Jagr and Talbot both scored tonight as the Flyers took control in the second period and really never let go as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2. Bobrovsky had a great game tonight as he was able to be where he needed to be in order to keep his team ahead throughout the game and extend his record against the Pens to 4-0.
The Penguins once again out shot the apposing team , only tonight they were not playing one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers are very good and the Pens were just not able to take them out of their game. Especially in that 2nd period. The goal that Jagr scored in the second really took the air out of the building and the Pens were not able to get back any momentum again till later in the 3rd period. By that point it was too little to late.
Fleury was left out to dry on a couple of occasions, but from time to time, he has to be able to carry this team and stand up strong in the net especially against the Flyers and Rangers. The Pens have struggled mightily against these 2 teams and with them both in front of the Pens in the Standings, that pattern needs to change in a hurry. The Penguins special teams tonight were not special at all, not only did they not score on the Power play but also giving up power play goals is not a winning formula against teams as talented as the Flyers.
Jordan Staal scored first in the first minute of the game. The Flyers scored the next 3 goals through the end of the second period. First from Timonen, then Jagr and Read both in the second period. Tyler Kennedy slapped one past Bobrovsky and gave the Pens some life late in the 3rd, and as mentioned woke up the atmosphere of the building. Max Talbot put in an empty netter with 25 seconds left to put it out of reach.
The Penguins next game is a matinee on New Years Eve at New Jersey.