Crosby, Malkin lead Penguins’ comeback
The Flyers were mostly encouraged with their effort.
“It’s a tough loss but I would say one of our better games this year,” Voracek said.
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said: “We don’t have to change anything. We have to tighten up a couple of things. Tonight it wasn’t enough. Sometimes that’s the way the game is. There’s no solace in it, but also there’s no discouragement either.”
Matt Murray, who led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup last season, was available as Fleury’s backup. Murray, recovering from a broken hand, hasn’t played this season.
Malkin put the Penguins ahead for good at 8:33 of the third with his milestone goal. Olli Maatta threw the puck toward the net. It bounced off the leg of Philadelphia’s Brandon Manning and to the back post, where a wide-open Malkin shot past Neuvirth.
“Lucky goal,” Malkin said. “The puck just came to my stick and I had an empty net.”
Malkin’s game-winner was his 300th career goal.
Crosby, who missed the first six games due to a concussion, has four goals and five points in three games since returning.
“The fact that he’s come back and done what he’s done in the short term doesn’t surprise me one bit,” Sullivan said. “He’s a tremendous competitor. I know what this means to him. He’s a focused guy. He’s really enjoyed a lot of success over the last year and I think he’s hungry for more.”
Trailing 2-0, the Penguins scored three goals during an electrifying 55 seconds late in the first period.
Crosby beat Mason short side from a bad angle with a top shelf wrist shot with 4:16 left in the period.
“Just pick your head up and see what’s there,” Crosby said of the goal.
Forty-three seconds later, Crosby netted a power-play goal after one-timing a pass from Patric Hornqvist in the slot that whizzed by Mason. And Cullen ended the onslaught with a wraparound tally with 3:21 remaining.
“We were able to get some momentum,” Crosby said. “Getting that powerplay goal was big to build off that first goal.”
The only other time Philadelphia allowed three goals in 55 seconds or less was Nov. 23, 1991, when the Devils tallied three in 42 seconds in the second period of a 5-5 tie.
Pittsburgh capitalized on a turnover by Sean Couturier to take a 4-2 lead on Malkin’s goal midway through the second period.
The Flyers got back within one goal on Giroux’s power-play tally with 6:44 remaining in the period. Radko Gudas made a stellar play to keep the puck in the offensive zone before Wayne Simmonds fed Giroux for a one-timer from the slot that beat Fleury on the glove side.
The play was upheld after a lengthy review to determine whether Philadelphia was offside on the play.
And the Flyers tied it 2:12 later on Voracek’s penalty shot, which was awarded after the Flyers’ right wing was pulled down by Brian Dumoulin on a breakaway attempt.