In a battle for Eastern Conference supremacy, the Flyers rallied from an early one-goal deficit to down the Penguins 5-2. The loss snapped the Pens’ four-game winning streak as they fell four points behind the front-running Flyers with five games to play.
Despite the lopsided score, it was an entertaining game befitting the cross-state rivalry. The Pens got off to a rousing start thanks to a goal by Alexei Kovalev at 12:22 of the opening period. Skating down the right side of the Flyers’ zone on a two-on-one, “AK 72” beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with a bullet of a wrist shot for his second goal