Flyers defeat Penguins, 4-2
Penguins' Joe Vitale is stopped by the Flyers Marc-Andre Bourdon.
Flyers Jaromir Jagr skates up ice against the Penguins
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Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot each scored and were successful in their return here in Philadelphia jerseys as the Flyers downed the Penguins, 4-2, tonight at Consol Energy Center.
The loss to their arch rivals stopped a Penguins winning streak at four games, and the Flyers moved out of a second-place tie with the Penguins and into a tie with the New York Rangers atop the Atlantic Division
The Penguins struck first, and early. On the first shift of the game, Tyler Kennedy dove behind the Philadelphia net to get the puck to Jordan Staal. From the left edge of the crease, Staal flipped the puck in off of the shoulder of Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 1-0 44 seconds into regulation.
With his assist, Kennedy reached a career-best five-game points streak.
Philadelphia tied it, 1-1, on Kimmo Timmonen's power-play goal at 9:56 of the first period. His shot from near the top of the left circle went in off the glove of Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Jagr dismayed the crowd by giving Philadelphia a 2-1 lead with a backhander at 6:03 of the second period.
The Flyers upped their lead to 3-1 at 16:11 of the second period when Matt Read cashed in on a rebound of a Sean Couturier shot.
Kennedy's high slap shot from the right circle closed it to 3-2 at 13:31 of the third period. Evgeni Malkin set up Kennedy, and his assist extended his points streak to nine games.
Talbot added an empty-net goal with 24.9 seconds left in regulation.
The Penguins' next game is Saturday afternoon at New Jersey.
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First Published December 29, 2011 12:00 am