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Penguins tie it late, but toothless power play seals shootout loss to Flyers

Matt Vensel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

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PITTSBURGH — The Penguins lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in a shootout, Saturday night.

They did rally to salvage a point. But this one left a sour taste in their mouths.

The Penguins, after giving up their latest short-handed goal, were 21 seconds away from a regulation loss when Jake Guentzel got his second goal of the night.

Guentzel swatted a rebound out of the air past Flyers goalie Samuel Ersson.

Despite their damaging mistakes on special teams, the home team had somehow emerged from a wild third period with a chance to win it after regulation.

In overtime, they couldn’t take advantage of a 4-on-3 power play after the Flyers were called for too many men on the ice with one minute left. That sent the game to a shootout. Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier got the only goal.

 

The Penguins should have skated away with two points, not one, Saturday.

Guentzel put the Penguins on top 2-1 shortly after they had killed a penalty that had carried into the third period. Erik Karlsson just sent the puck toward the blue paint and it hit Guentzel’s right skate then caromed in behind Ersson.

The Penguins had a chance to push the lead to two when Nicolas Deslauriers went to the penalty box for boarding. But instead they coughed up the tying goal while shorthanded. Evgeni Malkin watched Scott Laughton race to retrieve a loose puck and then skate in to beat Tristan Jarry on a breakaway.

It was the latest disastrous sequence for Malkin and the Pittsburgh power play.

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