Kunitz Fuels Penguins Comeback vs Flyers: Recap and Analysis

The Flyers came into this 5-4 loss 1-1 against the Penguins on the season. The last game the two played was a 6-5 win where Jake Voracek notched a hat trick. It was a typical Flyers/Penguins game. Rough game with big hits and high scoring. Scott Hartnell and James Neal were two of the biggest rough players in the game. Going at it for all three periods after an attempted cheapshot on Giroux by Neal in the first period.

Simmonds battles for the puck in the second period.

The Flyers came out strong in the first period, and continued for the entire period outshooting the Penguins 18-4. All four lines were working the puck well and working Marc Andre Fleury hard. 11:18 into the first period the Flyers got the scoring started with a goal by Jake Voracek got the scoring started with a goal. Shortly after, Chris Kunitz scored to tie the game at one. Three minutes later though, the Flyers answered right back with a goal from Zac Rinaldo to take a 2-1 lead. That wasn’t the end of the scoring for the Flyers, a few minutes after the Flyers took the lead, Kimmo Timonen scored a goal to make it 3-1. With eight seconds left in the first, Jake Voracek added his second goal and made it a 4-1 hockey game.

The Flyers started the second period slow as the Penguins worked the puck well and kept it in their zone. 5:30 into the second period, Pascal Dupuis put a puck past Ilya Bryzgalov to make it a 4-2 hockey game. The Penguins continued to work the puck, and just a few minutes after their last, James Neal put a puck past Bryzgalov off of a deflection to make it 4-3.With 11:01 to go in the period L. Schenn took penalty. Despite great puck work by the Penguins, Bryzgalov and the Flyers stood strong and killed the penalty. The Flyers troubles getting the puck out of their zone and just like that Tyler Kennedy scored to tie the game at 4. Peter Laviolette sent Bryzgalov to the bench after allowing 4 goals on 16 shots and brought Brian Boucher into the game. The Flyers were outshot 14-3 in the second after a dominating first period.

The Flyers troubles remained to start the third. Chris Kunitz scored just 18 seconds in to make it a 5-4 hockey game in favor of the Penguins. 7:50 into the first Scott Hartnell deflected a Timonen shot into the net, but it was waived off for the use of a high stick to deflect the puck. With 9:47 to go in the 3rd, Grossmann drew a penalty ending Pascal Dupuis to the box. They were 2/3 on the powerplay for the night so far. The Flyers managed good puck work, but could not capitalize on the chance. The Flyers went back and forth after with the Penguins after the powerplay, both getting good chances. The FLyers pulled Boucher and got good opportunities, but were unable to create a goal and lost 5-4.

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Categories: Beat Writing, Flyers

Author:Daniel Blanchard

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