The Stat Line of the Night – 12/15/09 – Jordan Staal
It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers do not like each other. The two inner-state rivals have met in the playoffs each of the past two years and it has been the Pens coming out on top both times. The Flyers were looking to exact some revenge last night in Pittsburgh, but they would fail to get the job done, thanks in large part to the stellar performance of Jordan Staal.
The Flyers’ new bench boss, Peter Laviolette, is still looking for a statement game to make his mark on the new club, and last night was the perfect opportunity. After his team went down 2-0 early in the first period, things were not looking good, but a goal by Dan Carcillo changed that. With the Flyers back to within a goal, it looked like their fortunes may be changing, but Stall put an end to that.
Only minutes after the Flyers first goal, they were back on the power-play, looking to even things up, but Stall quickly spoiled those plans, burying a short-handed marker for his ninth goal of the season. He would add another late in the second to put the Pens up 4-1.
The Pittsburgh would eventually win the game by a score of 6-1, but it was Staal’s goals during the crucial moments that would seal the victory, and help him earn “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, December 15, 2009.
With another victory against the Flyers, the Penguins are clearly asserting themselves as the most dominant team in the state of Pennsylvania. Their next target will be the New Jersey Devils as they look to regain their Atlantic Division supremacy.