Flyers beats Penguins after marvelous return from 3-0 deficit in OT. Philadelphia Flyers shows us how Pittsburgh Penguins three goals lead means nothing after they managed to make great comeback and wins through overtime. Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3!!!!!
Flyers overcome 3-0 deficit, beat Penguins in OT
Once upon a time, there was the story of the goalie and two bears that had a fairytale ending for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Jakub Voracek scored at 2:23 of overtime to give the Flyers a come-from-behind 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That presumably disappointed the two Pittsburgh fans sitting in the first row who came dressed as giant bears to mock a joking comment that Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made earlier in the week.
Asked what he feared about the Penguins, Bryzgalov had told reporters: “I’m not afraid of anything, (except) the bear in the forest.”
As the Penguins were building 3-0 lead on goals by Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis, some Pittsburgh fans, at one point, started chanting, “We love bears. We love bears.”
“I saw a few bears in the stands, but they didn’t come out the woods or the forest, so we were OK,” said Flyers forward Danny Briere, who had a pair of goals in Philadelphia’s comeback.
Bryzgalov made 25 saves to end his personal five-game postseason losing streak that dated to 2010. As Bryzgalov was doing his postgame news conference, teammate Jaromir Jagr walked by and blurted out “Bears.”
Owning a 3-0 lead, the Penguins had a power play early in the second period that could have buried the Flyers. But they managed to kill it off. Flyers players said that was a turning point.
“They had some dangerous players out there, and I thought our goaltender really made some brilliant saves, not only on the power play, but five-on-five,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said.
The Flyers had tied the game 3-3 at 2:23 of the third period when rookie Brayden Schenn tipped in Scott Hartnell’s shot from the point. Jagr started the play by moving the puck to Hartnell. He said he wasn’t surprised that it was young Schenn who had the tying goal.
“In my first year, (my coach) Badger Bob Johnson said after 50 games you are no longer a rookie anymore,” Jagr said. “That’s what it takes to get comfortable.”
During the regular season, the Flyers came from at least two goals behind 10 times to earn at least one point.
“It has happened all year for us,” Briere said. “We never quit.”
Briere was returning to the lineup after missing three games following a hit by Pittsburgh forward Joe Vitale on April 1.
“It was a good start for Danny and his line,” Laviolette said. “He’s done this so many times in the playoffs I don’t think it should surprise anyone that he had a big night.”
On Briere’s first goal, replays showed he was offside when he received the pass from Schenn that put him on the breakaway.
“That’s not why we lost the game,” said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma.
Since signing a $51 million contract last summer, Bryzgalov has been more of a colorful figure than a consistent netminder. Among his famous quotations was saying during a slump that he was “lost in the woods.”
During the Winter Classic, he announced he was going to be the backup goalie by saying he was going to bring his Thermos of hot tea with him to sit on the bench.
“Pittsburgh is a great team with great players,” Bryzgalov said. “When they put you down three goals in their building, it’s not easy.”
Since the Consol Energy Center opened, the Flyers are 6-1 there.
Playing his first playoff game in two years, Sidney Crosby scored Pittsburgh’s first goal at 3:43 of the first on an impressive backhand shot as he was falling to the ice. The puck flew over Bryzgalov’s glove.
Crosby missed last year’s playoffs, and most of this season with a concussion and a neck injury.
At 7:49, Tyler Kennedy converted Jordan Staal’s perfect feed through skates to make it 2-0.
With 37 seconds left in the period, Pascal Dupuis scored by batting a puck that had been deflected up by Bryzgalov’s stick. Steve Sullivan had backhanded the puck in front of the net, where it had struck Bryzgalov’s stick.
Then Briere began the Flyers’ comeback. (Kevin Allen – USA TODAY)