Because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has suspended the 2019-20 NHL season, the Flyers did not get a chance to beat the Penguins last Sunday in Philadelphia.
They did, however, dominate them on NHL 20 Thursday night as NBC Sports Philadelphia aired a simulation with the great trio of Jim Jackson, Keith Jones and Taryn Hatcher on the call.
The Flyers never trailed in beating Pittsburgh, 6-4, at the Wells Fargo Center.
Michael Raffl led the way with a pair of first-period goals. Kevin Hayes (one goal, one assist), James van Riemsdyk (one goal, one assist), Matt Niskanen (two assists), Travis Sanheim (two assists) and Nate Thompson (two assists) all had multi-point games.
Oh, and Gritty enjoyed the win. So did Claude Giroux.
This game doesn’t count in the standings, but we’ll take a win over the Penguins any time, any place. pic.twitter.com/kuyPakjE7y— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 2, 2020
Raffl's goals were massive in setting the tone during the opening 20 minutes. Despite allowing four markers, Carter Hart made a ton of timely saves, especially in the first period.
On Raffl's first goal, Penguins forward Conor Sheary got stuck right in the middle of the Flyers' celebration. Poor guy.
On Raffl's second goal, Penguins forward Evan Rodrigues tripped right over his goalie Matt Murray as the Flyers were celebrating.
This simulation sure loves Michael Raffl.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 2, 2020
And we're not mad about it. pic.twitter.com/05Ehk7ETKE
A big storyline in the Flyers' win was Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin being held to no goals.
As you can see, there were some daring Penguins fans in attendance. We have a strong feeling they were welcomed kindly by Flyers fans.
Just like in real life, the Flyers were very defensive of the 21-year-old Hart. Get close to the kid, you've got problems.
Tyler Pitlick added clutch secondary scoring during the second period to give the Flyers a 3-1 edge.
Gritty, with the neck of an owl, enjoyed his view in the middle stanza.
"He's always got a good spot," Jackson said.
"He's usually got some popcorn to dump on a Penguins fan's head," Jones said.
Unfortunately, that did not happen (let's be real, it probably did).
Tyler Pitlick, have a (virtual) goal! pic.twitter.com/ahkHeH9KDV— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 2, 2020
Justin Braun, Hayes and van Riemsdyk (empty-netter) tallied goals in the final stanza to seal the Flyers' win.
The Penguins' goals came from Brandon Tanev, Patric Hornqvist, Teddy Blueger and Marcus Pettersson.
That's not going to do it against this 2019-20 Flyers team, which has dominated in Philadelphia.
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