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Jagr, Flyers erase early deficit to beat Penguins

The boos were loud throughout the first period.

Though Pittsburgh fans treat every Flyer with a nice chorus of boos, none received a worse ovation than Jaromir Jagr did in Thursday night's 4-2 win against the Penguins.

And if he didn't have many friends to begin with in the Steel City, he made sure to leave with fewer. It was Jagr's second period goal - and a salute to cap it off - that gave the Flyers their lead.

With the score knotted at one-apiece, Jagr found the back of the net for the 12th time this season, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead with under 14 minutes left in the second. 

But the star of the night for the Flyers was in net. Sergei Bobrovsky improved to 4-0 in his career in Pittsburgh, making one huge save after another.

Jordan Staal was able to beat Bobrovsky 44 seconds into the game to give the Penguins a quick 1-0 lead. But Bobrovsky rebounded nicely, stopping 24 shots and improving his season record to 14-7-2.

Kimmo Timonen found the back of the net for the first time this season on a power play goal, tying the game up midway through the first. Despite having 22 assists on the year, it was Timonen's first goal since April 18 of last season.

After Jagr's tally in the second, it was the rookie Matt Read who gave the Flyers their third and most important goal of the game. Sean Couturier found his teammate Read, who made a nice back-handed shot on net to make it a 3-1 lead.

Read climbed into second place among rookie skaters with 12 goals. He trails Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers who has 13.

The two-goal second period gave Bobrovsky the cushion he needed to hold down the fort for the Flyers.

Pittsburgh fired chance after chance on Bobrovsky before Tyler Kennedy finally found the net and was able to pull his team within one with 6:29 left in the game. 

But Max Talbot ended any game-tying chance with his empty-net goal in the final minute of play, punctuating the Flyers 4-2 win against his former team.

Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek and Couturier all had two-assist nights for the Flyers.

It was a great game for the Flyers, who played some of their best 60 minutes of hockey heading into their national out-door stage on Monday against the Rangers.


Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

The flyers dominated that game. Their forcheck was insanely good. Probably their best game of the season. Considering Fleury allowed three goals, I thought he played well. The Pens couldn't establish much of anything all game and the powerplay was awful.
As a Pens fan though, I have ask, what the hell is going on with Danny B? I haven't seen a good game from him in awhile.