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Hart makes 31 saves, Flyers defeat Penguins in shootout

Gets first victory in eight starts; Pittsburgh winning streak ends at three

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

Giroux, Couturier score SO goals

PHI@PIT: Giroux, Couturier, Hart lift Flyers in SO

Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier net slick shootout goals in the 1st and 2nd rounds and Carter Hart denies Kris Letang, as the Flyers win 2-1

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PITTSBURGH -- Carter Hart made 31 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 shootout victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.

It was his first win in eight starts (1-5-2).

"I've been feeling good. I think, for me, just having fun," Hart said. "Tonight was huge. And to get the two points, to get the extra one in a shootout there. … It felt really good. We're all pumped."

Jakub Voracek scored for the Flyers (20-17-6), who won for the second time in six games.

Philadelphia is in sixth place in the eight-team MassMutual East Division, six points behind the fourth-place Boston Bruins. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Video: PHI@PIT: Voracek rifles tying goal home from slot

Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins (27-13-3), who won their previous three games. Tristan Jarry made 26 saves.

Pittsburgh is third in the East, three points behind the Washington Capitals and one behind the New York Islanders. It hadn't played since a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

"This is the first time we had a three-day break in I can't remember how long," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "Our coaching staff was a little concerned about that. We think in the big picture, it's good for our team to give our guys an opportunity to recover."

Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier scored in the shootout for Philadelphia. After Jake Guentzel scored for Pittsburgh in the first round, Hart made saves against Crosby and Kris Letang.

Hart made five saves in overtime. The Flyers' only shot of overtime came on a power play that began with 1:57 remaining after Crosby was called for tripping Couturier.

"Carter made some big saves," Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault said. "In overtime, we were not the better team. They had the better looks. Carter kept us in, gave us a chance. Gave us a chance in the shootout."

Voracek tied it 1-1 with a wrist shot through the five-hole from the slot at 1:24 of the third period. It was his eighth goal this season and third in six games following a nine-game drought.

Evan Rodrigues had a chance to put the Penguins back in front on a one-timer from just outside the crease, but Hart extended to his right for a blocker save at 12:46.

Video: PHI@PIT: Crosby follows Letang rush to open scoring

Crosby gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 5:04 of the second period. After the puck slipped away from Letang as he was battling Shayne Gostisbehere, Hart missed on a poke-check, and Crosby shot through the five-hole.

Crosby had given his stick to Brian Dumoulin in the Penguins zone. When Letang took the puck the other way, Crosby rushed to the bench for a new stick before skating in behind Letang for his 17th goal.

"We have a great crew," Letang said. "Obviously, sometimes if the goalie has an equipment problem or a player breaks his stick, we have a crew that's fast-acting guys. On that play, they were quick to figure out that Sid lost his stick and they did a good job giving him one for the goal."

The Flyers nearly tied it later in the second. After Jarry fell and pinned a shot from Travis Konecny against the left post at 14:54, each of the five Penguins skaters converged on the crease. The puck slipped out, and Couturier tapped it to Justin Braun, but Cody Ceci blocked Braun's shot from the right hash marks.

Jeff Carter was minus-1 with two shots on goal in 17:54 in his Pittsburgh debut. The forward was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

"I think in the first period, I felt like I was kind of standing still, thinking about the system and trying to figure out where I was supposed to go," said Carter, who was the center on the second line with Jason Zucker and Jared McCann. "The second period, I just started to play hockey. … It's something to build on, for sure."

NOTES: Flyers forward Nolan Patrick left the game at 3:14 of the third period after taking a puck to the face off the stick of teammate Philippe Myers. Vigneault said Patrick told him after the game that he was fine. … Philadelphia forward Wade Allison was minus-1 with four shots on goal in 11:13 in his NHL debut. ... Crosby's goal was his 46th in 75 games against the Flyers, moving past Mike Gartner for the third-most goals scored against Philadelphia, behind Mario Lemieux (51 goals in 71 games) and Jaromir Jagr (47 in 101 games).

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