Feb. 26, 2017
Pittsburgh Tames Philadelphia in Outdoor Battle
The battle of Pennsylvania was an outdoor and backyard hockey fest, but the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins don't like each other. It was also a windy and wintry mix kind of night at Heinz Field for the final outdoor game of the 2016-2017 season. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 4 to 2.
In the first period, Sidney Crosby scored on a beautiful pass from Jake Guentzel. In the second period, Nick Bonino scored on the power play, and Guentzel picked up another assist. Guentzel turned over the puck later in the period, which led to a goal by Flyers Jakub Voracek.
In the third period, Matt Cullen scored to make it 3 to 1 Pittsburgh. Later in the period, Shayne Gostisbehere scored a laser on the power play, to cut the lead in half. Wayne Simmonds did a good job of screening Matt Murray on the goal.
Pittsburgh scored its last goal of the game off a face-off won by Evgeni Malkin and Chad Ruhwedel fired the puck on net and went in. Matt Murray made 36 saves for the Penguins. Michal Neuvrith made 25 saves for the Flyers.
Justin Schultz returned for the Pittsburgh Penguins from a concussion. He played very well on defense and did a good job setting up the power play. Ron Hainsey played in his first game as a Penguin. He also did well on defense. Kris Letang didn't play because of a upper-body injury. These two teams will play each other two more times this season.