The Penguins came into Philadelphia riding a 12 game win streak with the best record in the NHL, they left in second place having been beaten 3-2. Scott Hartnell scored the game winner in the third period when he redirected Chris Pronger’s blast from the point on the power play. Evgeni Malkin scored twice for Pittsburgh, but it was his ill advised interference penalty that gave the Flyers the power play where the game winner was scored.
Claude Giroux scored his 15th and Nikolay Zherdev his 10th as the Flyers became the first team in the NHL to have five players with double digit goals.
The Flyers dictated the tempo for the majority of the game mostly due to the fact that Pens couldn’t stay out of the box. In all the Pens spent 14 minutes in the box, that said… the Flyers only converted one. Both Pittsburgh goals came on the power play.
The Flyers have now taken three of four from the Penguins this year and sit atop the Atlantic division, Eastern conference, and the NHL overall with 45 points. They also lead the NHL 21 wins, two more than the second place Pens.
Next up for the Flyers is a trip to Montreal tomorrow night, then they come home to face the Rangers on Saturday.