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Voracek stars for Flyers

21 February 2013 08:39

Czech right winger Jakub Voracek has scored his first NHL hat-trick to help the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers' Voracek scored his third goal with one minute and 31 seconds remaining at Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center to wrap up the victory, the sixth goal in an action-packed final period.

Pittsburgh jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening eight minutes before Philadelphia fought back to be level at the end of the first period.

Voracek put the Flyers 3-2 ahead with just 10 seconds remaining in the second period and then scored again 18 seconds after the break to give his team a two-goal cushion.

The Penguins were the next to score, followed just two minutes later by the visitors before the home side struck twice in five minutes to make it 5-5.

But with overtime looming, Voracek collected the puck behind the goal, flicked it towards Pittsburgh's Tomas Vokoun and it bounced off the Penguins' goaltender and into the net to clinch victory for the Flyers.

Wednesday's win drags Philadelphia level with third-placed New York Rangers on 17 points in the Atlantic Division, five behind leaders New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh.

Reigning Stanley Cup champions the Los Angeles Kings continued their quest to get off the bottom of the Pacific Division with a 3-1 triumph away to the Calgary Flames.

Dustin Brown, Trevor Lewis and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings as they claimed a second-consecutive victory, while in Colorado, the Avalanche needed an overtime goal from David Jones to knock off the St Louis Blues 1-0.

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