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Flyers top Pens in OT, capping wild finish
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Streit's errant pass hit the back of the net with 2:50 remaining in overtime and lifted the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Streit skated up the right wing, in a 2-on-2 with Sean Couturier trailing on the opposite side. He attempted to backhand the puck across ice, but the disc deflected off a Pens defender's stick then found its way through Marc-Andre Fleury for the game decider.
Jakub Voracek netted the first two goals and Claude Giroux the other in regulation for the Flyers, who locked up the third seed in the Metropolitan Division and are heading to a first-round matchup with the Rangers.
New York completes its regular season in Montreal later Saturday, while Philadelphia hosts Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Mason departed the game after two periods with an upper-body injury after stopping 21-of-22 shots. Ray Emery picked up the win despite allowing two shaky goals over 22:10 of action.
James Neal totaled a goal and two assists for the Penguins, while Jussi Jokinen also tallied and Kris Letang sent the game to the extra session on a late marker.
Fleury ended up with only 17 saves in defeat.
Voracek appeared to be walled off along the left-wing boards near the blue line, then spun towards the slot and threw a pass into the middle of the ice where Giroux calmly redirected it home with 1:15 to play to give the visitors a 3-2 lead.
Fleury was summoned to the bench from the ensuing faceoff, and Letang followed up a Neal miss at the left pipe and stuck a backhander off the right post with 36.8 showing
Emery then stood firm to deny Letang on a shot in close just over a minute into OT.
Jokinen opened up the scoring two minutes after the drop of the puck, as he converted a Neal pass from between the circles to finish off a 3-on-2 break.
The Flyers' first best chance of the first period came when Streit was set up by Giroux in the slot but clanged a shot off the post inside of five minutes remaining.
Voracek eventually evened the score, on a weaving rush from the right wing into the slot, where be beat Fleury through the pads with a low shot at 17:09 to cap a power play.
Pittsburgh was given a lengthy 5-on-3 after Mason and Adam Hall were whistled for infractions 26 seconds apart but failed to convert. Mason stopped three shots on the two-man disadvantage and his defense checked away the remaining one-man edge.
Philly ended up leading 2-1 with 5:22 left, as a fluttering shot from the left-wing boards by Giroux hit Scott Hartnell in the crease, trickled through Fleury and was tapped over the line by Voracek.
Neal managed to sneak one through the crook of Emery's arm from the right circle with 5:07 left in regulation and the hosts evened the score at 2-2.
Philadelphia won four of five in the season series ... Voracek and Giroux each finished with three points, while Hartnell was credited with a pair of assists ... Including the postseason, the Flyers improved to 11-2-1 all-time in the Penguins' new arena, which opened in October of 2010 ... Until Crosby's assist on Neal's marker, he had endured nine scoreless periods over parts of four games against Philly dating back to November ... With nothing on the line, the Penguins sat defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Chris Kunitz ... In anticipation of the upcoming playoffs, the Flyers rested defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Nicklas Grossmann, inserted Erik Gustafsson and Hal Gill into the lineup after a 45-game absence as a healthy scratch.
04/12 18:46:04 ET