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Penguins lose Murray, defeat Flyers on Crosby goal in OT

Goalie helped off after collision in second period; Philadelphia drops eighth in row

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored 1:48 into overtime to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 at PPG Paints Arena on Monday.

Crosby redirected a shot from Kris Letang past goalie Brian Elliott for his fourth goal in his past three games. He said it's a play he and Letang have practiced.

 

[WATCH: All Flyers vs. Penguins highlights]

 

"Almost every day," Crosby said. "We've played together for a long time. So, I mean, he works on getting shots through, and [Patric Hornqvist] is always working on tips and screening. I'm usually trying to hang around there and get some too.

"[Letang] made a great play. A great, heads-up play. They took the front of the net away and left me open on the side. … I had a thought he might come to me."

Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray left the game with a lower-body injury at 15:39 of the second period after Philadelphia forward Jakub Voracek crashed into him at the end of a breakaway. He was helped off the ice after remaining down in his crease for a few minutes. Coach Mike Sullivan said Murray will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Video: PHI@PIT: Murray exits after collision with Voracek

The Penguins (13-10-3) have won two straight games after losing their previous three. They are 8-2-1 at home this season despite losing two of their past four at PPG Paints Arena.

Elliott made 47 saves for the Flyers (8-9-7), who have lost eight straight games (0-3-5).

"It's hard because we're playing really good hockey games," forward Travis Konecny said. "We're putting ourselves in a chance to win hockey games, and maybe we just let our guard down for a couple minutes and teams are just taking advantage of those couple of minutes that we're sitting back.

"Most hockey games, you have those couple minutes and teams don't capitalize. It just seems that against us right now it almost feels like we have to play a perfect 60 minutes to get the win. … It's going to turn for us sooner or later here."

After Michael Raffl gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead with 3:41 remaining in the third period, Jake Guentzel scored his second goal of the game to tie it 4-4 with 1:04 left.

Video: PHI@PIT: Raffl tucks home beautiful goal in front

With the Penguins trailing 3-1, Hornqvist and Bryan Rust scored 39 seconds apart in the third period to tie it 3-3. Hornqvist scored on a power play at 1:07 before Rust raced past Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, shot into Elliott, and tipped the rebound into the net at 1:46.

Philadelphia scored three goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead after Guentzel put Pittsburgh ahead 1-0 with 3:57 remaining in the first period.

Gostisbehere tied it 1-1 on a 5-on-3 power play with a one-timer from the top of the left face-off circle at 3:40. Konecny gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with 4:55 left in the period when he redirected a Brandon Manning slap shot past Murray, who made 20 saves on 22 shots.

Tristan Jarry made eight saves on 10 shots in relief of Murray.

Sean Couturier scored on the fourth shot Jarry faced to extend the Flyers lead to 3-1 with 31.5 seconds remaining.

Jarry has stopped 41 of 45 shots in consecutive wins after beginning his NHL career 0-1-2. He made 33 saves in a 5-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

"We believe he's a solid goalie," Sullivan said. "The game he played against Tampa is a perfect example of what he's capable of. That being said, if [Murray can't play], Tristan is going to have to make timely saves for us game in and game out. We believe he can do that."

 
Goal of the game

Crosby's goal 1:48 into overtime.

Video: PHI@PIT: Crosby wins it in OT off feed from Letang

 

Save of the game

Elliott gloving Crosby's snap shot with 1:10 left in the third period.

Video: PHI@PIT: Elliott flashes the leather on Crosby

 

Highlight of the game

Guentzel's second goal with 1:04 remaining in the third period.

Video: PHI@PIT: Guentzel fires one far side from the dot

 

They said it

"I'm just trying to do my best out there every day. I want to get better and better. … I think [comfort] comes with being in there every day." -- Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry

"We've got to finish one of these. There's really not much more to be said other than that. We've got to finish one of these. We're in position night after night and we were in position again tonight." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol on their eight-game losing streak

 

Need to know

Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald returned after missing 15 games with a lower-body injury. … Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin missed a fourth consecutive game with an upper-body injury sustained against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 18. He skated before Pittsburgh's morning skate.

 

What's next

Flyers: Host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Penguins: At the Buffalo Sabres on Friday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN, MSG-B, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Guentzel, Crosby lead Pens to 5-4 overtime victory

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