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game recap

Penguins pummel Flyers 6-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Penguins pummel Flyers 6-1
Philadelphia Flyers 1, Pittsburgh Penguins 6

The Pittsburgh Penguins had no trouble handling Philadelphia's rugged style of play. The Flyers had no answers for the Penguins' offense.

Pittsburgh got two goals by Jordan Staal and rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday night in the opener of a home-and-home series. The Penguins will try to complete the sweep on Thursday at the WachoviaCenter.

Sidney Crosby scored an infrequent Penguins power-play goal 3:30 into the game before things got nasty, featuring a flurry of three fights in 16 seconds. He also set up Bill Guerin's goal about 2 1/2 minutes later, immediately after the first round of pushing, shoving and punching.

Crosby had a three-point night and now has 21 goals and 28 assists in 28 career games against Philadelphia, which managed to fill up the penalty box but not the scoreboard.

"In juniors I've seen that -- back-to-back-to-back [fights] like that -- but not up here," Crosby said. "It was pretty exciting for both teams. It lived up to the rivalry, that game."

The Flyers, 3-1 winners in Boston on Monday night, set the tone with their aggressive style, but couldn't match the Penguins' offense as Pittsburgh won its third in a row and ninth in 12 games.

The fights actually appeared to energize the Penguins.

"Those guys did a great job in those fights and got us going," Staal said. "It's real easy to get up for these games, it's an exciting match every time we play. It's a battle, and I think it's something everyone enjoys."

The Flyers aren't enjoying much these days, They've lost 11 of 14 and are 2-5 -0under new coach Peter Laviolette. They have not lost a home-and-home series against Pittsburgh in 17 years -- something they will try to avoid doing on Thursday.

"When you're not working, you're going to look like that," Laviolette said. "We were on our heels, we're not on our toes, last night [in Boston] we were on our toes. We won the battles, won the races to loose pucks and open areas and tonight we did not."

Flyers captain Mike Richards said something else is missing on a team that's now 15-16-1.

"We're not playing with enough heart right now to win," Richards said.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for the Penguins, who are now 28-0-0 under coach Dan Bylsma when scoring four or more goals.

Crosby opened the scoring when Sergei Gonchar's shot deflected off Ruslan Fedotenko and came to him in the lower right circle. Guerin made it 2-0 at 6:09 by firing Crosby's rebound past Brian Boucher.

Dan Carcillo scored on a power play at 11:46 to make it 2-1, but Staal put the Penguins ahead 3-1 at 14:51 of the second with his second shorthanded goal of the season and 10th of his career. Staal also scored with 15 seconds left in the second period, his 10th. Fedotenko and Evgeni Malkin had third-period goals to complete the rout.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
03:30
PIT
PPG - Sidney Crosby (21) ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (7), Sergei Gonchar (14)
1 - 0 PIT
06:09
PIT
Bill Guerin (8) ASST: Sidney Crosby (19), Brooks Orpik (12)
2 - 0 PIT
11:46
PHI
PPG - Daniel Carcillo (3) ASST: Mike Richards (13), Matthew Carle (16)
2 - 1 PIT
14:51
PIT
SHG - Jordan Staal (9) ASST: Matt Cooke (8), Brooks Orpik (13)
3 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
19:45
PIT
Jordan Staal (10) ASST: Kris Letang (10), Sidney Crosby (20)
4 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
12:17
PIT
Ruslan Fedotenko (6) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (23), Eric Godard (2)
5 - 1 PIT
18:39
PIT
SHG - Evgeni Malkin (10) ASST: Jay McKee (6)
6 - 1 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
02:12
PHI
Matthew Carle  Hooking against  Ruslan Fedotenko
05:17
PIT
Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
05:17
PHI
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
05:23
PHI
Riley Cote  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Godard
05:23
PIT
Eric Godard  Fighting (maj) against  Riley Cote
05:33
PIT
Craig Adams  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
05:33
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Adams
11:37
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Tripping against  Ryan Parent
14:15
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Holding against  Arron Asham
2nd Period
01:34
PIT
Ruslan Fedotenko  Interference against  Oskars Bartulis
09:59
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Holding against  Evgeni Malkin
17:41
PIT
Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Ryan Parent
3rd Period
00:51
PIT
Ruslan Fedotenko  Boarding against  Daniel Carcillo
04:30
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Holding the stick against  Kris Letang
13:06
PHI
Daniel Briere  Hooking against  Evgeni Malkin
16:43
PIT
Eric Godard  Roughing against  Daniel Carcillo
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .829SH: 0 - 2
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .963SH: 2 - 2