March 18, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) and right wing Pascal Dupuis (9) celebrate a coal by Malkin during the 2nd period of a game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Pens Lose Late Against Their Cross State Rivals


The Pittsburgh Penguins were in control through the first 2 periods today when the wheels fell off and in crushing fashion.       The Flyers were able to come back and steal a victory today as they were able to beat the Pens 3-2 in overtime.

The Pittsburgh Penguins cruised through the first 2 periods of their game against the Flyers.    The First goal came on a Craig Adams  tip in at the 13:21 mark of the 1st period.        That would be all the scoring in the first period as the Pens out shot the Flyers 17-8.       The Second period was much of the same with the Penguins out shooting the Flyers again 10-2 and getting a goal late in the period in the last minute by Evgeni Malkin to make the game 2-0 into the intermission.

As the third period started, the Flyers had a power play to start the period and they were able to get a slap shot past Fleury in the first minutes of the period to draw the game to a 1 goal deficit.     The Flyers were able to keep the pressure on and the momentum as they were able to get the equalizer by Scott Hartnell only 4 minutes later.       Later in the second period, and through the 3rd period, the  Penguins started to look a bit gassed and played like it.     The Pens were able to hold on to the tie through the end of the period though the Flyers certainly out played them during the 3rd period.

The game went into overtime where both teams had opportunities, but it was the Flyers that was  able to capitalize on the Penguins tiring out during the late game and overtime period.    The way the Flyers were able to finish the game may have a serious effect moving forward.    The Pens gave up the goal, the second of the game to Scott Hartnell with only 1 second left in overtime to give the Flyers the full 2 points and draw to within 1 point of the Penguins in the standings.

The effect moving forward could be in momentum.    The Penguins were flying high during that 11 game and 2 period stretch when things just fell apart.      And for the Flyers to get that late goal could in fact  propel them passed the Penguins in the standings.    Remember, during this great stretch for the Pens, they went 11-1 and are only 1 point in front Flyers though only 2 points behind the Rangers.

The Penguins will have tomorrow off and then play on Tuesday against the Winnipeg at home where they will need to get back on the horse and try to get passed this loss.

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