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Final: Flyers 2, Penguins 1, OT

Who: Penguins (39-24-9) vs. Flyers (34-29-8). When: 7:38 p.m. Where: PPG Paints Arena. TV: NBC Sports

MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Looking ahead to faceoff …

• Who: Penguins (39-24-9) vs. Flyers (34-29-8)
• When: 7:38 p.m.
• Where: PPG Paints Arena
• Goaltenders: Matt Murray (24-12-3, 2.86) vs. Carter Hart (13-9-1, 2.85)
• TV: NBC Sports (national)
Streaming: NHL.tv
• Radio105.9 The X
• Satellite: SiriusXM 219
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• Tickets: Available
• Boxscore: NHL GameCenter
• Media notes: Penguins | Flyers

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Evgeni Malkin's status is 'week to week,' per Mike Sullivan just now. In his lingo, that generally means what it sounds like. As if this whole experience wasn't miserable enough for the Penguins.
Sullivan on Malkin's absence: "He's obviously a tough guy to replace. He's an elite player, so that speaks for itself. As far as what we'll do moving forward, we'll probably take it game by game."
Rough room in there. Meaning Pittsburgh’s. Philly’s was the polar opposite, as one night expect. Plenty of column material from both, though. Wow.
Sullivan says Malkin is week to week with upper body injury.
• GOAL • Couturier wins it in OT, converting a 2-on-1 that he keeps and fires past Murray with 3.4 left.
We're off to overtime in Pittsburgh thanks to this late goal from James van Riemsdyk.
• END REGULATION • Score is tied 1-1. Shots are 35-32 for Penguins, who lead 56-44 CF% (all). In third it was 61-39 Flyers.
Two forwards way late getting back: Rust and McCann. Unconscionable given the situation. An odd-man break there is ... wow.
The too many men the Flyers got away with when pulling Hart felt like it would haunt the Penguins. It did.
• GOAL • JVR ties it with redirection from the slot with 18.8 left, beat Murray high to the glove side.
Still can't believe that miss by Couturier. How'd that happen?
Hart pulled with 1:38 left. ENG specialist McCann is on the ice.
No idea how Couturier missed that.
Flyers get some power play time after the Penguins take a too many men of their own, their seventh this season.
Needless to say Sully went with two d-men to start power play. Kessel comes off after turning it over again.
Nice try by Sullivan there to sneak on PP1 while officials had extended discussion at scorer's bench. Linesmen chased Sid and Phil right back off.
Another chance to put the game away as the Flyers ... take their second too many men on the ice penalty. Wondering what the single game record is.
Mentioned this in the first period, but the Flyers' line changes have been a disaster. Second too-many-men in the same game is one awful reflection on Scott Gordon and staff.
At the TV break just now, referee Pierre Lambert skates over to the Penguins' bench to exchange a few words with Phi Kessell. Undoubtedly letting him know he might have gotten away with one on that power play.
 
Been a while since I shot a Teddy celly. Another epic scream from the kid.

Just a wonderful, compact, controlled save by Murray on Couturier's point-blank redirect. A shorty there's an absolute killer.
Dumoulin appears to be OK at bench after taking Varone slew foot.
Phil's pass reminded me of some of my drives in golf. Playing the fade.
Rust is back on now.
And here comes the 'SIX-TEEN THOU-SAND!' chant from the upper deck. SinceFlyersLastCup
Blueger goal came with Blandisi playing in place of Rust, who is not on bench.
And now Penguins with chance to take control on power play because Gudas takes his dumb penalty of the game, a crosscheck on Hornqvist.
Someone please, please, please be that first person on the interwebs who declares the Penguins a better team without Malkin. 😉
• GOAL • Blueger puts in rebound of Kessel shot. It's 1-0 at 2:07 of the third.
Pettersson may have made Penguins' best save with that block.
• THIRD PERIOD • The puck has dropped.
The third line has been together on the ice for:

14 attempts for, 3 against.
2 high-danger attempts for, none against.
9 shots on goal for, 2 against.

Attempted shots are just as lopsided, at 44-25 Penguins.

Penguins close out second with shifts of 72/27/7 bookending 17/87/81. Not sure if that’s hinting at a third period shakeup, or just wanting a certain look for final couple minutes there.

• END SECOND PERIOD • Scoreless through 40. Shots are 26-13 in favor of Penguins as is CF% (all), 65-35. Blueger is 4-0 at the dot.
Penguins are outshooting the Flyers 26-13. Still scoreless, though.

Flyers basically need to win out to have shot at playoffs. They've got 12 shots through 38 1/2 minutes.
Appears Sullivan has mixed up D pairs with Johnson now with Trotman and Dumoulin with Schultz.
Murray’s last save stunned him pretty good. Took his time getting up and stayed hunched over for a bit. Examined the old helmet with an official’s help during that icing. Seems good.

