NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, December 11th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 8, Pittsburgh 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Joffrey Lupul had a career-high six-point night with a hat trick and three assists while R.J. Umberger also netted a hat trick, as the Philadelphia Flyers dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 8-2, at the Wachovia Center.
Umberger also added two assists while Mike Richards picked up three helpers for the Flyers, who have two wins in their last three games.
Martin Biron made 20 saves while Mike Knuble had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which ended a five-game losing streak at home.
Ryan Whitney and Petr Sykora both scored while Sidney Crosby had two assists for the Penguins, who had a four-game win streak snapped.
Dany Sabourin started between the pipes for Pittsburgh in place of the injured Marc-Andre Fleury and allowed five goals on 25 shots over the first two periods. Ty Conklin replaced Sabourin at the start of the third and ended with 12 saves.
With the game tied, Philadelphia took control in the second stanza with a pair of goals by Umberger.
At 8:10 of the second, Lupul left a drop pass for Umberger just inside the blueline and he sent a shot past a screened Sabourin on his glove side to make it 3-2.
Two minutes later, Umberger took a feed from Lupul and moved into the slot, snapping a shot into the top left corner of the net to give the Flyers a two- goal advantage.
With just 9.9 seconds left in the second period, Knuble's power-play tally made it 5-2. From the right point, Kimmo Timonen cranked a slap shot that saw the puck hit off Lupul and fall to Knuble in the slot. Knuble managed to control and settle the disc in traffic and deposited the puck over Sabourin's shoulder.
At 4:07 of the third, Lupul completed the hat trick after netting a power-play goal by jamming in a rebound just outside the crease. The rout continued as a power-play tally by Braydon Coburn at 6:09 made it a five-goal contest.
With 2:12 left, Umberger sent more hats flying to the ice as he scored off a feed from Ryan Potulny to complete his hat trick.
The last time two Flyers recorded a hat trick in the same game was on March 7, 1985 when Tim Kerr and Dave Poulin both did it against Washington
Lupul's seventh goal of the season 1:11 into the opening period gave the Flyers the early edge. Umberger carried the puck into Pittsburgh's zone up the left side and centered a pass to a streaking Lupul, who guided the disc through the legs of Sabourin.
Lupul struck again just 2:33 after his first tally to give Philadelphia a two- goal advantage. From the high slot, Lupul wound up and fired a slap shot that got past Sabourin on the stick side.
A power-play goal by Whitney with 7:21 remaining in the first got Pittsburgh on the board. From inside the left circle, Whitney lifted a wrister that sailed over the shoulder of Biron.
Less than two minutes after Whitney's goal, the Penguins found the back of the net with another power-play tally. From the left side of the crease, Evgeni Malkin backhanded a pass across to Sykora, who managed to push the puck past Biron to tie the game at 2-2.
Lupul's six-point game was the first for Philadelphia since Eric Lindros had four goals and two assists on March 1, 1997 against the Toronto Maple Leafs...The Flyers improved to 3-0 against Pittsburgh this season...Richards now has 100 career points in the NHL...Philadelphia ended 3-for-13 on the power play...The Penguins had a three-game road winning streak end.
12/11 22:38:27 ET