Schenn Scores Twice In Flyers Win Over Penguins
Things are starting to look up in Flyers land.
Brayden Schenn scored twice and Ray Emery was a rock in net as the Flyers won their third straight, beating the Penguins, 2-1, Wednesday night. It's their first official winning streak of the season as they improve to 7-10-1.
Things looked shakey for the Flyers in the first period as they were out-shot 16-8. Pittsburgh came out firing in the opening minute of play and seemingly took a 1-0 lead.
A mad dash in front of Emery resulting from a defensive breakdown by Braydon Coburn resulted in a Chris Kunitz goal. The referees immediately turned to Toronto for help, which determined that Kunitz kicked the puck into the net, negating the opening tally.
The Penguins continued that early pressure but Emery kept the net sealed. It allowed the Flyers to capitalize on a late goal and take a 1-0 lead.
Wayne Simmonds worked incredibly hard on a forecheck, getting to the loose puck and sending it out front. His pass found an open Schenn, who ripped a shot over the shoulder of Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Flyers the lead.
The Penguins eventually got to Emery on the power play in the second period. Evgeni Malkin found an open Sidney Crosby, who deposited the puck into the net to even the game up.
That proved to be the only goal the Penguins would score as Emery made 30 saves for his third straight impressive outing. Emery has allowed just three goals in his last three starts, going 2-1 in the process.
At the end of the second period and on the powerplay, the Flyers took the 2-1 lead on Schenn's second goal. Steve Downie and Jakub Voracek assisted on the goal, which was Schenn's sixth of the season.
Special teams was strong for the Flyers. Despite giving up a power play goal, they held the Penguins to 1-for-4. When Sean Couturier took a penalty in the third, Zac Rinaldo was out on the ice in his place and did a fine job on the kill.
The Flyers power play went 1-for-2 on the night as well. Anytime they score a goal with the man-advantage it's a success for a unit that is at the bottom of the league in success-rate.
Coburn, who was put in the spotlight with that horrible play on his opening shift, played a very impressive game on the whole. He logged a team-high 28 minutes, 31 seconds and had a takeaway in the win.