RECAP: Kasperi Kapanen’s two goals fuel Pittsburgh Penguins’ win over Philadelphia Flyers

Mar 2, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defender Shayne Gostisbehere (53) is knocked down by Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the first period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Kasperi Kapanen scored twice and Tristan Jarry made 40 saves Tuesday to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins past the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.

Pittsburgh, which improved to 8-1-0 at home, rallied from a one-goal deficit without captain and leading scorer Sidney Crosby, who went on the NHL’s COVID-10 protocol list earlier in the day.

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Bryan Rust had a goal and an assist, and Cody Ceci and Mike Matheson also scored for the Penguins. Pittsburgh has alternated wins and losses the past five games.

Joel Farabee got both goals for Philadelphia, which had won three straight. Carter Hart made 22 saves.

The Flyers capitalized on a neutral zone turnover by Pittsburgh’s Teddy Blueger to take a 1-0 lead. Off a give-and-go with Sean Couturier, Farabee banged the puck past a sprawled Jarry at 2:32 of the second period.

The balance of the second favored the Penguins, who struck 1:07 later to tie it on an unassisted goal by Kapanen. He picked off the puck in his defensive zone and took off on a breakaway. After a fairly unusual one-on-one move of faking a slapshot, Kapenen directed the puck under Hart’s pads.

Kapenen struck again, this time on a power play, at 8:41 of the second. Off tic-tac-toe passing that drew Hart to his right, Kapenen finished the play into the vacated portion of the net for a 2-1 Penguins lead.

Less than two minutes later, Hart denied Kapanen a natural hat trick with a point-blank glove save, but Pittsburgh pushed it to 3-1 less than a minute after that when Rust scored on a rebound at 10:45 of the second.

Farabee pulled the Flyers within 3-2 at 11:00 of the third. After Jarry turned the puck over behind his net, play moved out front, and Farabee finished off a scramble with a chip over Jarry’s right pad.

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Ceci restored the two-goal lead for Pittsburgh 1:08 later. Off the rush, he drove to the net and converted a feed from Jared McCann by sliding the puck under Hart’s left pad.

Matheson caught Hart leaving the crease for an extra attacker and scored at 16:06 to make it 5-2.

–Field Level Media