Happy Homecomings: Jagr and Talbot score in return to Pittsburgh. Flyers win 4-2

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 29: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores past Sergei Bobrovsky #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the game at Consol Energy Center on December 29, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)


The Penguins came out flying for the most hyped game of the season. Tyler Kennedy found the puck behind the net and made a great pass to Jordan Staal who buried it just seconds into the game.

All was well, right? Well, not quite. The Flyers would score four of the next five goals and put their stamp on the game to end Pittsburgh's winning streak and send them into their Winter Classic feeling confident.

  • Jaromir Jagr fought off the boos to score the go-ahead goal and generally looked dangerous. For his first game in Pittsburgh in almost four years, JJ was pretty composed and did his part.
  • A big part of the night was Sergei Bobrovsky. If he could play against every team in the league like he played against the Pens, he'd probably be an All-Star.
  • Great special teams often carry the day in the NHL. The Pens couldn't do enough to get on the board on the PP.
  • Re-energized, perhaps, by Jagr's comments about Pittsburgh wanting to sign him before JJ, Kennedy came out and was arguably the Pens' best forward. A goal, an assist and a team-high five shots on net.

In the end, it's two points, no more no less. But sometimes a game is more than that. The atmosphere at Consol was amazing all night (despite the Pens falling behind) and Talbot and Jagr definitely left their mark on the game. For one night at least, it wasn't a happy homecoming for anyone but those two.

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