Brayden Schenn scored twice, Vincent Lecavalier combined his initial idea in scarcely 3 months, and a Philadelphia Flyers had small difficulty with a injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Carlo Colaiacovo chipped in a singular idea for a Flyers, who finished a nine-game, road-losing streak. Steve Mason stopped 24 shots for Philadelphia as a Flyers won their seventh true diversion in Pittsburgh.
Sidney Crosby scored his 300th career idea for a Penguins and increased his NHL-leading indicate sum to 80, though Pittsburgh mustered small offense on a night a group played though harmed stars Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.
Marc-Andre Fleury finished 27 saves for a Penguins, who remained tied with a New York Islanders for second place in a Metropolitan Division.
Barring a collapse, a Penguins will conduct to a playoffs for a ninth true year. The Flyers are streamer home when a unchanging deteriorate ends in a integrate of weeks.
Those resources took a small bit of a hiss out of one of a NHL’s some-more exhilarated rivalries. Whatever remained was emptied by Philadelphia’s plain play, a monument on a highway over a final 6 weeks.
Crosby became a fifth Penguins actor to strech 300 goals when he flipped in a miscarry off Patric Hornqvist’s shot 3:29 into a game. It was his 31st career idea opposite a Flyers — some-more than any other group — and gave a Penguins an early boost on a night they were forced to lay Malkin.
The 2012 Hart Trophy leader is traffic with an undisclosed injury, a latest reversal in his drum coaster season. Malkin missed 6 games final month with a lower-body damage though returned to play in a span of wins over a weekend. He skipped Tuesday’s movement with what a coaching staff referred to as a “maintenance day” and was a no-show for a discretionary movement on Wednesday.
Malkin’s deficiency left Pittsburgh with only 19 skaters. The Penguins are already down to 5 defensemen while Letang recovers from a concussion. Philadelphia eventually wore Pittsburgh down, something that has happened with rule for a Penguins opposite their cross-state rivals regardless of a circumstances.
Lecavalier finished an extended Philadelphia swell by pulsation a miscarry by a sprawled Fleury with 2:46 left in a initial to tie it. The idea was Lecavalier’s initial given Jan. 3.
The Flyers’ movement continued to build as Pittsburgh struggled to spend any arrange of peculiarity time in a Philadelphia zone. Frequent strolls to a chastisement box didn’t assistance either.
Schenn put a Flyers in front 12:43 into a second when he cruised down a container and tranquil a bouncing puck before knocking it into a net. Pittsburgh lacked a firepower — or a legs — to keep up. The Penguins unsuccessful to emanate postulated vigour around Mason, and when Schenn deflected in his 16th idea of a deteriorate during a finish of Philadelphia’s fifth energy play only 49 seconds into a third, Pittsburgh was done.
Even Colaiacovo got in on a act, violence Fleury with a wrist shot 5:34 into a third for his initial idea in some-more than a year and only his 32nd in his well-traveled 429-game career.
NOTES: The Flyers are 11-1-1 during Consol Energy Center. … Pittsburgh is 9-14-4 opposite a Metropolitan Division. … The diversion was behind for several mins in a second duration when a potion behind a Philadelphia net became dislodged after Kunitz checked Nick Schultz into a boards. … The Penguins start a three-game highway outing in Columbus on Saturday. … The Flyers play during Carolina on Saturday. … Mario Lemieux (690), Jaromir Jagr (439), Jean Provonost (316) and Rick Kehoe (312) are a other Penguins with during slightest 300 goals.