Penguins 4, Flyers 1
Some news and nuggets, notes and quotes from the Penguins’ 4-1 victory over Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night:
*** The Penguins have scored at least three goals in every game this season, while the Flyers are the only NHL team that has failed to score three at least once.
*** The Penguins are 6-1 and 10 points ahead of the Flyers, who are 1-7. “I like winning games,” Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis said. “And I like our situation better than theirs, for sure.”
*** Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 of 25 shots to raise his record to 6-0. “He’s been our best player almost every single game,” left winger Chris Kunitz said. “He’s made key saves at big moments, and that’s what we look to him to do.”
*** The Flyers neutralized Sidney Crosby for much of the evening, but he scored a late goal and picked up an even later assist to push his league-leading points total to 14 and his scoring streak to seven games.
*** The Penguins blocked 23 shots.
*** Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland acquitted himself quite nicely playing right wing on the fourth line. He had a couple of legitimate scoring chances and recorded two hits in seven minutes, 23 seconds of playing time. Dustin Jeffrey was scratched to open a spot in the lineup for Engelland.
*** Jussi Jokinen. Kunitz, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins, while Wayne Simmonds got the Philadelphia goal.
*** An apparent timekeeping error led to the Penguins’ third power play of the game being shorter than it should have. Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn was penalized for tripping Sidney Crosby at 19:01 of the first, which means he should have been set free at 1:01 of the second if the Penguins didn’t score. Instead, Coburn was back on the ice about 40 seconds after the first intermission ended. Bylsma said the problem was that, unbeknownst to the Penguins, the scoreboard clock ran during a first-intermission promotion.
*** The Penguins are 11-2-1 in their past 14 games in Philadelphia, a city where their team once endured a 0-39-3 streak. “Every time we come, it’s always a pretty tense game, pretty tough,” Fleury said. “I think it brings out the best in us.”
*** Left winger Tanner Glass had another strong, blue-collar game, accounting for 10 of the Penguins’ 35 hits.
*** The Flyers are off until next Thursday, and some in their organization expect there to be personnel changes before that game.
*** Crosby now has 14 goals and 21 assists in 22 games in Philadelphia, while Malkin has 13 goals and 17 assists 21 games there.