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Special Teams Paces Flyers to 5-2 Win

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:13 AM

Joe Siville - philadelphiaflyers.com

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Special Teams Paces Flyers to 5-2 Win
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Philadelphia Flyers 5
Timonen, Briere power Flyers past Pens

Stevens postgame press conference: FlyersTV
Biron, Timonen and Richards postgame: FlyersTV
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(Philadelphia, PA) – It was home-sweet-home as the Flyers tallied four power-play goals on their way to a 5-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins in front of a sellout crowd at the Wachovia Center on Saturday night.

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen recorded a goal, his first as a Flyer, and three assists while Danny Briere added a goal and two helpers to lead the team to its fifth straight win on home ice, improving their mark to 5-0-0.
Mike Knuble and Danny Briere celebrate Knuble's first period power play goal in a 5-2 win over the Penguins. (Getty Images)

The Flyers came charging out of the gate in first period, which has been their Achilles heel early in the season, however tonight was a different story as Timonen kicked off the scoring with a power-play goal 1:31 seconds into the frame.

“I don’t think I changed anything from the previous games,” said Timonen. “The last five, six games I probably hit the post four times, so it could easily be four goals right there. Sometimes it’s hard, it’s not your day and today it just went in. You just have to work hard, and you’re going to get some lucky breaks.”

On the very next man advantage, Mike Knuble battled in front and knocked in his fifth goal of the year to give the squad a 2-0 lead by the end of the opening period, which the Flyers out shot the Pens 10 to 7.

Joffrey Lupul, who also added an assist on the night, began the second frame with his sixth goal of the year, giving the Flyers their third power-play goal of the night.

The Penguins, however, rallied back to score the next two goals, which included a power-play goal from Sergei Gonchar with less than one second remaining in the period to cut the Pens deficit to one goal entering the third period.

Starting every game at home thus far, Martin Biron stopped 29 of 31 shots from Pittsburgh, including all nine chances in the third period, to give him a .971 save percentage and even 1.00 goals-against average at home.

Briere and Scott Hartnell (empty net) added insurance goals, while Mike Richards continued his strong play by recording three assists on the night.

Perhaps even more impressive than the Flyers power play was their penalty-killing unit, stopping five of the seven chances from the Penguins, including a four minute power play midway through the first period in which they had a two-man advantage for a short period of time.

“Our penalty killing has really been coming. There has been a sense of urgency, guys blocking shots, there is more synergy with the pressure on the puck,” commented Head Coach John Stevens. “Certainly on the power play you just love to see guys willing to shoot the puck, take advantages. I thought those guys did a tremendous job of one, getting net presence and two, getting pucks to the net.”
 
“I think overall in the season we’ve done a pretty good job,” added Timonen. “Power plays, penalty killing, that’s a big part of the game and hopefully we’ll continue to do the same things.”

Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and an assist and Sidney Crosby added an assist on Malkin’s goal to extend his scoring streak to 16 games.

With the win, the Flyers improve their mark to 4-2 against division opponents this year and, after losing eight consecutive games to the Penguins, the Flyers have now won the first two meetings in a span of four days to remain in first place in the Atlantic with a 10-6-0 record and 20 points.

The team will look to continue its home dominance when they face off against the New York Islanders on Monday night at the Wachovia Center (7:00 p.m. Comcast SportsNet and 610 WIP).

FLYERS NOTES
The last time the Flyers have scored four power-play goals in a single game was October 28, 2005 in an 8-6 loss at Carolina… Richards’ three assists marked his fourth multiple-point game on the season and sixth game in his last seven that he has registered a point... Knuble leads the Flyers on the power-play and has scored four of his five goals on the man advantage… Since joining the Flyers, Timonen has logged over 21 minutes of time-on-ice per game... Hartnell’s empty-net goal was his first as a Flyer.

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scoring summary
1st Period
01:31
PHI
PPG - Kimmo Timonen (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (12), Joffrey Lupul (9)
1 - 0 PHI
07:51
PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (13), Kimmo Timonen (7)
2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
05:40
PHI
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (6) Tip-in - ASST: Mike Richards (8), Kimmo Timonen (8)
3 - 0 PHI
08:39
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (6) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Whitney (4), Sidney Crosby (16)
3 - 1 PHI
19:59
PIT
PPG - Sergei Gonchar (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (17), Ryan Whitney (5)
3 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
07:54
PHI
PPG - Daniel Briere (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Richards (9), Kimmo Timonen (9)
4 - 2 PHI
19:01
PHI
EN - Scott Hartnell (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Richards (10)
5 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:31
PIT
Petr Sykora  Too many men/ice - bench
06:47
PIT
Gary Roberts  Roughing against  Randy Jones
08:50
PHI
Jason Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Malone
08:50
PIT
Ryan Malone  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Smith
08:50
PHI
Daniel Briere  Hi stick - double minor against  Ryan Malone
12:23
PHI
Randy Jones  Hi-sticking against  Sidney Crosby
16:07
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Denis Tolpeko
2nd Period
02:17
PIT
Darryl Sydor  Fighting (maj) against  Stefan Ruzicka
02:17
PHI
Stefan Ruzicka  Fighting (maj) against  Darryl Sydor
02:17
PHI
Stefan Ruzicka  Game misconduct
05:34
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Denis Tolpeko
10:17
PIT
Darryl Sydor  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:03
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
19:22
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
01:55
PHI
Daniel Briere  Elbowing against  Rob Scuderi
02:44
PIT
Ryan Malone  Hooking against  Mike Richards
07:06
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Mike Richards
10:09
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Hooking against  Georges Laraque
19:01
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ryan Malone
19:01
PIT
Ryan Malone  Misconduct (10 min) against  Braydon Coburn
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 29TOI: 59:36
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 7
SV%: .862SH: 1 - 1
Martin Biron
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .935SH: 2 - 2
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