Kunitz, Crosby spark comeback as Penguins shoot down Flyers, 5-4
Nobody turned over a table in the Penguins' dressing room during the first intermission at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night. Nobody launched into a high-decibel rant about his teammates' costly lapses in discipline or focus, either. Or even shattered a stick by smacking it off a wall. "That never happens in our dressing room," defenseman Kris Letang said. "Never." Doesn't mean they didn't have a reason to, though. By that point, they had spotted Philadelphia a three-goal lead and little had happened to suggest they'd be able to claw back into the game. Or prevent the Flyers from winning by double figures, for that matter. Surely, there was absolutely no reason to believe they would end up with a 5-4 victory that would allow them to close out the first half of their season with an 16-8 record that's good for first place in the Atlantic Division and second place in the Eastern Conference. Not after they had been so badly outshot (18-4), outworked and out-battled during the first period. "We didn't play with enough emotion," center Sidney Crosby said. "We really weren't in the game at all. We had a lot of room to improve." They did just that. Quickly and emphatically. They began to consistently win the individual battles they had lost during the first period. To establish an effective forecheck. To launch pucks at Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who had been little more than an interested onlooker during the opening period. "The first and second periods were completely different games," Penguins left winger Chris Kunitz said. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/penguins/penguins-kunitz-crosby-mount-comeback-before-flyers-know-what-hit-them-678440/#ixzz2Mx5yWftF
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