The Flyers and Penguins proved once again on Wednesday why their rivalry is one of the best in sports right now. The Flyers hung on to win, 6-5, in a wildly exciting affair that has become the norm when these two teams meet.
Jakub Voracek recorded a hat trick for Philadelphia, including the game winner with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Wayne Simmonds had a Gordie Howe hat trick with an assist, two goals and a fight with Tanner Glass.
The win was punctuated by two defensive breakdowns by the Penguins that allowed the Flyers to get back in the game. The first was one of the more comical plays of the season. Pittsburgh had taken a solid 2-0 lead when Tomas Vokoun decided to stop playing his position and instead watch as all five of his teammates scrambled to keep the puck out of the net.
They were unsuccessful.
Simmonds and Voracek would score next to put the Flyers up 3-1 going into the third period. The two clubs then exchanged goals, as Voracek scored his second just minutes into the third, Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh and Simmonds got his second minutes later. In what was a theme for the Flyers in the final frame, Ruslan Fedotenko went to the penalty box for high-sticking and James Neal scored to bring the Penguins back within one.
Then things got crazier. In the midst of the thousands of penalties the Flyers were killing off, Chris Kunitz appeared to tie the game up with a few minutes left. The goal was overturned when officials ruled he had kicked it in. A very tired Nicklas Grossmann and Braydon Coburn were left out to defend on the resulting even-strength play, and immediately let Brandon Sutter walk in past Claude Giroux to finally tie it up at 5-5.
The game seemed destined to go to overtime, but Tomas Vokoun's horrible night came to a crashing end when he allowed Voracek to score from behind the goal line to seal the 6-5 win for Philadelphia.
Vokoun's reaction was priceless.
Nope. It was just sad.