Hart makes 31 saves, Flyers defeat Penguins in shootout


PITTSBURGH — Carter Hart made 31 saves, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a shootout at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.

Hart was 0-5-2 in his previous seven starts.
Jakub Voracek scored for the Flyers (20-17-6), who won for the second time in six games.

Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins (27-13-3), who won their previous three games. Tristan Jarry made 26 saves.

Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier scored in the shootout for Philadelphia. After Jake Guentzel scored for Pittsburgh in the first round, Hart made saves against Crosby and Kris Letang.

Hart made five saves in overtime. The Flyers’ only shot of overtime came on a power play that began with 1:57 remaining when Crosby was called for tripping Sean Couturier.

Voracek tied it 1-1 with a wrist shot through the five-hole from the slot at 1:24 of the third period. It was his eighth goal this season and third in six games following a nine-game drought.

Evan Rodrigues had a chance to put the Penguins back in front on a one-timer from just outside the crease, but Hart extended to his right for a blocker save at 12:46.

Crosby gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 5:04 of the second period. After the puck slipped away from Letang as he was battling Shayne Gostisbehere, Hart missed on a poke check and Crosby shot through the five-hole.

Crosby had given his stick to Brian Dumoulin in the Penguins zone. When Letang took the puck the other way, Crosby rushed to the bench for a new stick before skating in behind Letang for his 17th goal.

The Flyers nearly tied it 1-1 late in the second period. After Jarry fell and pinned a shot from Travis Konecny against the left post at 14:48, each of the five Penguins skaters converged on the crease. The puck slipped out, and Couturier tapped it to Justin Braun, but Guentzel kicked away Braun’s shot in the slot.

Flyers forward Nolan Patrick left the game at 3:14 of the third period after taking a puck to the face off the stick of teammate Philippe Myers.

Jeff Carter was minus-1 with two shots on goal in 17:54 in his Pittsburgh debut. The forward was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

Philadelphia forward Wade Allison was minus-1 with four shots on goal in 11:13 in his NHL debut.

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