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Flyers chase Marc-Andre Fleury in first period

Mar 16, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins fell apart against the Philadelphia Flyers in the early portion of Sunday’s afternoon contest and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury paid the price.

Though Fleury did the best he could under the circumstances, he allowed three goals on 16 shots with two of those markers coming while the Flyers’ had the man advantage.

Wayne Simmonds was involved in all three goals and found the back of the net for the 20th and 21st times in 2013-14 campaign.

When Fleury exited the game in favor of backup Jeff Zatkoff, Philadelphia had a 3-0 lead. Brooks Orpik got Pittsburgh on the board at 17:33 of the first period.

The Flyers, which are playing for a postseason spot while Pittsburgh has already all-but locked up Metropolitan Division, also earned a 4-0 victory against the Penguins on Saturday in the first half of this home-and-home series.

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  1. ibieiniid - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    that was a bad move, IMO. he was easily the best on the pens and if they end up getting back in this, I’m sure they’d rather have fleury than zatkoff. we’ll see how this turns out.

    • buckeye044 - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      he’s so fragile there is no way they could leave him in.

    • sumkat - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      They were down 7-0 after 3 and a half periods this weekend. Regardless of how well Fluery was playing (I thought he was OK, not great), pulling him was a wake up call for the rest of the team who were sleepwalking

      Plus Philly is already in Fluery’s head, no reason to do more damage on that end

  2. Wineshard - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Maybe the Pens should have been trying to get Luongo instead of Kesler?

    • claudegirwho - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      It wasn’t fluery’s fault. Someone has to play in front of him

  3. 950003cups - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Looks like the Devils should be watching the Flyers and taking notes. That’s a team that wins the games they need to win. Hence why I truly believe that Laviolette should’ve been coaching that mess of a team a while ago. But Lou likes to take his time, ALL THE TIME. He didn’t learn when he kept John MacLean too long. He didn’t learn when he lost Parise for waiting too long. He still won’t learn when he didn’t replace DeBoer on time.

    Lou Lamoriello needs to be replaced with someone who knows and understands the new NHL.

  4. penguins87and71 - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Really disappointed in Penguins fans booing him off the ice, could have been 6-0 without him.

    • bsfan77 - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Cant blame the goalie when your D is standing there picking there noses. Gooooooo Flyers! Bruins need breathing room at the top of the division. Pens D will get eaten alive in the playoffs. Bertuzzo is a goon. Looks worse than Scott from Buffalo.

    • sjsharks66 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Should not boo the flower. Instead should have booed Disco Dan. Why play him again after yesterdays loss? Zatkoff has proven himself and I believe he deserved the start today.

    • cheesesteak75 - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      I was there and was booing the coach for pulling him. He was their best player today!

  5. penguins87and71 - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Including Playoffs the Flyers are 9-2-1 at Consol Energy Center.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Actually looking on it, this was the right move , Zatkoff has been pretty good and the pens have gotten a message out of it

  7. mornelithe - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Awesome work Philly! Thanks from the B’s!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      You can pay us back by beating the Devils (twice), Caps, and Leafs in your remaining schedule.

      • mornelithe - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        Hopefully the B’s continue on their current tear. :)

  8. crazemastercraze - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Philly fans getting the parade ready after beating a team TWICE!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Please we’re not Pens fans, we’ve experienced too much heartbreak to be so foolish. Flyers fans are excited bc they just beat their biggest rival twice in two days while immersed in a tight battle to simply capture a playoff spot. There are no delusions of grandeur here.

  9. pastabelly - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Fleury was in playoff form.

  10. toiletclown - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    good thing the flyers beat the pens minor team league this weekend. Hold your head up high flyers fans, what an accomplishment. hahahah

  11. coopjr - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Oh well, when you go up against one of the best in the world in Giroux, how can minor league players like Crosby, Fleury, and Malkin be expected to compete?

    • toiletclown - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      nobody knows who girioux is sir, when he wins anything of importance like the great one crosby, you should keep your posts to yourself. checkmate

      • coopjr - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        1st shift

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