After a scoreless first period, the Flyers got on the board when center Sean Couturier delivered a snap shot passed Penguins goaltender Matt Murray with an assist from Dale Weise just a minute into the second. Philly’s defense continued to be the aggressors, making the NHL’s top offense earn every shot on net.
Philadelphia’s leading scorer, Wayne Simmonds, scored the 29th goal of the season — and the 200th of his career — when he cleaned up a mess down low to beat Murray on the powerplay to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
The final 20 minutes of play did not get any better the Pens, who struggled to capitalize on any of their opportunities. Despite a pair of power plays, the Pens could not find the back of the net. The Flyers added two more goals in the final five minutes of play by center Claude Giroux and right wing Dale Weise.
Flyers’ goalie Steve Mason recorded the 20th shutout of his five year career, shutting down the Pens high powered offense and the Flyers’ defense limited Pittsburgh to 23 shots on the night. In addition, the Flyers handled the Pens’ struggling face-off stats by winning 65 percent of the game’s draws.
Still second in the Metropolitan Division (43-17-9) the Pens return back home to face the New Jersey Devils on Friday at 7:00 p.m.