Philadelphia (5-6-3) at Pittsburgh (9-4-2), 7:30 pm EST
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins showed off their
offensive prowess against the defending Stanley Cup champion
Detroit Red Wings and would like to do the same against an
Atlantic Division rival.
Looking to build on a dramatic comeback victory in overtime, the
Penguins can extend their winning streak to five games when they
host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Jordan Staal recorded a hat trick in the third period and
Pittsburgh overcame a 5-2 deficit entering the session before
Ruslan Fedotenko notched the game-winner in overtime to seal a
Staal set up Fedotenko’s tally and used his second career hat
trick to break out of a slump. The 20-year-old had a slow start
to the season, with just two goals and three assists in 13 games
before Tuesday. Staal, who was plus-4 on the night, tied his
season-high with five shots on goal.
Prior to jolting the Red Wings, the Penguins stole three
straight one-goal games – including a 4-3 shootout victory over
the New York Islanders on Saturday.
Philadelphia snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win
over the Islanders, but lost Daniel Briere to another injury.
With the unspecified setback, his status for this game is
Briere, who has scored in four straight games, made a quick
return following abdominal surgery, coming back Saturday after a
six-game absence to score the Flyers’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to
the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Nevertheless, the Flyers have produced two consecutive strong
defensive efforts after pulling the trigger on a trade to
acquire defenseman Matt Carle from the Lightning for Steve
Eminger and Steve Downie on Friday.