The Philadelphia Flyers must not like playing afternoon hockey games this season. The Flyers on Saturday were defeated by their cross-state rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-4 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Flyers again had the problem they have had all season long and that is with their goalies.
The Philadelphia Flyers started Ilya Bryzgalov in goal but he was later replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky. They both did not play well for the Flyers. The team now officially has a major goaltending problem and they need to fix it and fix it quickly or Flyers fans could be looking at another season of the Stanley Cup dream being over. Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky each gave up three goals a piece and the Flyers have dropped another matinee game this season. The Flyers and the Penguins are now tied with 71 points in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference Standings.
The Pittsburgh Penguins broke a 3-3 tie by scoring two goals within the first three minutes of the third period. The Penguins' Dustin Jeffrey scored 37 seconds into the third period to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead. The Penguins quickly got another goal by Pascal Dupuis which gave them a two goal lead. The Penguins scored the two goals in 2 minutes, 9 seconds into the final period. The Penguins than made it 6-3 when James Neal scored with 10:58 left in the game. It was Neal's 30th goal of the season. The Flyers Wayne Simmonds scored his 21st goal of the season with 19 seconds left in the game.
The Penguins scored first in the game on their very first shot of the game. Matt Cooke scored 3:17 into the game and gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. The Flyers Jaromir Jagr scored two goals in just 18 seconds and gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead. In the second period the Penguins Jordan Staal knocked the Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn into the boards hard. Staal after the game was fined by the NHL for the hard hit and he was fined $2500 by the NHL, which is the maximum allowed by the league.
In the second period the Penguins took a 3-2 lead on two shorthanded goals that were 1 minute, 43 seconds apart. Staal tied the game at 2-2 when he put a shot past Flyers goalie Bryzgalov. The Penguins again scored shorthanded as the Flyers were on a two man advantage when Cooke put a shot past Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov was replaced by Bobrovsky with 3:03 left in the second period. The Flyers got a goal from rookie Eric Wellwood which was his first career NHL goal and it tied the game at 3-3.
Bobrovsky played no better and the Penguins left Philadelphia with a very important win. The Flyers right now have a major goaltending problem. Head coach Peter Laviolette has no answers. It looks like general manager Paul Holmgren is going to have to make some kind of trade or trades to try to find some answers. If not this team will not advance far in the playoffs. The Flyers head out on a four game Western Conference road trip starting this Tuesday in Winnipeg