The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 tonight.
|Bellemare scores his 1st NHL goal|
Prior to tonight, Philadelphia had won their previous 4 games against Pittsburgh and clearly played like they wanted a fifth.
Pittsburgh got off to their usual quick start and outshot the Flyers 9-3 in the first 9 minutes and opened the scoring when Nick Spalding beat Ray Emery from the circle.
Flyers quickly turned things around scoring twice in under 4 minutes. Mark Streit found the back of the net on a slap shot from the point before Pierre Edouard Bellemare notched his first career NHL goal. Bellemare went to the net off a rush up the ice and Sean Couturier, who had a 3 point night, set him up for the redirection.
Pascal Dupuis knotted the game up for the Penguins midway through the 2nd when a shot from the point bounced off him then Andrew MacDonald and past Emery. Despite the goal, Philadelphia played the better period out shooting Pittsburgh 17-6.
|Umberger celebrate first of the season|
The Penguins made it close with 3 minutes to play on a Marcel Goc goal; however, Couturier, would bury it into the empty net solidifying the Flyers second win of the season.
"We talked about [yesterday] how we were not there to compete as a team," said Bellemare to NBCSports after the game. "Tonight I think we competed for each other and when you get all the guys working for each other you know the goals will come and you'll win the game."
Philadelphia improves to 2-3-2 for 6 points on the season.
|Pens and Flyers honor the victims in Ottawa|
- Couturier scored 3 points in a game for just the second time in his career and first since December 4th 2013, when he scored 4 points.
- Umberger scored his first goal since returning to the Flyers. His last goal as a Flyer came on May 13 2008.
- Umberger also had a Gordie Howe hat trick tonight, picking up a fight and an assist as well as his goal.
- 3 Flyers scored their first goal of year tonight (Bellemare, Umberger and Read).
- Bellemare also led the Flyers in shots with 5.
- Before the game, Pittsburgh chose to sing the Canadian national anthem despite the fact the both teams were American. This was to honor the people of Ottawa for the tragic events that happened this afternoon. The audience all sang along as the words were put on the jumbotron. Then during the American national anthem, the singer stopped in the middle letting the fans sing by themselves. Class act by Pittsburgh and all of our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and anyone involved.
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers have off until Saturday when they come home to face the Detroit Red Wings.