NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
(Wednesday, November 26th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 1, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Sebastien Caron and Robert Esche combined for 59 saves, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers skated to a 1-1 tie at the Igloo.
Despite the good play of Caron, who ended with 39 saves for Pittsburgh, the Flyers were able to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1) on the strength of Eric Chouinard's second period goal.
Dick Tarnstrom tallied for the Penguins, who are just 2-6-1-1 in their last 10 games.
All was quiet offensively in this game until Tarnstrom made it 1-0 on a power play with just 37 seconds remaining in the first period. He was fed the puck up top after a draw, and fired his fourth of the season past Esche, who never saw the shot coming.
Esche turned aside 19 of the 20 shots he faced, including just one in overtime.
Philadelphia then tied it up in the second period, applying good pressure in the Pittsburgh zone before taking advantage of a Caron miscue.
The Pittsburgh netminder turned aside a flurry of weak shots sent his way down low, but he wiffed on a clearing try while laying on his belly in the crease. Chouinard was there to take advantage, lifting the puck top-shelf at 14:08 for his third goal.
After killing off a 5-on-3 midway through the third, the Flyers a a few nice opportunities later in the period, but Caron answered each time. The Penguins, meanwhile, finished the stanza without a single good scoring chance, despite a lengthy power play.
In fact, Esche needed just two saves to escape the third, while Caron faced 14 Philadelphia shots at the other end.
Then, in overtime, the Flyers applied more pressure inside the Pittsburgh zone with rookie blueliner Joni Pitkanen creating opportunities early on. One shot his the post, and Caron fended off the rest.
Philadelphia forward Simon Gagne had the last good scoring chance with a rebound opportunity in front, but he jammed the puck into Caron's pads with 13 seconds remaining and the clock ran down on the tie.
Caron made six saves in the extra stanza.
Philadelphia hasn't fallen since a loss in New Jersey on October 30...Flyers forward Jeremy Roenick played despite an aching back...Pittsburgh is 3-4-3 on home ice this season...The Flyers are 4-0-2 in the last six meetings between the teams.
11/26 22:20:16 ET