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Pens Trounce Flyers 5-1 Behind Johnson's 29 Saves

Flyers Blog: Broad Street Hockey

Mark Letestu notched one, Sidney Crosby scored two and Brent Johnson stopped 29 of 30 shots faced as the Pens pieced together a three-goal third to beat the Flyers 5-1.

The Flyers may have struck first in the early stages of the game on a Danny Briere power-play goal, but the Pens gradually answered back over the remainder of the game to the tune of five-straight unanswered to silence the fans at Wells Fargo Center in Philly. 

Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski each chipped in on offense, picking up two assists and one assist respectively, while also making some pretty solid plays on defense to snuff out a few Philly odd-man rushes.  Following the game against the Islanders where Letang was sent to the dressing room early for an alleged head shot, he sure didn't hold back on his physical play at all against the Flyers.

On another note, when will Philly fans realize that chanting "Crosby sucks" never works to their advantage?  Sid put together his best game up to this point in the season with two goals (both on the power play) and an assist for a three-point night behind the hearty cheers of the Philly faithful.  Bravo.

Kudos to Mark Letestu as well, who scored his third goal in five games.  I'm likely not alone in this assessment, but I'm starting to see flashes of Ryan Malone in Test Tube's style of play.  He could very well be the answer to a lot of issues regarding the Pens' lack of a presence in front of the net for the past season or two.

How about that power play?  It looked pretty flat at the beginning of the game but before all was said and done the Pens converted on two of eight chances.  Gotta love it.

Johnson may not have starter written all over him but you can't deny that he's doing his part to at least make Dan Bylsma's goaltending decisions a bit harder with each scheduled game.  Outside of letting out an early Briere power-play goal (one in which no one was defending him at all), BJ stopped a number of odd-man rushes and stepped up as the best penalty killer for the Pens on four of Philly's five attempts with the man advantage.

Comment of the night from Cari:

Look at Godard making a pass like a real hockey player.. it’s so cute