By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers come back from the New Years break with their heads held high after beating the leagues top team in Tampa Bay. Sanheim and Leier are still sitting as the Flyers want size to face off against their cross-state rivals.
First period: A back-and-fourth period left both teams with not a lot to show. Provorov, Filppula, and Giroux all hit the post. Letang took a late high sticking call on Andrew MacDonald but the Flyers didn’t have much of a chance to capitalize as they only had seven seconds left in the period.
Second period: The Pens killed off the rest of the 1:53 remaining on the penalty kill. Konecny goes to the box for tripping Sprong, and seconds later Kessel score on the Pens powerplay. Jordan Weal redirected a Gudas point shot for a goal 54 seconds later, tying it up. 40 seconds later, Reaves retook the lead for Pittsburgh. Sheary increases the lead for the Penguins another 40 seconds later. That’s four goals in 2:54. Kuhnhackl piles on another goal before the end of the period, leaving the second period with a three-goal lead.
Third period: Manning fought Oleksiak early, losing to the much taller man. Oleksiak scored midway through the period ending the game 5-1.
Takeaways: Another game, another multitude of turnover leading to goals. Overall, this was a decent effort by the Flyers, but all of the goals against were via ugly plays.
PIT: Kessel- (Malkin, Crosby)
PIT: Reaves (Kuhnhackl, Sheahan)
PIT: Sheary (Cole)
PIT: Kuhnhackl (Sheahan, Reaves)
PIT: Oleksiak (Kessel, Malkin)
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