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Pens blow three-goal lead, but rally past Flyers 5-4 in shootout

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PITTSBURGH - Penguins rookie Alex Goligoski scored on his first shootout attempt after Sidney Crosby tied it late in the third period with his second goal, and Pittsburgh rallied to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 after blowing a three-goal lead Thursday night.

Simon Gagne scored twice short-handed during a four-goal second period that put the Flyers up 4-3, but the Penguins came back to win two nights after they rallied from three goals down in the third period to beat Detroit 7-6 in overtime.

Goligoski, the sixth and final Pittsburgh shooter, shifted the puck from backhand to forehand before sliding it along the goal line and past goalie Martin Biron, who made 27 saves but couldn't preserve the 4-3 lead.

Backup goalie Dany Sabourin, who replaced Marc-Andre Fleury to start the third, stopped 11 shots before turning aside all six Philadelphia shooters in the shootout.

Evgeni Malkin scored and set up Crosby's tying goal as the Penguins, winning their fifth in a row, went into overtime for the eighth time in 16 games. They are 6-2, 3-1 in shootouts.

Crosby tied it with 2:33 remaining with his sixth goal of the season and 18th in 22 career games against the Flyers. He cut toward the net from the left circle and scored when Malkin got the puck out from behind the net.

Crosby and Malkin scored on bad-angle backhanders less than three minutes apart early in the second before the Flyers surged, only to lose their eighth in a row in Pittsburgh - including three Eastern Conference finals games last spring.

Philadelphia's Jeff Carter started the comeback at 7:46 of the second. Barely a minute later, Gagne cut through Goligoski and Malkin on a short-handed breakaway and, with Malkin draped on his shoulder, put a backhander past Fleury.

Gagne tied it 3-3 slightly more than five minutes later with his 11th career short-handed goal and second of the game, and Joffrey Lupul put the Flyers up by deflecting Kimmo Timonen's shot with four seconds left in the period. Lupul hadn't scored in five games before getting his eighth goal in 14 career games against Pittsburgh.

Notes: Fleury was pulled for the first time since March 6. ... A week ago Thursday, the Penguins led Edmonton by five goals before hanging on to win 5-4. ... Philadelphia is 0-2 in shootouts. Gagne, Mike Richards, Carter, Timonen, Lupul and Scott Hartnell all failed in the shootout. ... Pittsburgh went 1-for-7 on the power play. ... Malkin has 11 goals and 15 assists in 17 games against Philadelphia. ... The Flyers trailed 2-0 in Pittsburgh on Oct. 14 before losing 3-2 on Pascal Dupuis' overtime goal. ... Penguins F Jordan Staal didn't score after getting three goals in the third period against the Red Wings. ... Theo Fleury set the NHL record with three short-handed goals in a game on March 9, 1991.

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