Matt Murray is still awake with his team leading 22-10 in shots. Nice glove stop on Laughton from the slot.
Don't want to alarm anyone but the third line of Simon/Bjugstad/Hornqvist is having a great game so far. Eye test and fancy stats. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

That wasn't a power play but it looks like it from the Crosby line. Flyers were bailed out only by a clear that took funky bounce off a stanchion.
Third line dominating with each shift now. It's OK to say that, right? 😉
Pretty sure the double review here still didn't last as long as the review in the Nailers' game yesterday. Unlike the officials in the Nailers game, they got the right call here.

Oh, man, from one sizzling rookie goaltender to another the next day: Carter Hall stunts Nick Bjugstad's breakaway, then a point-blank redirect by Patric Hornqvist. Really impressive.
Carter Hart with his best save of the game, stopping Hornqvist from the slot. Game starting to open up after slow start.
Another strong “16,000 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻” from the home crowd.
All that's missing is the even-up call for blowing it with Bjugstad. Wait for it.
Best scoring action in NHL history between whistles.
• NO GOAL/GOAL/NO GOAL • OK. Well, that was surprising. Now Sullivan will challenge that the play was offsides. Which it appears it was. ... Finally, not goal. Got it? Good.
 
So much drama. This one isn’t going to count after all. Crowd going nuts as they show the play is offsides on the big screen.
Yep. No interference. That's the right call. But guess what? Video shows the Flyers were offside, so Sullivan challenges, and he'll win his, too.
This is the hole the refs dig themselves. They now by now they've completely blown it on the Bjugstad call, so their first inclination is to call no goal. I actually think it'll be overturned. Not seeing interference by Voracek. That's Jack's stick moving Murray.
• NO GOAL • With Bjugstad off for holding, Giroux's wrister slides under Murray but the goalie had his stick knocked by Voracek coming across the crease. ... Flyers will challenge.
Bjugstad gets a two-minute minor for getting sticked in the mouth.
Plenty to like about Pettersson's game. Shot accuracy is not one of them.
• SECOND PERIOD • Game back on.
 
 
 
I feel like Phil is always catching me catching him chirping. And today, he gets to chirp with an extra pigeon on his head.

• END FIRST PERIOD • No score. Penguins lead 8-6 in shots, 54-46 in CF% (all) and FO%, 58-42.
When I think of agitators, Raffl -- the guy who earned Malkin a one-game suspension -- isn't it. But there he got a shot in on Crosby on the ice and Kessel later slashed him.
Some of the worst neutral zone movement I’ve ever seen by Blandisi right now. How does one even choose to do that?
That shift from Simon was unreal and I’m becoming increasingly concerned no one notices.
Crosby apparently doesn't care much for Nolan Patrick. The Flyer had some words for Crosby at the bench.
The replay of Schultz being offsides while apparently not being offsides draws some boos from the crowd.
Rough power play for Phil. Two touches, two giveaways. I'll also stubbornly maintain that no opponent's PK plays the Penguins smarter than the Flyers. No time/space conceded.
With no Malkin, Guentzel moves up to PP1.
Flyers caught with too many. Actually the third poor change they've had, just the first time busted.
First power play upcoming for Penguins as Flyers called for too many men. Konecny to serve.
Every time Joe Blandisi touches the puck, I'm reminded he's still here. And at no other time. Really hasn't had that 'sandpaper' impact in his limited time, has he?
Nice opening shift for Blueger line. Lots of skating room, though. The Flyers aren't exactly looking airtight here in the early going.
Some decent O-zone time for new-look second line with Blueger at center.
Faceoff, 7:41 p.m.: Sidney Crosby vs. Sean Couturier
• FIRST PERIOD • Game on in Pittsburgh.
Lineup tonight vs. Flyers:
McCann-Crosby-Guentzel
Rust-Blueger-Kessel
Simon-Bjugstad-Hornqvist
Blandisi-Cullen-Wilson
Dumoulin-Trotman
Johnson-Schultz
Pettersson-Gudbranson
Murray
 
 
This guy looks good in green, though.
 
Appears that Bortuzzo hit left somewhat of an impression on Evgeni Malkin. Have to assume him missing tonight would be related to the incident.
Check that, that's Blueger taking rushes at center. Not Malkin.
As expected, Rust is taking rushes with second line w/Malkin, Kessel.
Of Phil Kessel's 764 consecutive games (8th longest in NHL history), 319 of them have come with the Penguins. He will tie Craig Adams for the longest in team history tonight.
From PPG Paints Arena, Rust appears to be back. But where will he play? Also, Letang is out and Murray is back in goal Read more
Flyers lines (sans Giroux) and pairs:
Lindblom-Couturier-Voracek
JVR-Patrick-Konecny
Raffl-Laughton-Hartman
Varone-Knight-Bailey
Provorov-Sanheim
Gostisbehere-Myers
Hagg-Gudas
Carter Hart in goal for Flyers tonight. Took the L on Feb. 11 vs. Penguins at WFC, allowing three goals on 27 shots. That was the game that Murray set career-high with 50 saves.
Giroux is ill but will be game-time decision.
Giroux is taking the option for Flyers. All others on the ice.
I had a nightmare last night that Keith Urban was playing slow jams again tonight during the first intermission. Thankfully, that experience doesn’t come with the Stadium Series jerseys they’ll be wearing.

