Crosby, Malkin lead Penguins’ come­back

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Aaron Bracy

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.

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