It was a battle. Just another one between two NHL teams from Pennsylvania. And the Philadelphia Flyers came away with the victory.
In a game between the two fierce rivals, the Flyers outlasted the Penguins by a final score of 3-2 in overtime, courtesy not one but two four-on-three powers play in the extra period. Claude Giroux scored the winner on a scramble in front of the Pittsburgh net, as he snapped home a loose puck that had gotten caught up in the equipment of sprawling goalie Thomas Greiss.
The Flyers were unsuccessful in their first man advantage of the overtime. But they were given another opportunity when the Penguins took a bench minor for too many men on the ice, giving Philadelphia’s sixth-ranked power play another opportunity.
Giroux’s goal capped off a wild, almost out-of-control game. There were four fights in the second period, as the animosity continued to build. The two teams combined for 93 penalty minutes.
Flyers’ forward Zac Rinaldo was tossed in the first period for a major penalty for boarding on Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who left the game and did not return due to injury.