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Jagr, Talbot score for Flyers in 4-2 win over Penguins

Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot both netted goals in their first games as Flyers in Pittsburgh, and the Penguins’ four-game winning streak was snapped with a 4-2 loss to their cross-state rivals. Tyler Kennedy and Jordan Stall both scored, with Malkin picking up an assist to move his points streak to nine-straight games.

Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot had the homecomings they were hoping for, as each scored a goal in Philadelphia’s 4-2 victory over the Penguins Thursday night. Jagr sent a backhand shot over Fleury’s glove hand for the Flyers’ second goal, and Talbot added the empty-netter to seal the win. The Flyers, who lost their previous two games by a combined score of 9-3, have not lost three games in a row this season, and are now a perfect 4-0 in the Consol Energy Center.

HBO might have to use some very creative editing to make this game seem riveting, though, because aside from the goals from former Penguins, the much-hyped game between Atlantic Division foes was a dud. Even booing Jagr seemed to get old for the home crowd, as their team seemed unmotivated, looked slow and let the Flyers dictate the game.

“We certainly didn’t spend time in the offensive zone that we need to.” Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, donning his hunter green Christmas sweater for the last time, said after the game. “I think too often we were looking for things off the rush, and that didn’t happen for us. (The Flyers) played with pace, they executed and they took advantage of the second period.”         

While none of the Penguins looked particularly stellar, James Neal was inexplicably lost on the ice.

“We just need to bear down and win those games,” he said of another loss to an Atlantic Division team. “I mean, those are huge games. We know they’re good hockey teams. The onus is on us and we’ve got to play harder and be the better team.”

The oddest part of the game was that the Pens played as if they were uninterested on a night that was ripe for drama. With a win, the Penguins could have moved ahead of the Flyers in the Atlantic Division, extended their winning streak to five games and spoiled the return of Jagr. Aside from Sidney Crosby’s comeback game on November 21, this was the most anticipated match of the season. According to Neal, he and his teammates were well aware of that.

“We were revved up to play tonight,” Neal said. “It’s a tough way to play when you’re so ready to go.”

Tyler Kennedy, who extended his point streak to five games with a goal and an assist in the game, complimented his opponents.

“A couple of pucks bounced over our sticks at crucial times, but you have to give (the Flyers) credit,” he said. “They played well.”

The game started well enough for the Pens, as Jordan Staal scored 44 seconds into the opening period to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. After intercepting a pass behind the Flyers net, Kennedy made a diving play to get the puck to Staal at the side of the cage. Staal sneaked a wrist shot behind Flyers’ backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for his 15th goal of the season.

“I thought we had a good start and I thought we played pretty well in the first period,” Kennedy said.

Kimmo Timonen tied the game with his first goal of the season, a snap shot from the high slot that beat Fleury at 9:56 of the first period, less than a minute into the Flyers’ second power play of the game.

Jagr put the Penguins up for good at 6:03 of the second period, then celebrated the goal, his 12th of the year, with his signature salute.

“I felt pretty good, but I had so many chances that if I would have scored five goals, nobody would be surprised,” Jagr said.

Matt Read pounced on Sean Couturier’s rebound to score the game-winner at 16:11 of the second period.

Tyler Kennedy’s second point of the night brought the crowd back to life, as his slap shot from the right circle beat Bobrovsky, but the Pens didn’t come close to another goal after that.

“That was a huge goal,” Neal said. “The second that thing goes in, that gives us a huge boost and I thought we’d come back on that power play.”

The Penguins next play Saturday afternoon at New Jersey. After that they won’t play again until January 6 at home against the Rangers.

Three Stars:
1. Claude Giroux
2. Tyler Kennedy
3. Matt Read

SCORESHEET:
Goals:

PIT: Jordan Staal (15), Tyler Kennedy (5)
PHI: Kimmo Timonen (1), Jaromir Jagr (12), Matt Read (12), Max Talbot (10)

Assists:
PIT: Tyler Kennedy, Evgeni Malkin, Simon Despres
PHI: Claude Giroux (2), Wayne Simmonds, Matt Carle, Sean Couturier (2), Jakub Voracek (2)

IN THE NET:
PIT: Marc-Andre Fleury (L) 19-22
PHI: Sergei Bobrovsky (W) 24-26

SPECIAL TEAMS:
PIT: 0-3
PHI: 1-4

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