Flyers Stun Penguins 4-3 In 2019 Stadium Series

Flyers Stun Penguins 4-3 In 2019 Stadium Series

By James Jackson

February 24, 2019

The 2019 Stadium Series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins was already set to be an intense rivalry game, what we got was an instant classic. The Penguins were up 3-1 in the 3rd period, then the Flyers rallied. In overtime, the Flyers Captain Claude Giroux scored the game winning, lifting the Flyers past the Penguins 4-3.

As the rain and wind made for a very difficult night of outdoor hockey, the Flyers and Penguins both prepared for a battle. While the Penguins have been on the winning side of this rivalry more times than not, the Flyers have been known to pull off an upset here and there.

This edition of the Stadium Series was held at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Flyers faithful stuck it out through tough weather conditions and mediocre play from their team. Sidney Crosby, Justin Schultz and Evgeni Malkin all scored for the Penguins, hoping it would be enough to seal the win. That was not the case however as Sean Couturier, James Van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux all scored for the Flyers.

Philadelphia pulled goaltender Brian Elliott with 3:01 left in the game, down 3-1. Looking for a miracle, Van Riemsdyk scored on the extra attacker from the empty net, putting the Flyers within one. The Flyers would then pull Elliott once again in favor of the man advantage. Surely that wouldn’t work twice for the Flyers, would it? Jakub Voracek made sure that lightning would strike twice, scoring on the man advantage from the corner on a miracle shot with nineteen seconds left on the clock.

Voracek’s goal forced overtime and the Flyers fans both at home and at Lincoln Financial Field were all on their feet. Flyers Captain Claude Giroux found himself on a slight breakaway, taking a wrist-shot on Penguins goaltender Matt Murray. It seemed to be a routine save that Murray just lost track of, which snuck past his legs and into the back of the net.

The fans in the arena went wild and the Flyers swarmed Giroux to celebrate.

"I was able get a step on the defenseman and sneak it five hole," said Giroux. "With the conditions and us being down 3-1, we did a good job of keeping on the pressure.

"I've got goosebumps right now. The intensity in here is unbelievable."

Giroux’s goal was his 18th of the season. The Flyers ended a two game losing streak in a big game. The Flyers play Tuesday at 7PM against the Buffalo Sabers, in Philadelphia.

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