The Pittsburgh Penguins were looking to clear a few items off their 2012 season bucket list. One of which was to beat Philadelphia at home in Pittsburgh for the first time in the new Arena, and they were able to get that done today by a score of 4-2. The second item was getting Evgeni Malkin his 50th goal of the season, and they were able to get that done also.
The third item they were looking for is getting Fleury’s 42 win for him but they were not able to get that done. He left midway through the second period with a 2-1 lead, but Johnson came in and gave up a goal to tie things up which ruined Marc Andre’s opportunity to reach that goal.
The Pens and Flyers were able to get out some frustration from the last meeting with an early game fight between Joe Vitale and Harry Zolnierczyk. Each player received a fighting 5 minute major and the game was on from there. The Penguins got the scoring off to a start at the 5:33 mark of 1st period with a Pascal Dupuis slap shot. The Flyers came back shortly before the end of the period to tie things up with a Brayden Schenn Wrist Shot.
The Second period started the same way the first did with a Pittsburgh Penguins goal to make it 2-1. Chris Kunitz was able to get that Tally for his 26th of the season. This is the point the Pens took out Fleury to rest him. Unfortunately the Flyers went on a power play and Jaromir Jagr continued his season long assault on his former team with a goal to tie things up. That was followed by a Sidney Crosby power play goal to make it 3-2. Less than 2 minutes later, Malkin was able to get his 50th goal of the season and finish the scoring for the remainder of the game.
The Pens and Flyers will start their playoff series this Wednesday, though no time was announced. The NHL will announce all of the series’s on Sunday as the season winds down tonight.