Penguins beat Flyers as Malkin scores No. 50
The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin is congratulated as he makes his way down the bench after scoring his 50th goal in tonight's win against the Flyers.
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Evgeni Malkin scored his 50th goal and the Penguins topped the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, today in the teams' regular-season finale at Consol Energy Center.
The teams meet again in a best-of-seven, first-round playoff series beginning Wednesday or Thursday.
A strong play by Arron Asham set up the first goal for the Penguins. He fended off the Flyers' Pavel Kubina to get the puck and, while diving to the ice, pushed it to Pascal Dupuis.
Dupuis scored his 25th goal from the top of the left circle to make it 1-0 at 5:33 of the first period. That extended Dupuis' point streak to 17 games, the longest in the NHL this season and the third-longest in Penguins history. It came on his 33rd birthday.
Philadelphia tied it, 1-1, with 52.9 seconds left in the first period. A blocked shot created a loose puck in the slot, and Brayden Schenn pounced on it and knocked it past Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Penguins failed to score on a five-minute power play in the first period.
Chris Kunitz reached a career high with his 26th goal, a shot that squeaked between the pads of Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead at 7:15 of the second period.
With nothing really riding on the game beyond preparation for the playoffs, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma pulled Fleury from the game in favor of Brent Johnson at the 12:00 mark of the second period.
The Flyers tied it, 2-2, on former Penguins player Jaromir Jagr's wraparound, power-play goal at 11:54 of the second period.
The Penguins regained the lead, 3-2, at 17:54 of the second period. Sidney Crosby lifted in a short backhanded shot for a power-play goal.
With 12 seconds left in the second period, Malkin got his 50th, off of a drop pass from Kris Letang, to make it 4-2. That also extended Malkin's point streak to eight games.
First Published April 7, 2012 7:38 pm