Fly-by: Flyers 4, Penguins 2
Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 6:45 PM ET / News
Thursday, December 29, 2011
4 - 2
4 - 2
K. Timonen (PPG, 09:56 - 1st) , J. Jagr (06:03 - 2nd) , M. Read (16:11 - 2nd) , M. Talbot (EN, 19:35 - 3rd)
J. Staal (00:44 - 1st) , T. Kennedy (13:31 - 3rd)
PHI: S. Bobrovsky (W)
PIT: M. Fleury (L)
TWICE AS NICE
One came out to a loud, louder, and then after he scored, loudest barrage of boos from the Pittsburgh crowd.
The other was given a nice salute, fine tribute on the arena video board followed by a celebratory standing O.
We’re of course talking about Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot, two long-time Penguins, albeit in very different eras.
But tonight, no matter what the reception was, they walked away with a victory together in Orange & Black.
"For the both of them to contribute like that I thought was… it was nice to see and I'm sure they're happy as well… I know their teammates are happy as well,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette post-game.
At first, the night didn’t look like it was going to go Jagr’s way. He had two good scoring chances in the first 10 minutes of the opening period.
However six minutes into the second frame he saluted the crowd, and not in a good way as he notched his 12th goal of the year and put the Flyers ahead 2-1.
Then perhaps at the most crucial part of the game Talbot made his mark. A key contributor to the team’s penalty kill late in the third period and while the Pens pulled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Talbot iced the game for the Flyers giving him his 10th goal of the year.
The victory couldn’t have come at a better time as the Flyers snapped a two-game losing streak and a skid in which they had lost four-of-five, but of even more importance is the confidence it leads to in their next game, which is to say the least will be on the grandest of stages.
|The Flyers moved to 18-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Sergei Bobrovsky moved to 4-1-0-1 in six career games against Pittsburgh.
With his 10th goal of the season, Max Talbot became the seventh Flyer this season to reach double-digits in the goal column.
Claude Giroux posted two assists to move his league-leading point total to 46 (17G, 29A), three ahead of Evgeni Malkin. He also pulled into a tie for second place in the league in assists, four behind Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin at the moment (Vancouver plays later tonight).
Kimmo Timonen picked up his first goal since April 9, the last game of last season.
Sean Couturier posted two assists in his return to the lineup. It was his first multi-assist game.
Bob stopped 24 of 26 shots to help break the Flyers out of a two-game losing skid.
After shaking off an early goal, Bob made a great save on the Pens initial power play on Tyler Kennedy and shortly after made an even beter save on Evgeni Malkin at the hashmarks with 7:37 left in the first period.
Even though he allowed a goal with under 10 minutes to go in the third period, Bob stood his ground and got his third straight win.
|"I don't know how you can not cheer for a guy like that with the career that he's had and he's won two Stanley Cups here so I think it gave him extra motivation obviously… he wanted to get that goal and what a goal it was."
- Scott Hartnell
"I think not only for him but for the whole team to get that goal because he got it pretty tough from the fans but I think he kind of liked it a little bit."
- Claude Giroux
"Pittsburgh's got a good team and you have to be ready to match that; you come into their building when they've been on a little bit of a roll; I give our guys a ton of credit."
- Peter Laviolette
|Tonight's turning point came on a crucial penalty kill with just under five minutes to go in regulation.
Nursing a one-goal lead after the Penguins closed the gap earlier in the period, the Flyers PK unit came through when they needed them the most.
The Flyers not only killed off the penalty, but also weathered a storm in which the Pens had a 6-on-4 advantage after they pulled their goalie.
In the end, ex-Pens forward Max Talbot iced the game with an empty-netter to make the final 25 seconds a non-factor.
|PIC OF THE NIGHT: Jaromir Jagr hops over the boards with Penguins' Matt Cooke watching.
Flyers 4, Penguins 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot both scored in their return to Pittsburgh, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Penguins on Thursday night.
Kimmo Timonen and Matt Read also scored for the Flyers, and Claude Giroux added two assists as Philadelphia ended the Penguins' four-game winning streak.