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Flyers secure third in Metropolitan with OT win

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 6:39 PM
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Flyers secure third in Metropolitan with OT win
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Three Stars of the Game
Jakub Voracek
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 16:35
Claude Giroux
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:51
James Neal
James Neal
G: 1Shots: 9
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 22:49

PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Flyers secured third place in the Metropolitan Division with a 4-3 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Mark Streit's goal with 2:50 remaining gave the Flyers their fourth consecutive win against the Penguins. Streit carried the puck around defenseman Kris Letang before shooting it through Marc-Andre Fleury's five-hole.

Letang tied the game 3-3 with 37 seconds remaining in the third period. He backhanded a shot past Ray Emery from the crease for his first goal since having a stroke in late January. Letang's goal came less than a minute after Claude Giroux gave Philadelphia the lead by wristing a pass from Jakub Voracek past Fleury.

The Flyers will play the New York Rangers, the second place team in the Metropolitan, in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Penguins forward James Neal tied the game 2-2 with 5:07 remaining. Sidney Crosby lost control of the puck but whipped around to backhand a pass to Neal, who sent a wrist shot past Emery, who replaced Steve Mason to start the third period.

Mason sustained an upper-body injury in a collision with Pittsburgh forward Jayson Megna with 3:33 left in the second period. Mason, who made 21 saves on 22 shots, remained in net for the rest of the period but did not return to start the third.

The Flyers needed more than 14 minutes to record a second-period shot but took full advantage by scoring on their first for a 2-1 lead.

Giroux slapped a shot from the boards into the crease, where Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell were screening Fleury. Voracek redirected the puck through Fleury's five-hole for his second goal of the game with 5:22 left.

Pittsburgh had 12 shots and two power plays (one 5-on-3) before Philadelphia's goal.

Mason's most impressive save came 2:23 into the period when stopped a few point-blank chances by Neal before the puck slipped out to Beau Bennett to the left of the net with Mason out of position. Mason stretched his right leg to place his skate on the post while reaching back with his glove to stop the puck along the goal line.

The Penguins scored first on Jussi Jokinen's 20th goal of the season.

Neal forced Wayne Simmonds' to turn over the puck in Pittsburgh's zone before carrying it along the left boards through the neutral zone and slipping a pass to Jokinen between the faceoff circles. Jokinen wristed a shot over Mason's rising glove 2:00 into the game.

Jokinen has the second-highest goal total of his career, behind the 30 he scored in 2009-10 for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Philadelphia capitalized on its first power-play opportunity about two minutes later.

Giroux dove in front of the blue line to keep the puck in the Penguins zone and passed it to Voracek. Voracek skated through Penguins forward Craig Adams and diving defenseman Paul Martin to scored his 22nd goal of the season to tie the game with 2:51 remaining in the period.

Philadelphia ends the regular season Sunday at home against the Carolina Panthers. Pittsburgh hosts the Ottawa Senators.

scoring summary
1st Period
Jussi Jokinen (20) ASST: James Neal (33), Brian Gibbons (11)
1 - 0 PIT
PPG - Jakub Voracek (22) ASST: Claude Giroux (56), Mark Streit (32)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Jakub Voracek (23) ASST: Scott Hartnell (31), Claude Giroux (57)
2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
James Neal (27) ASST: Sidney Crosby (68), Kris Letang (10)
2 - 2 Tie
Claude Giroux (28) ASST: Jakub Voracek (38), Scott Hartnell (32)
3 - 2 PHI
Kris Letang (11) ASST: James Neal (34), Matt Niskanen (36)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
Mark Streit (10) ASST: Andrew MacDonald (24)
4 - 3 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
James Neal  Slashing against  Matt Read
2nd Period
Mark Streit  Interference against  Jussi Jokinen
Steve Mason  Delaying the game
Adam Hall  Hooking against  Jussi Jokinen
Jayson Megna  Interference on goalkeeper against  Steve Mason
Michael Raffl  Hooking against  James Neal
3rd Period
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Kris Letang
Kris Letang  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
Tanner Glass  Roughing against  Jakub Voracek
Jakub Voracek  Roughing against  Tanner Glass
OT Period
goalie stats
Ray Emery
Ray Emery
SA: 14TOI: 22:10
Saves: 12EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Steve Mason
SA: 22TOI: 40:00
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 21TOI: 61:42
Saves: 17EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .810SH: 0 - 0
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