Bryan Rust redirected a move from Sidney Crosby 2:25 into extra time and the Pittsburgh Penguins completed off a season sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers with a 5-Four victory on Sunday.
The Flyers tied it on Sean Couturier’s aim with 43 seconds left in regulation however the Penguins managed the additional interval. Rust ended it when he bought his stick down in time to get a bit of Crosby’s move from the highest of the left circle and knock it by Petr Mrazek to provide the Penguins their first sweep of Philadelphia because the 2006-07 season.
Crosby’s spectacular aim 17 seconds into the third interval gave Pittsburgh a Four-Three benefit. Crosby held off Couturier excessive within the zone, skated to the left dot and ripped a wrist shot over Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Mrazek’s glove. Couturier exacted a little bit of revenge when he knotted it late to guarantee the Flyers of at the very least some extent.
Nonetheless, the Penguins pulled inside three factors of first-place Washington within the Metropolitan Division and moved two factors away from Philadelphia, which pulled right into a third-place tie with Columbus.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 42nd aim for Pittsburgh, pulling inside two of the NHL lead held by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin. Patric Hornqvist and Derick Brassard additionally scored for Pittsburgh. Justin Schultz had three assists for the Penguins. Matt Murray completed with 41 saves as Pittsburgh improved to 16-1-1 in its previous 18 house video games.
Rookie Travis Sanheim picked up his second profession aim for the Flyers. Brandon Manning and Jordan Weal additionally scored. Beginning goaltender Alex Lyon was pulled early within the second interval after giving up three objectives on 11 pictures. Mrazek made 19 saves however could not get a glove on Rust’s winner.
The erratic Flyers fell to Four-6-Three in March after going 10-1-2 in February and have struggled protecting their cross-state rivals in verify this season. Pittsburgh scored 5 objectives in all 4 season conferences, outscoring Philadelphia 20-12.
Contemplating how crowded the division standings are with two weeks to go within the common season, a first-round playoff assembly is not out of the query.
If it occurs, it may match the wide-open postseason conflict by which the golf equipment scored 56 objectives in six video games as Philadelphia pulled off an upset in 2012.
Pittsburgh’s play within the defensive finish is not fairly the new mess it was six years in the past however the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions have struggled with consistency of late and had critical points – notably backchecking by the forwards – in protecting the puck out of their finish at instances.
The groups took turns dominating in the course of the first two durations. The Penguins wanted all of 22:37 to chase Lyon, whose sizzling stretch got here to a crashing half when Hornqvist and Malkin scored 2 minutes aside early within the second interval to place Pittsburgh up Three-2.
The Flyers tied it at Three when Weal pounded house a rebound on the ability play with 2:50 left within the second.
It set the stage for Crosby once more. 5 days faraway from his exceptional double-tap aim towards Montreal, Crosby’s 26th of the season gave Pittsburgh a lead that gave the impression to maintain up till Couturier stood on the doorstep and jammed house a rebound.
NOTES: The Flyers went 1 for Three on the ability play. Pittsburgh went 1 for two. … The Penguins scratched D Matt Hunwick and Fs Carter Rowney and Zach Aston-Reese. … D Robert Hagg and Fs Taylor Leier and Dale Weise had been wholesome scratches for Philadelphia.