Not even a four-goal second period could help the Philadelphia Flyers defeat their Pennsylvania rival. Despite blowing a 3-0 lead, the Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to come back and defeat the Flyers in a six-round shootout by a score of 5 to 4.
Former Washington forward Matt Cooke scored the first goal of the game 7:06 into the first period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead after the first period. Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby added goals to put Pittsburgh up three just four minutes into the second period.
However, Jeff Carter answered right back 4 minutes after Crosby scored to cut the Pittsburgh lead to two. Simon Gagne would answer Carter’s goal with two shorthanded goals to tie the game at three. Then, Joffrey Lupul deflected a Kimmo Timonen shot past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with 4 seconds left in the second period to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead after two.
Fleury was consequently pulled for backup goaltender Dany Sabourin in the third period. Down by a goal with 2:33 left in the third period, Sidney Crosby found the net for the second time in the game to tie the game at 4. After 7 minutes and 33 minutes of additional scoreless hockey, the game went into a shootout.
In the first round of the shootout, Petr Sykora and Simon Gagne failed to score. Kris Letang in the second round was denied by Flyers goalie Martin Biron. Then, Flyers captain Mike Richards deked Dany Sabourin out of his crease only to be denied by the stick of Sabourin at the goal line. Sidney Crosby and Jeff Carter fail to score in the third round, so extra rounds were needed. Miroslav Satan missed on his opportunity in the 4th round. Kimmo Timonen nearly won the game for Philadelphia, but was denied by the crossbar. After another scoreless round, Alex Goligoski finally found the net after sneaking the puck past Biron. Scott Hartnell had a chance to extend the shootout, but was denied on a horrid shootout attempt.