Flyers Rally Past Penguins, 4-3 (OT), After Trailing 3-1 In Third Period at 2019 NHL Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field

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The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 4-3 (OT) in the 2019 NHL Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, on Saturday night. The game had a sellout crowd of 69,620, the fifth-largest crowd in NHL history.

This was the fifth outdoor game for the Penguins. They beat the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 2-1 in a shootout in the 2008 NHL Winter Classic at New Era Field, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills; fell to the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-1 in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers; fell to the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 5-1 in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears; and beat the Flyers by a score of 4-2 in the 2017 NHL Stadium Series at Heinz Field for a record of 2-2-0 in outdoor games.

This was the fourth outdoor game for the Flyers. They fell to the Boston Bruins by a score of 2-1 in overtime at the 2010 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park, home of the MLB’s Boston Red Sox, and fell to the New York Rangers by a score of 3-2 at Citizens Bank Park, home of the MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies, before falling 4-2 to the Penguins two years ago for a record of 0-3-1 in outdoor games.

The Penguins entered tonight’s game one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card spot in the East with a game in hand and two behind the Columbus Jackets for the third spot​ in the Metropolitan Division with each team playing 61 games.

The Flyers entered tonight’s game off of two consecutive regulation losses and nine points behind the Hurricanes for the final wild-card spot with a game in hand.

Starting Goaltenders

Goaltender Brian Elliott (6-7-0, .916 save percentage, 2.51 goals-against average, one shutout this season) started for the Flyers.

Goaltender Matt Murray (18-10-1, .913 save percentage, 2.94 goals-against average, three shutouts) started for the Penguins.

First Period

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby backhanded a shot past Elliott on a breakaway after a turnover by the Flyers in the defensive zone to open the scoring 7:59 in and make it 1-0 Penguins.

Center Sean Couturier one-timed forward Oskar Lindblom’s pass from the left wall in the slot to tie the game for his 25th goal of the season at 12:06 elapsed time.

The Penguins led 18-8 in shots after one.

Second Period

After defenseman Justin Schultz missed the net at first, Crosby got it right back to him and Schultz made no mistake that time, hammering it from the right circle 10:01 into the period to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead.

The Penguins led 30-17 in shots after 40 minutes, including 12-9 in the middle frame.

Third Period

Center Evgeni Malkin blasted a shot from long-range that Elliott couldn’t hold to in his glove and the puck bounced up and trickled behind him as the Pens’ doubled their lead 6:29 into the period.

Forward James Van Riemsdyk​ tappen in the puck into a wide open net on a rebound off of Voracek’s shot to make it a one-goal game with 3:04 to go.

Voracek tied the game with 19.7 seconds left throwing the puck on Murray from a sharp angle. The puck went through his five-hole and in.

The Penguins led 40-35 in shots, though the Flyers led 18-10 in shots during the final frame.

Overtime

Forward Claude Giroux would win it for the Flyers 1:59 into OT sniping it through the wickets of Murray.

 

Pittsburgh led 3-2 in shots during overtime.

Scenes From Philly

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By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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