Guerin's OT winner sinks Flyers
Bill Guerin scored his second goal of the game at 18:29 of overtime Friday night to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-0 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Pittsburgh twice fought back from a one-goal deficit in the 3-2 home victory at Mellon Arena.
Guerin scored near the end of the second, with Evgeni Malkin redirecting a Kris Letang shot on the power play late in the third to send the game into overtime.
Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves.
Scott Hartnell and Darroll Powe scored the earlier goals for Philadelphia, with Martin Biron finishing with 46 saves.
The scene will shift to Philadelphia, with Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final taking place Sunday afternoon (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 3 p.m. ET).
Need to regroup
"I thought we had every opportunity to win the game" said Philadelphia coach John Stevens.
"I thought we played hard, and that's the way it goes sometimes. But we certainly proved to ourselves we can play [and] we can mount an attack.
"We did a lot good things here. Right this second it's tough, but we'll regroup and we'll be ready."
The overtime winner came after the Flyers took consecutive penalties. Guerin buried the puck between Biron and the near post.
The well-travelled veteran, acquired at the trade deadline from the New York Islanders, hadn't scored a playoff goal in three years. After scoring twice for Dallas in the 2006 post-season, he endured a nine-game drought the following year in his short stay with San Jose.
"He's fit in so well here and we're really lucky to get him at the deadline," captain Sidney Crosby told Hockey Night in Canada after the game. "Since then, he's really made an impact on and off the ice.
"We're happy to have him, and nice that he could come up big tonight."
Malkin shines again
Sergei Gonchar finished with two assists, while Malkin had a goal and an assist for the second straight game.
Just over two minutes into the game, Malkin burst down the left wing and fired a shot off the post.
Midway through the period, Ruslan Fedotenko tested Biron from nearly the same spot, but the Flyers goalie made a pad save.
Not long after, Pittsburgh put a lot of pressure on during a power play, the Flyers struck just seven seconds into their first power-play opportunity.
Matt Carle threw the puck at the net, and Hartnell deflected it past Fleury at the 13:26 mark.
The Penguins goalie made a pair of big saves with just over three minutes left in the period, stopping Jeff Carter on a rush and denying Mike Richards on a rebound on the next shift.
Pittsburgh came out with jump right after the opening faceoff in the second, with Matt Cooke and Fedotenko testing Biron.
Fleury stopped Ryan Parent's shot midway through the frame and then stretched to make a glove grab off a Hartnell bid at the 12-minute mark.
Philadelphia got caught up ice late in the period with the wrong opponents on the ice — Crosby and Malkin. The puck was fed over to the left wing for Guerin, who beat Biron for that first playoff goal in three years.
Pittsburgh came out with energy to begin the third but couldn't score, and it was Powe of the Flyers who connected on a snapshot from the right circle, beating Fleury between the pads at 2:09.
It appeared for quite a while that the Kanata, Ont., native — who overcame a concussion earlier this season — would have the game winner.
But Fleury shone with just over eight minutes left, getting across with his skate on a Carter shot at the side of the net just before it reached the goal-line.
"It means the world to the team, I mean it gives you a second life," said Guerin. "You get energized by that and you realize your goalie helped keep you in the game, and that's what he ask from them at this time of year.
Pittsburgh converted on a power play with just 3:37 remaining in the third as Kris Letang's shot went off Malkin and past Biron.
Chris Kunitz was set up by Crosby for a chance to give Pittsburgh a go-ahead goal, but Biron stood firm.
Fleury made a pair of huge saves early in overtime on Mike Knuble and Richards to keep the game going.
"I think you saw a pretty good goaltending display tonight," said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. "Both guys made some outstanding saves — lots of shots and lots of flurries."
Hal Gill incurred a penalty for Pittsburgh late in the period, and Knuble and Claude Giroux were cited for the Flyers.
It was a bitter ending for a more disciplined Philadelphia effort. In the 4-1 loss in the series opener, the Flyers totalled 35 penalty minutes and found themselves short-handed six times.
"At any time in the game you don't want to get down 5-on-3, but certainly not in overtime," said Stevens.
Fleury is a perfect 3-0 in overtime games in his young career.
"To be able to go to Philly with a 2-0 advantage is big," said Fleury. "[But] I think we know it's going to be a tight series until the end."
Philadelphia forward Daniel Carcillo sat out with a one-game suspension for an elbow on Max Talbot late in the series opener. Stevens was fined $10,000 US for sending the enforcer out late in a one-sided contest.