Pens Lose To Flyers At Home…Again

April 1, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Steve Sullivan (26) controls the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Matt Read (24) during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Penguins got out to a 2 goal lead early over the Philly Flyers, but just like the last game, and the last few for the Flyers, they were able to come back and win late.      The Flyers won today by a score of 6-4.

The Flyers bombed the Pens again the third period, as Fleury struggled again today and the frustration bubbled over to an all out brawl on the ice and on the benches as the coaches were even jawing back and forth over the glass.     It was like a scene from the Movie Slapshot.

The Pens got on the board first early with 2 quick goals to open up a 2 goal lead. The first was by Steve Sullivan just after the 1 minute mark of the period.      The Second goal came from James Neal just 3 minutes later by a score of 2-0.     Just like the last game the 2 teams played, the Pens looked like the better team on the ice at that point.      The Flyers took a time out to slow things down and gather themselves.      Bobrovsky was also able to sure things up also withstand the barrage of shots the Pens were able to put on him.     His counterpart was not able to do the same.

The Flyers scored the next 2 goals to tie things up over the next period and a half.    First by Giroux then by former Pen Maxime Talbot in the second period to tie things up.       The Flyers then went on to score 3 more goals in a row in the 3rd period to put the game out of reach.     Wayne Simmons scored a PPG in the beginning of the 3rd period to give them their first lead of the day.    That was followed up with a goal from Voracek about 4 minutes later then a wrist shot by Bourdon about 6 minutes after that to make it 5-2.     The Penguins would get a second goal from Steve Sullivan to draw within 2 again at 5-3.        The Flyers scored an empty netter with less than 2 minutes left.      That was followed by Chris Kunitz with about 30 seconds left to finish the scoring at 6-4.

It was after the empty netter when both teams started beating the tarr out of each other.     It was in response to Sidney Crosby getting hit and knocked out of the game.      He did return, and that is when Aaron Asham tried to get some revenge and the the brawl began.     I was trying to keep track and even looking at the box score does not tell the entire story.     The NHL will probably weigh in, in a couple of days.    The Pens will need to rebound quickly as they only have a 1 point lead in the standings and they play Boston in Boston on Tuesday, followed by the Rangers Thursday, and the Flyers again at home on Saturday.

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Topics: James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Steve Sullivan

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