THE SETUP

For the final time this season and the first since the Feb. 23 Stadium Series game at Lincoln Financial Field, the Penguins and Flyers will renew hostilities. Same uniforms as last time. Same rivalry, too, though it appears Philadelphia will be missing the playoff cut.

I’ve got your coverage today, along with DK, Taylor Haase and Matt Sunday. The Penguins will not hold a morning skate. Mike Sullivan will speak with reporters at 5:30 p.m. After an off-day Saturday, the Flyers will be holding a full morning skate at 11:30 a.m.

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guest187
guest187

Penguins are a one line team dating back last season playoff with Guentzel and Crosby..

When Guentzel or Crosby don’t score or register a point for goals .. pens will lose..
Clutch Goaltending, better from coaching staff and big players points is key..

guest187
guest187

Penguins are a one line team a lot times dating back last season playoff with Guentzel and Crosby..

When Guentzel or Crosby don’t score or register a point for goals .. pens will lose..

Several times last season and this season it has been very poor coaching decisions

Clutch Goaltending at crucial moments, better from coaching staff and better defensive schemes,special teams, more from key players.

Right now..
Dumoulin-Schultz
Pettersson-Gudbranson
Johnson-Trotman

Needs to be paring with Johnson -Trotman playing limited ice time . then

Dumoulin-Letang
Määttä-Schultz
Pettersson-Gubranson

Pens did play well for 59 minutes..

JPSciortino
JPSciortino

I think the concern comes into the effort the makes against some lower teams. They flat out played solid against Boston and the Caps. The Sabres are done and looked it. St Louis was more desperate and the Flyers got 1 more save then the Pens. Lot of teams in the hunt on the upcoming schedule.

nightsky73144
nightsky73144

Being at the game, the one encouraging thing was the play of the third line. I know everyone likes to beat up on Simon, and I don’t want to see him in the top 6 either; but, he and Bjugstad and Hornqvist were solid all night long. I know they didn’t get any goals, obviously. But they had some of the best chances and had the most consistent offensive pressure.

Jessica Lynn
Jessica Lynn

So lets say Geno has broken ribs from the Bortuzzo check….Where was the response from Gudbranson? Isn’t that what the Pens got him for? To prevent or at least stand up when a hit like this happens? Just asking for a friend.

nightsky73144
nightsky73144

Agreed. Where was the response from ANY of the Pens? Only guys I see who regularly stand up for their teammates are the ones who shouldn’t have to do that…i.e. Letang and Malkin…even Sid.

rrflyerhater
rrflyerhater

It will be the second time this year he gets hurt from being run over….

That’s what any playoff team will do game 1 of the playoffs if they even make it

Either or Rutherford or Sullivan has to go…they are not on the same page

Alice
Alice

When in doubt, this fan-base is big into termination, it’s the Pittsburgh way.

rrflyerhater
rrflyerhater

As are 30 other nhl cities…

And a few nfl ones I can think of that SHOULD BE

Vic Arpeggio
Vic Arpeggio

Time to fall down the rabbit hole, Alice. You’ve trolled quite enough.

Willy Peppers
Willy Peppers

Yep and Mario should sell the team after this disgraceful weekend. Move the team to Chicoutimi and call them the Cucumbers. C’mon get a grip.

Carmen
Carmen

East ROW + OT loss totals:
Tampa 53
Boston 50
Pens and Toronto 48
Caps, Isles and Canes 45
CBJ 43
Montreal 42

Pens 10 OTL most among any playoff team and tied for 4th most in league.

nightsky73144
nightsky73144

Yeah, the Pens ROW numbers are not good compared to others in the playoff race.

rrflyerhater
rrflyerhater

It’s the difference of the division and 2 guaranteed home rounds or none…

No biggie

Suwanee88
Suwanee88

First of all that was an amazing game. I am sick about it but amazing.

What in the hell is wrong with Phil the thrill? He was awful. I never thought I would be happy when Simon has the puck vs. Phil having the puck.

They have a long shot to win, but if Phil is in this state – they are done.

rrflyerhater
rrflyerhater

I don’t find losing games against a franchise that will miss the playoffs 3 of 5 years…”amazing”

That’s just me

Suwanee88
Suwanee88

Dude if you can’t take off your yinzer glasses and appreciate that game then you are not a fan of hockey