Post-game: Flyers dominate Penguins

After a tough loss against Columbus, the Flyers were hoping to come out strong against the Penguins in their Sunday night match-up.

The game started out a bit slow, but it did not take long for things to heat up. 

The Penguins were on the board first with a power-play goal from Matt Cullen. After this goal, the game was elevated and became a lot more physical. 

Providing a spark for the team, Brandon Manning dropped the gloves with Cameron Gaunce. Manning was the clear winner of the fight.

During the rest of the period, both teams had their chances by creating quality shots. After Mason let in the 1st goal, he refocused and became the backbone the Flyers needed in order to be successful for the rest of the game. 

Shortly before the 1st period came to a close, Jordan Weal was able to use his speed down the wing and create space for a clear shot at Murray. Weal picked his shot and placed it perfectly under the glove of Matt Murray.

It was a great way to close out the period and build momentum for the rest of the game. 

More than a half-way through the second period, teams were still generating chances and going back and forth. 

Manning was able to get a shot on net which created a rebound for Jordan Weal who put another shot on net, but could not get it past Murray. Eventually, Filppula was able to locate the puck and put it past the sprawling Pittsburgh goaltender. 

The third period is where the Flyers kept their foot on the gas and started dominating the Penguins in almost every aspect of the game. The Flyers scored 4 in the period.

For their 3rd goal, Konecny was able to catch and secure a deflected pass, settle it down, and find Dale Weise in front of the net for a beautiful assist. 

The goal-scoring continued when Voracek was able to bury a rebound and put it past Murray to put the Flyers ahead, 4-1.

After the 4th goal for the Flyers, the Penguins eventually answered back and were finally able to put a behind past Steve Mason. 

The Flyers were not done scoring all of their goals just yet. 

Late in the game, Pittsburgh had no choice but to pull their goalie and see if they can generate a goal with the extra-attacker, but Gudas had other plans by icing and scoring a empty net goal.

Even after the empty net goal, the Flyers were still not done scoring! Schenn was able to make a move along the boards and find a wide open Gostisbehere at the point, and he delivered a snipe that was able to get over the glove of Matt Murray. 

With this game being the 2nd half of a back-to-back situation, it was very important the Flyers come out strong and play with some momentum, especially after a tough loss yesterday against the Blue Jackets.

This performance leaves us wondering where this offense has been all season long. The gameplan seems to have changed a bit over the span of the last few games by generating more chances from the center of ice, rather than depending on point shots for most of the game. 

The Flyers and their wingers manged to create space in the offensive zone which helped open-up lanes directly to the net. 

Steve Mason had a great game stopping 25 of 27 shots. 

The Flyers generated 33 shots and most of them were quality chances from within the high-slot and directly in front of the net. 

Dale Weise has been impressive in his recent stretch of games with 5 points in 6 games played. 

Weal has taken full advantage of playing with Filppula and has generated many chances from along the boards and also in front of the net. Weal has helped set a spark for this team to build off of during games and has been a vital part of their season since being called-up. 

Despite only being on the ice for around 8 minutes, Konecny managed to provide the team with an assist. 

Overall, this was a great game for the Flyers, and although it be may be too late to make the playoffs, the Flyers are technically still in the race and are only 6 points out of a playoff spot. With only a few games remaining, they must play every game like it is their last.

 

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Anthony DiGrazio

I am currently a student at West Chester University studying Marketing/Management. I have been playing ice hockey for almost 20 years now. I am nothing short of a Flyers fanatic and I am hoping to spread my knowledge and love of the game to all Flyers fans.

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