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Recap: Pens give up too many breakaways, lose to Flyers

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It was not a good hockey night in Pittsburgh

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It all started so good for the Pittsburgh Penguins. First shift, 39 seconds in Jake Guentzel fed Sidney Crosby on an odd man rush and the Pens were on the board.

But it wouldn’t last. Five minutes later Travis Konecny got a breakaway and beat Casey DeSmith.

In the second period Riley Sheahan made a power move off the wall to the middle and lifted a nice shot over Anthony Stolarz. But that was the last the Pens would score.

A minute later some smart cross-ice passes beat the Pens for Claude Giroux to one time a puck in to tie the game.

The Pens would have to kill a couple of tripping penalties to Kris Letang but they held strong.

In the third period Pittsburgh had their chance. And a goal was scored. But it wasn’t by them. The Flyers earned a short handed chance on a break and scored what ended as the deciding goal.

“Because we don’t have a conscience defensively when we’re on the ice for the Power play,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “It’s inexcusable. We’ve talked about it and talked about it and talked about it.”

Talking only goes so far, and it wasn’t enough tonight.