NHL Recap: Feb 20, 2013 – Pens – Flyers Classic, Kings Sweep Through Alberta


There were only 3 games on the NHL schedule on Wednesday night, but one of them was an exciting rematch from a very entertaining first round playoff series last spring.

February 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fights with Pittsburgh Penguins center Tanner Glass (10) during the first period against at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Philadelphia Flyers won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

  1. In a carryover from their epic playoff series of last year, the Flyers upended the Penguins in an exciting, roller coaster 6-5 win.  Jakub Voracek scored his first career hat trick, including the game winner with 91 seconds remaining.  After falling behind 2-0 on goals from Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin, Philadelphia scored 4 times to take a 4-2 lead (Nicklas Grossmann, Wayne Simmonds and 2 from Voracek) early into the third.  After Tim Kennedy and Simmonds exchanged goals to make it 5-3, James Neal and Brandon Sutter scored for the Penguins to tie it up and set the stage for Voracek’s winner that stole a point from the Penguins.  There were 13 power plays, double minors, a fight (Simmonds and Tanner Glass), and each team had 32 shots in what is an early candidate for game of the year.
  2. Jaroslav Halak returned to the St. Louis net and allowed one goal on 20 Colorado shots for a good night’s work. Unfortunately, Semyon Varlamov was better, stopping all 33 shots he faced to get the shutout and the 1-0 OT victory.  David Jones scored the winner with 16 seconds left in overtime, and the play was actually onside for a change.
  3. The Kings won their second straight game in Alberta as they matched Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Edmonton with a 3-1 win over the Flames on Wednesday.  Dustin Brown, Trevor Lewis and Jeff Carter did the damage for the Kings, while T.J. Brodie was the only Flame to beat Jonathan Bernier.