Flyers thump Pens, 7-2 | Pro Hockey News

PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers played they were playing for, well, jobs really, on Monday night.

Jason Zucker #16 of the Pittsburgh Penguins chases the loose puck against a diving Goalie Alex Lyon #34 of the Philadelphia Flyers

Eliminated from playoff contention last week, Claude Giroux struck for two goals for the Flyers an dhad three points in a 7-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I just don’t think we were on our game,” Pens head coach Mike Sullivan said. “I don’t think we were skating, I don’t think we were playing the game that we’ve played here for a long time that’s brought us success.”

Alex Lyon made 35 saves to get the win.

“For the last little while here, I’ve just tried to say, let’s try and get comfortable at the NHL level, and I think tonight was just a really positive step forward in terms of that progress,” Lyon said.

Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker were the Penguins’ goal scorers.

“We got those power plays there and had some momentum from them,” Zucker said. “It’s unfortunate we weren’t able to keep that up and we gave them another goal, and that put us in an even tougher spot.”

There was a Kevin Hayes  sighting for the Flyers, he scored for a 1-0 lead with his first goal in 17 games.

“When you get that first goal, it feels like it kind of energizes the team, the bench a bit, and it takes a lot less energy, or at least it feels that way, to play the right way when you have a little bit of a lead like that, versus trying to chase down games, which is what we’ve kind of gotten in the habit of doing way too much this year,” the Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk said. “Definitely nice to kind of start like that and keep going from there.”

Shayne Gostisbehere, Giroux Travis Konecny, and Wade Allison pushed the advantage to 4-0.

“He (Lyon) really gave us a chance,” Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said. “What we did tonight was make the other team pay for their early mistakes, and Alex made some big saves. They had some real good looks, and no doubt that he was a big part of tonight’s win.”

Joel Farabee and Robert Hagg  scored in the third period.

Giroux’s second goal was an empty-netter.Casey DeSmith got the start for the Pens, but was given the hook in the second intermission after yielding four goals and making 33 saves.

Tristan Jarry made five saves in the third period, in relief.

Joel Farabee #86 of the Philadelphia Flyers scores against Tristan Jarry #35 of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Linesman Libor Suchanek (#60) keeps apart Phillippe Myers #5 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Alex Lyon #34 of the Philadelphia Flyers, Jake Guentzel #59 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Justin Braun #61 of the Philadelphia Flyers

Casey DeSmith #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a blocker save

Shayne Gostisbehere #53 of the Philadelphia Flyers lays out in front of his Goalie Alex Lyon #34 to shot a shot by Jeff Carter #77 of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Jared McCann #19 of the Pittsburgh Penguins

A shot by Shayne Gostisbehere #53 of the Philadelphia Flyers scores against Casey DeSmith #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period.

Goalie Casey DeSmith #1 and Marcus Pettersson #28 of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers Travis Konecny #11 and Sean Couturier #14

Kevin Hayes #13 of the Philadelphia Flyers

Jason Zucker #16 of the Pittsburgh Penguins chases the loose puck against diving Goalie Alex Lyon #34 of the Philadelphia Flyers

James van Riemsdyk #25 of the Philadelphia Flyers fends off Pittsburgh Penguins Cody Ceci #4 as he screens Goalie Casey DeSmith #1

Goalie Alex Lyon #34 of the Philadelphia Flyers makes a diving save

Jason Zucker #16 of the Pittsburgh Penguins chases the loose puck against a diving Goalie Alex Lyon #34 of the Philadelphia Flyers

Goalie Alex Lyon #34 of the Philadelphia Flyers stops the puck shot by Jake Guentzel #59 of the Pittsburgh Penguins