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