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Pascal Dupuis wins it in overtime as Penguins beat Flyers 3-2

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PITTSBURGH - Pascal Dupuis scored on a slap shot from along the edge of the left circle at 4:49 of overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins kept the Philadelphia Flyers winless, giving up a two-goal lead in less than a minute before winning 3-2 Tuesday night.

Dupuis, skating along the boards, took Brooks Orpik's pass, hesitated for a moment as he debated whether to pass to a trailing Sidney Crosby, then let go of a hard shot that beat goalie Antero Niittymaki to the glove side.

The Flyers, despite getting goals from Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne in the final minute of the second period, have dropped their first three games for the first time since the labour dispute-shortened 1995 season.

The Penguins didn't get a goal from former NHL MVP and scoring champion Crosby for the fourth consecutive game, yet avoided their first three-game losing streak since they lost four in a row last November.

Orpik and faceoff specialist Mike Zigomanis also scored for the Penguins, who lost 2-1 to the Devils in overtime on Saturday night on a Zach Parise goal that was similar to Dupuis' game-winner.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for Pittsburgh, giving him 75 in two games.

After 35 minutes without any scoring, the Flyers and Penguins each got two goals in less than a minute to make it 2-2 in their first matchup since Pittsburgh's 6-0 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals last spring.

The surprise was who scored for Pittsburgh - neither Crosby nor Evgeni Malkin, but infrequent scorers Orpik and Zigomanis. The Penguins had scored only two goals combined in their previous two games.

Tyler Kennedy's faceoff win set up Kris Letang's pass to Orpik at the left point and the defenceman's first career power-play goal in 301 games, and only his fifth career goal. Orpik is playing the point because of injuries to defencemen Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney.

After Orpik scored at 14:12, Zigomanis got his first goal since Oct. 30, 2007, when he was with Phoenix, by putting checking line teammate Matt Cooke's pass from behind the net past Niittymaki from the lower right circle at 14:54. With the Rangers playing on successive nights, Niittymaki made his first start this season and had 25 saves.

Fleury, coming off a 47-save game against the Devils, kept Philadelphia scoreless until a 21-second span later in the period.

Carter was attempting to pass across the crease when the puck was deflected, apparently by defenceman Hal Gill, past Fleury for Carter's second. Gagne scored his third at 19:37 by redirecting Kimmo Timonen's shot from above the circles, after Daniel Briere won a faceoff with Crosby.

Notes: Philadelphia hasn't scored in the first period yet this season. ... Despite playing only three games, Philadelphia (0-2-1) already trails the Atlantic Division-leading Rangers by nine points. ... The Flyers, second in the league on the power play last season, went 0-for-6 and are 2-for-19 in three games. ... Malkin hit the right post twice in the second period.

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