Voracek hat-trick helps Flyers sink Pens

Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:00am EST
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(Reuters) - Jakub Voracek completed a hat-trick with less than two minutes remaining to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Voracek scored his first goal late in the second period and then put the Flyers 4-2 up early in the third as Philadelphia (8-9-1) took control of the Atlantic division battle.

However, the Penguins fought back, tying the game at 5-5 in a see-sawing third period before Voracek sealed the win for the Flyers with his sixth goal of the season.

Pittsburgh, who were eliminated from last season's playoffs by the Flyers, opened strongly and took a 2-0 lead early in the first through Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin.

Goals from Nicklas Grossmann and Wayne Simmonds tied the score in the opening frame before two from Voracek put the Flyers 4-2 up.

Tyler Kennedy, James Neal and Brandon Sutter scored to get Pittsburgh back into the game, while Philadelphia's Simmonds also netted in the third.

With the score tied at 5-5, Voracek put the finishing touches to his stellar night with a game-winning wrist shot at 18:29.

The outcome gave the Flyers a second straight victory while the Penguins (11-6-0) had their three-game winning streak snapped.

"Never know what's going to happen, it's always up and down when we play Pittsburgh," Flyers wing Wayne Simmonds told reporters. "It seems like it's last team that scores, wins."   Continued...

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun (L) watches a puck shot by Philadelphia Flyers Tomas Voracek (not seen) go into the net in the third period of their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Cohn