Another historic chapter in the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry would be written, especially since they were both separated by two points in the standings entering the day. Bryan Rust’s redirected goal from Sideny Crosby lifted the Penguins to a 5-4 win in overtime and the Penguins swept the season series from the Flyers for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. In all four wins against the Philadelphia Flyers this season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have scored five goals in each of those contests.
Travis Sanheim scored for the Flyers 5:38 into the game. Derick Brassard tied the game at one later in the first, when he received a nice floater pass from Conor Sheary and it resulted in a fast break. Brandon Manning scored later in the first-period for the Flyers.
Patric Hornqvist (power-play goal) scored :37 seconds into the second-period and Evgeni Malkin (delayed penalty goal) scored 2:37 into the second-period for the Pittsburgh Penguins. This made Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol pull goalie Alex Lyon ( eight saves on 11 shots faced) for Petr Mrazek (19 saves on 21 shots faced). Jordan Weal scored a power-play goal with 2:50 left in the second-period for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Seventeen seconds into the third period, Sidney Crosby muscled off of Sean Coutrier and Crosby scored. With the extra-attacker on the ice for the Flyers late in the third, Sean Couturier tied the game with :43 seconds remaining off a rebound that was shot by Shanye Gostibehere.
Matt Murray made 41 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins and this was his third start since his concussion. The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 92 points and they are three points back of the Washington Capitals for first in the division.
The Philadelphia Flyers are tied for third in the Metropolitan Division with 89 points with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but Columbus owns the tiebreaker because they currently have 42 wins and Philadelphia currently has 38.
It isn’t out of the picture the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins could meet either in the first round or the second round of the playoffs. They haven’t met in the postseason since the 2011-2012 season, when the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.