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Pittsburgh
Penguins
47-24-11
Philadelphia
Flyers
22-48-12

39 SOG
18 SOG
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PIT
PHI
game recap

Penguins 5, Flyers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 5, Flyers 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Philadelphia Flyers 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Not even slowing down Sidney Crosby could help Philadelphia.

Crosby had enough help from Evgeni Malkin and rest of the Penguins to keep them perfect against the worst team in the league.

Malkin scored twice, Jordan Staal got the go-ahead goal in the third period and Pittsburgh beat the Flyers 5-3 on Saturday for its sixth victory this season against its cross-state rival.

"I don't know. Part of it is just confidence," Staal said. "Once you get a couple going on them, you're more confident playing a team like that. I can't really say why we beat them every time."

At least this one was close, with the Flyers rallying from a two-goal deficit to tie the score, unlike some of the previous meetings. The Penguins have twice scored eight goals against the NHL-worst Flyers, and shut them out in the season opener.

"We try to make a stand against a team and they still found a way to win the game and we found a way to lose it," Flyers right wing Mike Knuble said. "We've got to make some sort of progress. We've got to win one of those for once."

Philadelphia held Crosby to one assist and got a goal from Peter Forsberg, but it still wasn't enough. With an Eagles playoff game only hours away, the surprisingly strong crowd got more enjoyment out of shouting "E-A-G-L-E-S!" for several stretches in this one. And why not? After all, the Flyers gave them little reason to cheer.

"We don't take that step forward," Knuble said. "All of us are struggling to find a reason why."

The Flyers showed a spark when Simon Gagne and Forsberg scored 1:24 apart in the second period to tie the score at 3. But Staal slipped one by Antero Niittymaki midway through the third for his 13th goal of the season, helping the Penguins snap a three-game losing streak.

Malkin had an assist on that one.

"I just jumped in. It was a picture-perfect pass," Staal said. "I just had to tap it in."

Maybe it's the kind of play the two can use in the NHL YoungStars game during All-Star weekend. Staal and Ryan Whitney also were selected from the Penguins to represent the Eastern Conference.

Sergei Gonchar and Mark Recchi also scored for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury was solid in goal with 15 saves.

Ryan Potulny scored his fourth goal for the Flyers, who lost their sixth straight. They have won only three games at home this season. The NBA's 76ers have just five wins at home, making for a dark winter inside the Wachovia Center.

Niittymaki made 34 saves and lost his 13th straight decision (0-12-1).

Potulny gave the Flyers an early 1-0 lead. But Gonchar tied it with a one-time slap shot from the slot and Malkin knocked in a rebound for his 21st goal and a 2-1 lead late in the first.

The rout appeared on again after Recchi made it 3-1 with a wrister from the right circle over Niittymaki's shoulder. Crosby had the assist on that one, giving him seven goals and nine assists against the Flyers this season.

"There's nothing special we do against them," Malkin said. "Maybe they're not having a good year. That's one of the reasons."

No maybe about it. No team in the league is within 10 points of the Flyers' league-worst 26 points.

Gagne tied it with his 21st goal and Forsberg redirected a shot for a power-play goal with 1:18 left in the second period that made it 3-all, but that couldn't keep the Flyers from dropping their eighth straight home game.

"It was one of our best home games, but I guess that doesn't say a whole lot, does it?" Forsberg said.

Malkin added an empty-netter in the final minute.

Notes: Flyers LW Ben Eager received a game misconduct in the first period. ... Gagne was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:37
PHI
Ryan Potulny (4) ASST: Jeff Carter (10), Randy Jones (10)
1 - 0 PHI
07:26
PIT
Sergei Gonchar (7) ASST: Jarkko Ruutu (5)
1 - 1 Tie
14:48
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (21) ASST: Michel Ouellet (12)
2 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
15:16
PIT
PPG - Mark Recchi (11) ASST: Sidney Crosby (45), Ryan Whitney (20)
3 - 1 PIT
17:04
PHI
Simon Gagne (21) ASST: Peter Forsberg (18), Mike Knuble (12)
3 - 2 PIT
18:28
PHI
PPG - Peter Forsberg (8) ASST: Alexei Zhitnik (13), Joni Pitkanen (22)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
07:34
PIT
Jordan Staal (13) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (22), Michel Ouellet (13)
4 - 3 PIT
19:28
PIT
EN - Evgeni Malkin (22) ASST: Michel Ouellet (14), Jordan Staal (4)
5 - 3 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:52
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Hi-sticking against  Sidney Crosby
10:17
PHI
Ben Eager  Instigator against  Chris Thorburn
10:17
PHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
10:17
PHI
Ben Eager  Game misconduct against  Chris Thorburn
10:17
PIT
Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
15:35
PIT
Erik Christensen  Holding against  Ryan Potulny
19:13
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Tripping against  Mike Knuble
19:51
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Hooking against  Colby Armstrong
2nd Period
06:55
PIT
Dominic Moore  Roughing against  Randy Jones
06:55
PHI
Randy Jones  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
13:50
PHI
Jeff Carter  Roughing against  Colby Armstrong
18:06
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Roughing against  Jordan Staal
18:06
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Ryan Potulny
18:06
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Roughing against  Dimitri Afanasenkov
18:51
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Hooking against  Ryan Malone
19:58
PHI
Alexei Zhitnik  Roughing against  Sidney Crosby
19:58
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Roughing against  Alexei Zhitnik
19:58
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Roughing against  Alexei Zhitnik
3rd Period
04:40
PHI
Ryan Potulny  Hi-sticking against  Jarkko Ruutu
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 18TOI: 59:46
Saves: 15EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .833SH: 2 - 2
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 38TOI: 59:36
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .895SH: 0 - 0