PITTSBURGH -- If you didn't know better, you would have sworn you were watching a continuation of last year's wild, no-defense playoff matchup between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
There were fights, there were mad scrambles in front of the net -- one in which the Flyers scored on their "sixth shot from around the crease -- and there were goals galore.
The Flyers overcame an early-two goal deficit and, getting a hat trick from Jake Voracek, rallied past the Penguins, 6-5, at the electric Consol Energy Center.
Voracek scored from behind the goal line as his centering pass caromed off goalie Tomas Vokoun and into the net with 1 minute, 31 seconds remaining.
The Penguins had tied it 32 seconds earlier on Brandon Sutter's wraparound.
Voracek scored on a power-play rebound with 9.9 seconds left in the second period to put the Flyers ahead, 3-2. Wayne Simmonds (two goals) helped set up the goal, giving him a Gordie Howe hat trick -- a fight, a goal and an assist.
Eighteen seconds into the third period, Voracek increased the lead to 4-2, giving him two goals in 28 seconds. Pittsburgh cut it to within 4-3 as Tyler Kennedy scored on a rebound with 14:31 to play, but Simmonds' pass deflected off defenseman Matt Niskanen and into the net to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead.
The Penguins got to within 5-4 on James Neal's five-on-three power play goal. A goal by Chris Kunitz on a five-on-three was nullified because he kicked the puck into the net with 5:39 to go.
The Flyers lost the services of their leading goal scorer, top-line winger Matt Read, to an upper-body injury in the first period. Read was hit by Chris Kunitz late in the period, and the Flyers juggled their lines the rest of the way.
The win, coming on the heels of a 7-0 romp over the Islanders, enabled the Flyers to end their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record. They are 6-1 at the Consol Energy Center since it opened.
Pittsburgh, which allowed 30 goals while losing a six-game playoff series to the Flyers last season, dominated the first part of the opening period, building a 2-0 lead and outshooting the visitors, 12-2. Along the way, Evgeni Malkin ended the Flyers' streak of 21 straight penalty kills with a power-play goal, knocking in a rebound after Paul Martin's shot bounced off the end boards.
But the Flyers regrouped and got goals from Nick Grossmann and Simmonds to knot the score at 2. They outshot the Penguins, 13-1, in the latter stages of the first period.
After the morning skate, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said Wednesday's game would be a "measurement" for his team.
Then they measured up.
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