Philly-Busters: Flyers Snap Penguins Winning Streak at 12
An incredible Tuesday night for the Philadelphia Flyers in the Wells Fargo Center saw them not only defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins and return to the top of the National Hockey League standings, but also snap their opponents’ 12-game winning streak.
As you would fully expect from a top-of-the-table clash against a team who has been in such imperious form in recent weeks, the Flyers were made to work hard for victory and were indebted to a power-play goal from Chris Hartnell to settle matters.
The left-winger’s tip-in ten minutes into the third period broke the 2-2 tie and proved enough to end the Penguins phenomenal winning streak as they paid the ultimate price for giving away one penalty too many in an otherwise evenly-contested game.
Evgeni Malkin could have been the hero for the visitors as his strikes in the second and third period cancelled out goals from Claude Giroux in the first and Nikolay Zherdev in the second as the Penguins simply refused to give up without a fight.
Unfortunately, it was Malkin who handed the Flyers the initiative after he went into the box for the interference minor that ultimately lead to Hartnell’s goal and the home side managed to kill off a Penguins penalty in the dying minutes to hold on to the win.
“It would have been nice if we would have buried one to make it 4-2, but instead we take the penalty for drama points and to make it a nail biter for the fans," said Flyers goalie Brian Boucher. “It was a great kill there at the end. The guys did a great job”.