PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins won 10 games in a row for the sixth time in franchise history, scoring two goals each from Brian Rust and Jake Guenzel to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-2 on Thursday night.
The Penguins won the second game back-to-back and had not lost against Edmonton since December 1. The Penguins won five games during the streak on the road and can at least think of a team record of 17 straight sets in March–April 1993. The Penguins also won 15 straight games in March 2013 and won streaks of 12, 11 and 10. Games, all from 1999.
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The 29-year-old Rust has held the key to the recent surge with seven goals in the last three games as he returned from an 11-game absence with an undisclosed injury. He scored a power-play goal in the first period – assisted by noted Flyers tormentor Sidney Crosby – and then added his ninth goal of the season only 2:34 later to make it 2-0. Rust took a hat-trick against San Jose on Sunday and scored five points.
Gwentzel took a 3–0 lead in the first score against Carter Hart, giving the forward one point in each of his last 16 matches. Gentzel scored again with 9:40 in the game for a 5-1 lead.
The Penguins played a devastated Flyers team with injuries and even more players in the COVID-19 protocol. The Flyers’ protocol consisted of six players, including top-point scorer and team captain Claude Giroux, defenseman Ivan Provorov and forward Travis Koneckny. The NHL postponed Thursday’s game between Anaheim and the Detroit Red Wings as COVID-19-related issues affected the Ducks.
Nevertheless, the Flyers played their fourth game in a row and lost.
Flyers forward James van Rimsdieck said before the game that he tried not to worry about the fairness of the situation.
“Obviously, this is out of our control to an extent,” he said. “You just have to hope that everyone is making these decisions, that it’s relatively fair across the board for stuff like that. I don’t want to waste too much energy thinking about things like this. At night I just try to focus on the game.”
Flyers could use more focus – and a healthier body.
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But no team stopped the Penguins in the past month, and they got off to a strong start one night after rallying for a 5-3 home win over the St. Tristan Jerry stopped 18 shots. Ivan Rodrigues scored his 15th goal in the third and Brian Boyle also converted it into a route with a short-handed goal in the period.
Cam Atkinson scored his 14th goal of the season for the Flyers in the second period, and Oskar Lindblom scored a power-play goal in the third. Hart blocked 26 shots.
moment of silence
Flyers observed a moment of silence for the 12 people killed this week when a fire broke out in a Philadelphia rowhome. Flyers Charities donated $10,000 to the Fairmount Family Support Fund through the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. This fund will directly help the people and families affected by the tragedy.
Penguins: Play in Dallas on Saturday.
Flyers: Host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
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