Leading 2-0 after one period, Philadelphia made it 4-0 with a pair of second-period goals.
Lecavalier made it 3-0 when he scored on a breakaway after taking a stellar pass from Luke Schenn.
Couturier passed to Giroux in the slot and Giroux faked the shot before going back to Couturier, who whipped it across the ice to a wide-open Read. Read tapped home the goal past a sprawling Fleury, who was fooled by Giroux’s fake.
“It’s hard to miss those when they’re right on your stick,” Read said. “I benefited from those two making a great play.”
Mason kept Pittsburgh scoreless with a strong second period that included a point-blank stop of Jayson Megna six minutes into the period and a solid save on Simon Despres’ try from the left circle with 33 seconds left.
The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two nice goals in the first period. Hartnell opened the scoring with a power-play goal 3:50 into the game by one-timing Giroux’s pass from the slot. The shot changed directions when hitting Brooks Orpik’s stick and went off Fleury’s left shoulder and in.
A little more than four minutes later, Read scored a short-handed tally on a one-timer from close range after taking a deft pass from Couturier from behind the net and firing it over Fleury’s left shoulder.
The Flyers unveiled an 8-foot, 1,300-pound statue of Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero prior to the game on the former site of the Spectrum, which is adjacent to the Wells Fargo Center. Shero coached the Flyers for seven seasons and won a pair of Stanley Cups, in 1974 and ‘75.
Shero’s son, Ray, who is the Penguins‘ general manager, was among those who attended the pregame ceremony.
Notes: Kunitz, who has 59 points on the season, warmed up but didn’t play. Kunitz crashed into the goal post in the third period of Tuesday’s game against Washington. Bylsma was noncommittal when asked whether Kunitz would play Sunday. … G Ray Emery returned to his role backing up Mason. Emery hadn’t dressed since suffering a lower body injury Feb. 27 against San Jose. … Crosby, who leads the NHL with 88 points, entered with 75 points in 30 career games against Philadelphia. … The teams will play a rematch at 12:30 Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.