minute and don't convert, you feel like you let one slip and didn't capitalize."
The Flyers increased their lead to 3-0 in the second period behind goals from Simmonds and Hartnell.
On a power play, the Flyers displayed tremendous puck movement. The red-hot Giroux dished across the ice to Jakub Voracek in the right circle. Voracek then sent the puck through the crease to Simmonds -- uncovered at the back door -- and he swept it into an open net at 8:42.
A net-crashing Hartnell buried Andrej Meszaros' backhand feed at 13:32.
James Neal put the Penguins on the board 38 seconds later with a power-play goal, his eighth of the season.
The Flyers were 4-1-1 against the Penguins last season...Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik played in his 533rd career game on Thursday, tying him with Ron Francis for 10th place on the club's all-time list...Fleury has allowed three or more goals eight times in his last 10 starts.
- PITTSBURGH: 2
Dec 8 9:41 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Evgeni Malkin (10), at 8:21.
Penguins 2, Flyers 3 3rd - 11:39Dec 8 9:16 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 1
End of 2nd
Dec 8 8:45 PM
- Pittsburgh Power-Play Goal - James Neal (15), at 14:10.
Penguins 1, Flyers 3 2nd - 5:50Dec 8 8:34 PM
- Philadelphia Goal - Scott Hartnell (13), at 13:32.
Penguins 0, Flyers 3 2nd - 6:28Dec 8 8:31 PM
- Philadelphia Power-Play Goal - Wayne Simmonds (6), at 8:42.
Penguins 0, Flyers 2 2nd - 11:18Dec 8 8:20 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 0
End of 1st
Dec 8 7:46 PM
- Philadelphia Goal - Danny Briere (8), at 6:38.
Penguins 0, Flyers 1 1st - 13:22Dec 8 7:18 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Dec 8 7:09 PM
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