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Penguins 5, Flyers 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 5, Flyers 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Philadelphia Flyers 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Sidney Crosby got just the break the Pittsburgh Penguins needed to end their road woes.

Crosby scored his second goal of the game with Flyers goalie Martin Biron nowhere near the net, helping the Penguins beat Philadelphia 5-4 Saturday for their first road win in nearly six weeks.

"It was really a good break," Crosby said. "You can't really blame the goalie."

Try selling that to the largest regular-season crowd in Flyers history (19,992).

Biron's trouble started when he drifted out toward the hash marks of the right circle to stop Pascal Dupuis' breakaway. He sprawled out on all fours and failed to secure the puck, then tried to dump it behind him toward a teammate.

Dupuis snagged the puck and sent it toward the empty net where Crosby was there for the gift goal, his 23rd, with 2:15 left in the game.

Biron, who had 22 saves, said his reaction was simply to get rid of the puck.

"I made a bad play and it ends up in the net," he said. "Looking back, you say, 'Just get it to the corner. Get it to the boards. Even let it stay alive and let the guys recover,' but I just kind of got anxious and got rid of it.

"It ends up losing the game."

The Penguins will gladly take it. They had dropped all five road games since their last win away from Pittsburgh, on Jan. 13, also against the Flyers.

Crosby had two assists and the first of three Pittsburgh goals in the second period that made it 3-1. Then he delivered the big blow with one of his easiest goals of the season.

"When I saw (Biron) get rid of it, I went to the net, thinking Dupes was going to get to it first," Crosby said. "So I knew he was going to throw it right at the net, but Biron was out far. I just tried to redirect it."

The Penguins took a needed step toward solving their road slump as they chase the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh plays seven of its next nine on the road and won for the second time in its last 11 road games.

"I think we're trying to set the pace a little bit more," Crosby said.

The Flyers rallied to tie the game twice in the third period, but couldn't overcome Biron's gaffe.

Mike Richards scored a short-handed goal for the third straight game and Braydon Coburn's third-period goal tied it at 3. Mike Knuble's 24th goal with 5:35 left evened it at 4.

Richards became the first player to score short-handed goals in three straight games since Colorado's Joe Sakic in 1998, according to the Flyers.

"He does that time and time again, and with the game on the line," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

The Penguins squandered a two-goal lead in the third period for the second straight game and rebounded to win both of them.

Evgeni Malkin scored his 27th goal and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored two goals for the Penguins, who improved to 2-1 under new coach Dan Bylsma.

"I think it says a lot about our group right now," said Bylsma, who replaced Michel Therrien last Sunday. "It's a tough go and a difficult situation. They've been attentive and hardworking, and tonight they were committed to doing it for 60 minutes."

Crosby, Malkin and Fedotenko scored in the second to give Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all nine shots in the period and had settled down after allowing Joffrey Lupul's first-period goal.

Richards, though, helped chip away at the two-goal deficit by doing what few others in the league can do as well as he can: score short-handed goals.

Richards picked off a pass at the point and took off on the breakaway to beat Fleury and score his NHL-high seventh short-handed goal. The Flyers captain scored on a 5-on-3 disadvantage against the New York Rangers and scored against Buffalo with the Flyers a man down.

"He anticipates as well as anyone in the game," Stevens said.

Fedotenko, who had the assist on the winning goal against Montreal, put the Penguins ahead 4-3 midway through the third, taking a red line pass from Crosby before beating Biron from the slot.

Knuble tied it again with his 21st of the season off a nice touch pass from Richards.

Notes: Philadelphia's previous attendance mark was 19,957 against New Jersey last season. ... The Flyers still have not allowed a short-handed goal. The Flyers have never gone an entire season without allowing a short-handed goal. ... Flyers C Danny Briere (groin) hopes to return next week. ... Richards has 200 career points. ... Crosby recorded his 250th career assist.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:31
PHI
Joffrey Lupul (17) Backhand shot - ASST: Scott Hartnell (22), Jeff Carter (26)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
00:21
PIT
Sidney Crosby (22) Snap shot - ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (13), Evgeni Malkin (59)
1 - 1 Tie
07:14
PIT
PPG - Evgeni Malkin (27) Deflected shot - ASST: Petr Sykora (20), Sergei Gonchar (2)
2 - 1 PIT
12:09
PIT
Ruslan Fedotenko (12) Snap shot - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (8), Sidney Crosby (54)
3 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
03:07
PHI
SHG - Mike Richards (23) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 PIT
06:37
PHI
Braydon Coburn (7) Slapshot - ASST: Matthew Carle (12), Mike Richards (36)
3 - 3 Tie
09:50
PIT
Ruslan Fedotenko (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (55), Pascal Dupuis (9)
4 - 3 PIT
14:25
PHI
Mike Knuble (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Richards (37), Simon Gagne (31)
4 - 4 Tie
17:15
PIT
Sidney Crosby (23) Deflected shot - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (10)
5 - 4 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
01:09
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Cross checking against  Sergei Gonchar
01:20
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Roughing against  Evgeni Malkin
02:27
PIT
Jordan Staal  Tripping against  Mike Richards
11:48
PHI
Riley Cote  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Godard
11:48
PIT
Eric Godard  Fighting (maj) against  Riley Cote
2nd Period
05:44
PHI
Jeff Carter  Cross checking against  Tyler Kennedy
14:19
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Scott Hartnell
14:19
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Hooking against  Scott Hartnell
3rd Period
02:14
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Tripping against  Sidney Crosby
09:57
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Hooking against  Scott Hartnell
15:11
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Slashing against  Sergei Gonchar
15:11
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Roughing against  Scottie Upshall
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .852SH: 0 - 1
Martin Biron
SA: 27TOI: 58:52
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .815SH: 0 - 0