March 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Tyler Kennedy (48) and defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) and defenseman Simon Despres (right) celebrate after Kennedy scored the game winning goal in overtime against the Philadelphia Flyers at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pens K.O. Flyers


 

The Pittsburgh Penguins went into the Wells Fargo Center of Philadelphia and beat their Pennsylvania rival Flyers in a wild one Thursday night 5-4.

Pittsburgh now improves their overall record to 16-8-0 and sits second in the Eastern Conference with 32 points.

Like so many of their contests, one team, this time it being the Flyers, gained a big lead going up 4-1 into the second period.

But after Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was replaced with Tomas Vokoun, the Pens would then chase Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from his net and score five straight goals to top Philadelphia.

Vokoun saw 14 shots after he replaced Fleury and he turned away all of them. On the season, he now improves his overall record to 5-3-0 with a 3.32 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.

In fairness to Fleury, a couple of goals scored against him were a little fluky. For some reason the most bizarre goals occur when Fleury matches up with Philadelphia.

Could Sidney Crosby be any hotter right now?

His three helpers in the match makes that the eighth game of the year where he has recorded three points. Crosby now raises his NHL lead in points to 39 (11G, 28A) and has all but restored his league dominance.

Chris Kunitz continues to quietly put together an MVP type season, as he registered two goals and a helper Thursday night. Sitting tied for third in the NHL for points with 31 (14G, 17A), this is by far Kunitz’s best season of his career.

His second goal of the game turned out to be the game-winner, as he let a wrist shot rip past Brian Boucher just 18 seconds into the third period.

Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Tyler Kennedy all scored in the second period with Dupuis also logging an assist on Kunitz’s game-winner. Kris Letang, Beau Bennett, Matt Cooke and Brandon Sutter each recorded one assist as well.

For Letang that gives him 22 points (3G, 19A) on the year and he extends his league lead in that category for defenseman to four over Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

The Pens will try for their fourth win in a row Saturday when they take on the red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs in the Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m.

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