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Flyers 5, Penguins 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 5, Penguins 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Philadelphia Flyers 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -What a difference a year makes for the Philadelphia Flyers, especially now that their special teams are clicking.

Kimmo Timonen had a goal and three assists, and the Flyers took advantage of four power plays in beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Saturday night.

"It looked like we got all the breaks we haven't gotten in previous games," said Timonen, who scored his first goal with the Flyers. "If you can do a good job on special teams every night, you're pretty close to winning the game."

Mike Knuble, Joffrey Lupul, Danny Briere, and Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers, who built a 3-0 lead in the first 26 minutes.

"We came out pretty hard," Briere said. "Guys were hitting. We took advantage of our power-play chances. We were definitely ready to play this game."

Hartnell's goal, also his first with the Flyers, was scored into an empty net. Mike Richards added three assists.

Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar scored for Pittsburgh, which dropped its third straight game. It is the Penguins' worst pointless streak since they lost three in a row last December.

The Flyers, beaten all eight times they faced Pittsburgh last season, defeated the Penguins 3-1 in their first meeting this season in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

"Last year definitely was not a good year against Pittsburgh for us," Richards said. "We did not have a win. Those were heated games, too. Even though we lost them, they were heated.

"This year, I think our division is probably one of the most heated in the league right now with New York (Rangers) and now Pittsburgh becoming one of our biggest rivals."

Philadelphia's Martin Biron stopped 29 shots. He was yanked after allowing four goals on 15 shots in less than 23 minutes of a 4-1 loss at New Jersey on Thursday. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for Pittsburgh.

Timonen was given credit for his first goal with the Flyers after his shot bounced off the right post at 1:31. Pittsburgh's Mark Eaton then inadvertently banked his clearing attempt off Fleury into his own net.

Knuble made it 2-0 at 7:51 with a rebound after Timonen hit him with a shot that bounced out to Briere, who sent the puck back to the net with Knuble swatting it in.

Lupul scored at 5:40 of the second period by deflecting in Richard's one-timer from the point.

Malkin cut Pittsburgh's deficit to 3-1 with a shot from the right circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Ryan Whitney. Malkin extended his point streak to 10 games.

Whitney isn't surprised that the Flyers have turned their game around against Pittsburgh.

"They've added a lot of character guys, some great players," Whitney said. "It's not like they're going to forget that quick."

Sidney Crosby, who had an assist on the goal to extend his career-best, point streak to 16 games, said the Penguins have to pick up their play.

"We've got to step up in some way," Crosby said. "We couldn't kill our penalties and it hurt us. We can't get down two and three goals. It makes it easier for a team to play against you."

Gonchar scored through a screen from just inside the blue line with 0.2 seconds left in the second period to get the Penguins closer, but Briere picked up a loose puck and scored at 7:54 of the third to give the Flyers breathing room.

"It's heartbreaking when you give up goals in the last minute," Biron said. "The good thing is we were in control most of the game."

Notes: Fleury played in his 150th NHL game. The Flyers played the first of four straight home games following an eight-game road trip. Briere hit the left post on a power-play attempt midway through the first period. Flyers RW Stefan Ruzicka was given a game misconduct after a second-period fight with D Darryl Sydor.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:31
PHI
PPG - Kimmo Timonen (1) ASST: Daniel Briere (12), Joffrey Lupul (9)
1 - 0 PHI
07:51
PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (5) ASST: Daniel Briere (13), Kimmo Timonen (7)
2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
05:40
PHI
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (6) ASST: Mike Richards (8), Kimmo Timonen (8)
3 - 0 PHI
08:39
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (6) ASST: Ryan Whitney (4), Sidney Crosby (16)
3 - 1 PHI
19:59
PIT
PPG - Sergei Gonchar (4) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (17), Ryan Whitney (5)
3 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
07:54
PHI
PPG - Daniel Briere (6) ASST: Mike Richards (9), Kimmo Timonen (9)
4 - 2 PHI
19:01
PHI
EN - Scott Hartnell (1) ASST: Mike Richards (10)
5 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:31
PIT
Petr Sykora  Too many men/ice - bench
06:47
PIT
Gary Roberts  Roughing against  Randy Jones
08:50
PHI
Jason Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Malone
08:50
PIT
Ryan Malone  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Smith
08:50
PHI
Daniel Briere  Hi stick - double minor against  Ryan Malone
12:23
PHI
Randy Jones  Hi-sticking against  Sidney Crosby
16:07
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Denis Tolpeko
2nd Period
02:17
PIT
Darryl Sydor  Fighting (maj) against  Stefan Ruzicka
02:17
PHI
Stefan Ruzicka  Fighting (maj) against  Darryl Sydor
02:17
PHI
Stefan Ruzicka  Game misconduct
05:34
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Denis Tolpeko
10:17
PIT
Darryl Sydor  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:03
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
19:22
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
01:55
PHI
Daniel Briere  Elbowing against  Rob Scuderi
02:44
PIT
Ryan Malone  Hooking against  Mike Richards
07:06
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Mike Richards
10:09
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Hooking against  Georges Laraque
19:01
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ryan Malone
19:01
PIT
Ryan Malone  Misconduct (10 min) against  Braydon Coburn
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 29TOI: 59:36
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 7
SV%: .862SH: 1 - 1
Martin Biron
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .935SH: 2 - 2