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Penguins dominate Flyers in home regular-season finale

Led by the efforts of Beau Bennett and Kris Letang, the Penguins cruised to a 6-2 victory Sunday against the Flyers the final regular-season home game for the team this year.

The victory was the sixth in a row for Pittsburgh. The suddenly red hot Penguins have won 12 of their past 13 games and 25 of 34 since Jan. 12.

Pittsburgh jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.  Sidney Crosby initiated the scoring brigade with a power-play goal following a Phil Kessel wrist shot attempt. Moments later, Bennett scored his first goal since December, burying a Conor Sheary pass to make it 2-0.

Patric Hornqvist got in on the fun midway through the second period with an unassisted goal, his 21st of the season. With only seconds remaining in the second frame, Wayne Simmonds put the Flyers on the board with assists from Claude Giroux and Andrew MacDonald, making it a 3-1 contest.

The Flyers comeback hopes didn’t last long, however, as Carl Hagelin made it 4-1 Penguins early in the third period. Nick Bonino and Kris Letang assisted on the score. Jacob Voracek responded for Philadelphia, knocking in his 11th goal this year with help from Shane Gostisbehere and Sean Couturier.

From then on, the Penguins put the Flyers away for good, courtesy of Eric Fehr. The Penguins center tacked on his seventh and eighth goals of the season, the second one being an empty-netter. Tom Kuhnhackl assisted on the first, and Matt Cullen helped out on both.

Penguins rookie goaltender Matt Murray was a bright spot once again in this one, saving 28 of 30 shots in place of the injured Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Penguins now have 100 points on the year, good enough to remain in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Pittsburgh has three games remaining in the regular season, all away from Consol Energy Center. The first of the three comes this Tuesday night in Ottawa.  Faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Canadian Tire Centre.

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