Kennedy's Snipe Ruins Stellar Game By Bryzgalov
For the second straight time the Flyers just couldn't hold a lead against the Penguins.
With 2:27 left in the over time period, Tyler Kennedy buried a wrister passed Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Penguins a 2-1 win. They rallied at the end of regulation to win their 12th straight game, stealing two points and a wash away an incredible effort by Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov and Marc-Andre Fleury both put on a clinic, keeping the game scoreless through the first half of the game.
With 7:21 left on the clock in the second period the Flyers finally got their first power play opportunity. And with 5:51 left, Claude Giroux found the net to score the game's first goal.
Giroux skated the puck into the zone with 35 seconds left on the man-advantage. After a pass attempt was blocked, Giroux got the puck back and fired a quick, harmless shot that beat a sprawling Fleury to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
It was the first time the two teams went scoreless in the first period in their last 15 match ups (October 7, 2010; Flyers won 3-2).
The one-goal lead wasn't enough against the NHL's top scoring team. Though Bryzgalov was in good position for most of the game, he was bound to let one in with the constant pressure he faced.
The Penguins finally beat the Russian netminder late in the third. With 7:08, Wayne Simmonds slashed Brooks Orpik to put them at the disadvantage. 23 seconds later, Kimmo Timonen's hook made it worse.
Sidney Crosby, the NHL leader in points, was able to get his team on the board. With 6:14 remaining and a two-man advantage, Crosby fired a low one-timer that beat Bryzgalov through the five hole to tie the game up, 1-1.
In over time, the teams traded scoring chances with Simmonds and Andrej Meszaros nearly punching the puck through Fleury on separate efforts.
The Penguins swung the puck the other way.
Kennedy's first shot on Bryzgalov was sent into the corner by the netminder, but Kennedy was first to the puck. After sending the puck to Matt Niskanen, who returned to Kennedy, he faked a slap shot and fired a wrister over the right shoulder of Bryzgalov, winning the over time thriller for the Penguins.
It spoiled an otherwise tremendous effort by Bryzgalov. He stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced, preserving the Flyers lead as best he could through the first 53 minutes of the game.