Penguins defeat the Flyers

08 March 2018 09:17:08 EST
Phil Kessel was on the scoresheet for the Penguins.

Conor Sheary scored twice for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday as the defending Stanley Cup champions went into Philadelphia and defeated the Flyers 5-2 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Phil Kessel, Jamie Oleksiak and Evgeni Malkin were also on target for the Penguins, 15/1 to win the Stanley Cup, who moved past the Washington Capitals into first place in the Metropolitan Division with the triumph.

Pittsburgh have so far won all three games between the Pennsylvania rivals this campaign and will play once more in the regular season before a possible match up in the postseason should they end up second and third in the Division.

Winners of three in a row, the Penguins move on to play the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday before heading home to entertain the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Pittsburgh have played two more games than the Capitals who are in LA to face the Kings at the Staples Center. Washington arrive in town after being blanked by the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 earlier in the week and conclude their road swing in San Jose at the SAP Center over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Flyers, 22/1 to win the Stanley Cup, have seen their momentum grind to a halt after losing four in a row and now head to the TD Garden in Boston on Thursday for a match up against the Bruins. Home games with the Winnipeg Jets, Vegas Golden Knights and the Columbus Blue Jackets follow as Philadelphia continue to battle for an automatic postseason place while keeping a wary eye on the New Jersey Devils who sit just three points adrift in the standings.

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