Flyers continue Steel City dominance
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brayden Schenn registered a pair of goals and Steve Mason added 24 saves as Philadelphia continued its domination at CONSOL Energy Center with a 4-1 decision over Pittsburgh.
Vincent Lecavalier and Carlo Colaiacovo also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who have won five straight in the Steel City and improved to 11-1-1 all-time during the regular season at the arena which replaced the Igloo.
"We get excited and we play well against the Penguins," Flyers head coach Craig Berube said. "It's one of those teams that bring out the best in us and we feel pretty comfortable in this building, that's for sure."
Sidney Crosby supplied the lone offense for the Penguins, who have lost seven of their last 10. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed all four goals on 31 shots in another home setback to their cross-state rivals.
"Our forwards had to carry more pressure. They had to sustain more," said Penguins head coach Mike Johnston. "They didn't get enough pressure in the zone. And then the key goal was the power-play goal to start the third period there."
Schenn tapped in a Jakub Voracek slap pass in front on the tail end of a carryover power play for a key insurance goal and a 3-1 Philly lead just 49 seconds into the third period.
Colaiacovo then followed up a Michael Raffl miss and converted from the left side at 5:34 to make it a three-goal spread. The oft-injured blueliner was immediately assailed by a stick to the face for his effort.
"Whatever it takes," Colaiacovo said. "For the most part, we had great energy tonight. We did a lot of good things. At the end of the day, we fought hard to get the win."
Things looked good early on for the struggling hosts, as Crosby chipped in a Patric Hornqvist rebound at the right post just 3:29 into the contest.
However, the game reverted back to form for the visitors. Lecavalier won a right-circle draw and then scored his second goal of calendar year 2015 off a Pierre-Edouard Bellemare rebound at 17:14.
Schenn put the Flyers on top to stay when he followed up a broken rush and, thanks to some lax defensive coverage, scored on a wrister from the slot for a 2-1 game at 12:43.
Philadelphia's record stands at 13-2-1 in 16 total appearances at Pittsburgh's new hockey venue ... Crosby's marker was his 300th career goal, coming in his 622nd game ... The Pens captain joined Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Rick Kehoe and Jean Pronovost to score as many with the franchise ... Colaiacovo netted his first goal since March 9, 2014 for the Blues ... Schenn posted his fourth multi-score effort of the season and first since March 14 against Detroit.