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Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin help Penguins top Flyers

Each scores two goals to lift Pittsburgh to third straight win

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Evgeni Malkin scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, to help the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Sidney Crosby also had two goals for the Penguins (6-2-1), who got their first road win of the season and have won three straight. Matt Cullen scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves.

Jakub Voracek had two goals for the Flyers (3-5-1), who have lost two straight. Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored, and goaltender Michal Neuvirth made 12 saves in relief of starter Steve Mason.

Malkin scored the winner at 8:33 of the third period. It was his 300th NHL goal.

"It feels good," Malkin said. "It's a good number. Against [Philadelphia], it's a big rivalry, very important we win tonight. Three hundred on my goal, to get us two points, is very important."

Malkin's first goal of the game put the Penguins ahead 4-2 at 9:38 of the second period, but the Flyers tied it with goals 2:12 apart later in the period.

Giroux scored a power-play goal at 13:16 to make it 4-3, and then Voracek tied it 4-4 when he scored on a penalty shot at 15:28 after being pulled down by Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin on a breakaway.

"We didn't make very many mistakes in the second two periods," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "Fifty-plus minutes where you'd say it's a blueprint of how you want our team to play. … We don't have to change anything. We have to tighten up a couple of things. Tonight, it wasn't enough. Sometimes that's the way the game is. There's no solace in it, but also there's no discouragement either."

The Penguins got three goals in 55 seconds late in the first period to take the lead. Crosby scored from the bottom of the left circle with a shot over Mason's right shoulder at 15:44 to cut the Flyers' lead to 2-1. After a penalty on Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov, Crosby scored on a one-timer from between the hash marks at 16:27 to tie it 2-2, and then Cullen scored on a wraparound at 16:39 for the 3-2 Penguins lead.

Video: PIT@PHI: Pens score three in 55 seconds to take lead

Crosby has four goals in three games. He missed Pittsburgh's first six games because of a concussion.

"Still can do better executing I think," Crosby said. "That's going to come with time and playing games. The more games I play, the better that I'll feel, and it'll come a little easier."

Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Voracek and Simmonds. The Flyers had scored one first-period goal in their first eight games. When Voracek scored at 9:48, it was the first time since the season opener against the Los Angeles Kings they scored the first goal of a game.

 

Goal of the game

Malkin was at the end of his shift and said he was tired, but he got a lucky bounce off the rebound of Olli Maatta's point shot for the game-winner.

Video: PIT@PHI: Malkin nets 300th career goal for lead

 

Save of the game

Moments after the Flyers scored to get within 4-3, Simmonds had an open look on his backhand, but Fleury dove across to get his right shoulder on shot at 13:33 of the second period.

 

Unsung moment of the game

Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning stole the puck from Penguins forward Scott Wilson in the Philadelphia zone and flipped a pass to Voracek for the breakaway that led to Voracek's penalty-shot goal.

Video: PIT@PHI: Voracek dangles past Fleury on penalty shot

 

Highlight of the game

Gudas made three plays from his knees to keep a puck in the Penguins zone leading to Giroux's power-play goal. He slid into the wall at the right point to make one hold, used his glove to smack the puck into the zone, and when Maatta tried skating it out, he knocked the puck off his stick.

Video: PIT@PHI: Giroux hammers a one-timer for PPG

 

They said it

"The result we're happy with. I still think we're not where we want to be yet. … Our overall assessment of ourselves is we know we need to be better." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

 

"I thought we played great tonight. Tonight was a good game. We competed for a full 60 (minutes). There were some funny bounces in the game, but that's the effort that we want to see." -- Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds

Video: PIT@PHI: Simmonds taps one in to double the lead

 

Need to know

The Flyers had not scored a penalty-shot goal since Matt Read against the Florida Panthers on Nov. 13, 2011. … Dating to last season, Crosby has scored at least one goal in six straight games. He also has scored at least one goal in his first three games of a season for the second time (2014-15). … Voracek had an NHL single-game career-high nine shots on goal.

 

What's next

Penguins: At the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-W, ROOT, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; FS-CR, TCN-PH, NHL.TV)

Video: Pens' offense shines in 5-4 win over the Flyers

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