Flyers win 3-1, hand Pens first regulation loss of March

All good things must come to an end.  Win streaks, point streaks - you name it.  But of all the teams to snap the Pens' 10-0-2 run, did it have to be the Flyers?  Let's take a look at this monstrosity of a game.

  • The Penguins had issues all day with penalties.  The first period's four minutes was relatively light compared to the six-penalty second.  Of course, four of those minutes carried over into the third after Sergei Gonchar took a double-minor when time expired in the second.  Amazingly they weren't penalized in the third.
  • Marty Biron was unbeatable.  Bounces weren't going in favor of the Pens early, but bounces were all Pitt could rely on to help them through this one.  Biron stopped 27 of 28 shots, proving to the Philly phaithful that he will likely man the pipes for the playoffs.
  • Pittsburgh's only goal came from Kris Letang on a power play in the third.  Sidney Crosby was shutdown for pretty much the entire game, but managed to dish a pass off to Tanger who connected for the one-timer that barely beat Biron blocker side.  One second longer and Biron has the shutout.
  • Two of Philly's three goals came on the power play (the third, an empty netter).  When combined with Pitt's inability to stay out of the box, it's amazing this game didn't produce a higher score.
  • Jordan Staal took a cheap shot on Mike Richards in the third with a hack across the knee after Richards took a run at him.  No penalty called, but those are the emotions he'll have to contain for the playoffs.
  • Plenty of close calls for the Pens, including a Crosby goal that jumped up in the air on a Biron save but failed to find the net.  Of course close counts for nothing...
  • The Pens' streak of picking up at least a point has officially ended at 12 games.

The Flyers picked up a big two points in this one, moving them into fourth place in the East with 88 points.  Pitt is still sitting comfortable in fifth with 86, but the Hurricanes (85) and Rangers (84) are both within striking distance. 

Next game is Wednesday night, 7:30 against the Flames.

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