|Date of game: 10/22/2014
Recap: Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - R.J. Umberger, Matt Read and Sean Couturier tallied in the third period, as the Philadelphia Flyers continued their domination at CONSOL Energy Center with a 5-3 decision over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare picked up his first NHL score and Mark Streit also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who bounced back nicely from a 4-0 defeat in Chicago on Tuesday.
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek contributed two assists each while Ray Emery stopped 22 shots as Philadelphia improved to 10-1-1 in the Steel City since October of 2010.
Nick Spaling picked up a goal and assist, with Marcel Goc and Pascal Dupuis adding goals for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury took the loss after stopping 28-of-32 shots.
"We're playing a team playing in back-to-back games and playing at home, we should take advantage of that opportunity," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said.
Seconds after another bad bounce caused Fleury to be out of position for a Flyers' chance, Emery dove through his crease to stop a point-blank shot by Evgeni Malkin with his left pad just over six minutes into the third. A brief review determined the puck did not cross the goal line before the pad swept it back out of the crease.
Umberger put the visitors ahead for good at the end of the following shift when he flipped a cross-ice dish from Giroux inside the near post from the left side at 6:50.
It was a two-goal spread when Read finished off a pass from Couturier with a rising backhander exactly two minutes later.
Pittsburgh was on its heels until Goc and Spaling worked a give-and-go with the former beating Emery from the left side with 2:57 to play and the hosts pulled within a goal.
Fleury went to the bench for an extra attacker with 1:22 on the clock, and Emery needed to make just one save before Couturier's shot from the neutral zone slid into the empty cage with 25 seconds to play.
The Flyers survived their first short-handed situation when Chris VandeVelde went off for holding at 1:43, but Spaling's shot from the left side eluded Emery just seven seconds after the penalty expired.
Streit was left alone at the right point to rip a shot which changed direction slightly off Malkin's stick before fluttering through Fleury at the 9:20 mark.
Bellemare attained his milestone tally when he tipped home a Couturier lead pass on an odd-man rush just after the second Philly minor expired for a 2-1 game at 13:18.
"It felt pretty unbelievable," Bellemare said of the goal. "Especially that we won the game tonight that helps it feel even better."
The hosts evened the score at nine minutes even of the second. Malkin won a left-circle draw back to Paul Martin, and his low wrister caromed off Dupuis before trickling past Emery.
Fleury had to be limber to stop a pair of Flyers chances in close which resulted from bad caroms off the end boards in the final three minutes.Game Notes
Umberger posted his first goal with the Flyers since Apr. 4, 2008 against the
Devils ... According to Elias Sports Bureau, at 29 years old, Bellemare is the
oldest Flyers player to record his first NHL goal since 32-year-old Jiri
Dopita on Nov. 15, 2001 ... Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and forward
Brandon Sutter each finished with game-worst minus-4s ... Philly blueliner
Nick Schultz finished a team-best plus-3 ... In addition to the
American national anthem, "O Canada" was sung as a tribute to the shootings on
Parliament Hill in Ottawa earlier in the day which left a soldier -- Cpl.
Nathan Cirillo -- dead and caused the postponement of the Maple Leafs-Senators