Kennedy’s goal beats Flyers
Tyler Kennedy, left, celebrates his game-winning overtime goal with defenseman Matt Niskanen as the Penguins beat the Flyers Sunday night in Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH – They needed an extra two minutes and 33 seconds, but the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to 12 games.
Tyler Kennedy’s overtime goal capped a late comeback and gave the Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers before 18,662 at Consol Energy Center Sunday night.
“It was a tough-fought game,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “They did a good job protecting and being tough around the net. It was tough to get in there.”
Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal on a 5-on-3 power play at 13:46 of the third period. The Penguins are now on a 14-2 streak in one-goal games.
“Everybody stuck to the plan,” goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “Everybody stayed calm and disciplined.”
It was an eventful day for the Penguins, who announced the acquisition of veteran forward Brendan Morrow in a trade that sent former No. 1 draft pick Joe Morrow to the Dallas Stars.
“It’s a great acquisition for us,” said Crosby, who was Morrow’s teammate in the 2010 Olympics. “He has a ton of experience, he’s a great leader. He plays well at both ends of the ice. He’s tough for other teams to handle. We’re definitely happy that he’s going to be part of our team.
“You expect every shift that he’s going to make a big hit, be around the net, pick up rebounds. He’s killed penalties. He’s going to be great for us.”
The Penguins will take their streak into Tuesday’s game, thanks to the shot that Kennedy fired over goalie Ilya Bryzgalov’s right shoulder from the left circle. Kennedy faked a shot to buy an extra second, then used Pascal Dupuis as a screen on the winning goal.
Dupuis’ presence on the ice was something of a surprise, given that he was driven into the boards from behind by Braydon Coburn as time expired in the third period. No penalty was called.
Fleury, who had another strong game, needed to make two saves from close range against Andrej Meszaros in overtime.
“It maybe wasn’t as exciting for the fans as a 6-5 game, but I thought we played really well for 60 minutes,” Fleury said.
Crosby likened it to a game earlier in the streak, when the Penguins carried the play against Boston but needed a late comeback to win.
“I felt like we were confident we would get back in it if we kept getting those chances, and we did,” Crosby said.
The goal was his first on the power play in 17 games. Crosby put a shot in off a goal post from the right circle as the two-man advantage was expiring.
“We build off goals and big plays, and that showed in the way we played in the third period,” Kennedy said.
Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers on a power play at 14:09 of the second period. Paul Martin was sent off for slashing after a mild retaliatory tap against agitator Zac Rinaldo. Giroux’s attempted pass hit off Penguins forward Tanner Glass and bounced back to Giroux, whose quick shot beat Fleury.
With the trade deadline looming at 3 p.m. April 3, attention will probably be divided as the Penguins settle in on a five-game homestand. Could there be another deal?
“We’ll see,’ Shero said. “There’s still a week to go.”
Malkin missed his eighth game with an upper body injury, and defenseman Kris Letang sat out his third with an upper body injury. … The Penguins are 10-2 without Malkin this season. … Brooks Orpik had seven hits and Cooke added six. Mark Eaton blocked four shots. … Crosby had seven shots on goal and Dupuis had six. … Pittsburgh’s 12-game and 11-game winning streaks in the previous two seasons had both been ended by the Flyers.