Flyers drop back end of home and home in shootout.

Posted: December 18, 2009 in Flyers

Philadelphia, PA-

Crosby scores and wins it for the Penguins.

Flyers fans are getting sick of hearing that, especially when it is against them.

But Sidney Crosby did just that on Thursday night to win the shootout for the visiting Penguins, in what could easily be described as the best the Flyers have played since Peter Laviolette became the head coach.

The Flyers got the scoring started just minutes in when Jeff Carter beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a backhand. Billy Guerin tied the game a little over two minutes later. That was all of the scoring in the first period, as both goaltenders stood tall.

The teams once again traded goals in the second period when Claude Giroux beat Fleury to make it 2-1. Sidney Crosby tied the game with a slap shot later on in the period to tie the game at 2. Despite both teams having multiple chances, both goaltenders once again stood their ground, shutting out both teams in the 3rd period.

After a scoreless overtime period, which was also filled with many scoring chances, the game went into a shootout. While the Flyers seemed unable to solve Fleury, who has been nearly unbeatable in shootouts this season, Kris Letang was able to beat Brian Boucher on a fake out, and Sidney Crosby, despite getting next to nothing on his shot somehow managed to get it past Boucher to give the Penguins the win.

Despite the loss, this game was considered by many as the best the Flyers have played under Peter Laviolette. Some might argue their recent game in Boston against the Bruins was better, this comes pretty close.

The teams will not meet again until January 7th in Pittsburgh. I sense a big turn around for the Flyers, starting at the Winter Classic. We will have to see what happens.


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