Flyers take Round 4 of the “Battle of Pennsylvania” with big 7-4 win at the Igloo

Posted: January 8, 2010 in Flyers

Pittsburgh, PA-

“They’re starting to come together Pepper.”

While Lou Brown was referring to his Cleveland Indians team in the movie “Major League”, this also applies to the Flyers this season (at least it seems so.)

The Flyers followed yesterday’s win with a big, no, HUGE 7-4 win over the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins.

It didn’t take too long for the Flyers to get on the board when Jeff Carter spun around and ripped a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to make it 1-0 Flyers. Just seconds later rookie James van Riemsdyk went slipped a backhand through the legs of Fleury. Just like that, the Flyers were up 2-0.

A few minutes later, Sidney Crosby beat Michael Leighton with a slap shot from about 12 feet away to bring the Penguins back into the game and make the score 2-1.  The Flyers answered right back when defenseman Matt Carle ripped a slap shot off of the post and into the net to once again give the Flyers a 2 goal lead.

Matt Cooke brought the Penguins back to within one when he capitalized on a sloppy turn over and ripped a shot past Michael Leighton. Chris Pronger then beat Fleury with a simple wrist shot through traffic to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead. Pronger’s goal chased Fleury out of the game after allowing 4 goals on 15 shots.

Rather than play not to lose, the Flyers kept the pedal to the metal when James van Riemsdyk once again went five hole with a backhand, this time beating Brent Johnson to make it 5-2 Flyers. Sidney Crosby relied on a little luck when he bounced a shot from behind the net off of Kimmo Timonen to make it a 5-3 game.

Simon Gagne seemed to capitalize on a bounce off of the board and stuff it past Johnson, but it was waved off after video replays were deemed  inconclusive, even though the replay clearly showed the puck over the line being pulled out by Brent Johnson.

Jeff Carter struck again, this time snapping a shot past Brent Johnson to give the Flyers a much-needed three goal cushion. Despite a goal by Mike Rupp, which made the score 6-4, the Penguins were unable to get anything by Michael Leighton. Mike Richards iced the game with an empty net goal in the last minutes of the 3rd period, giving the Flyers a much-needed 7-4 win over the Penguins.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday January 24 (3 et on NBC) when the Penguins pay a visit to the Wachovia Center.

  1. Alicia Dupree says:

    Keep these posts coming – loved the “play by play”

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