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Penguins defeat Flyers, regain first place in Metropolitan

Crosby reaches 1,100 NHL points, helps hand Philadelphia fourth straight loss

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 5-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

"There's a lot of hockey still to be played," Penguins forward Sidney Crosby said. "… It'll be tight all the way to the end but it was good to get two points tonight, big divisional game. We'll have more the rest of the season here."

Crosby had three assists to reach 1,100 NHL points for Pittsburgh (39-25-4), which won its third straight game and moved one point ahead of the Washington Capitals. Conor Sheary scored two goals, and Evgeni Malkin and Jamie Oleksiak each had a goal and an assist. Phil Kessel scored, and Tristan Jarry made 26 saves.


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Jakub Voracek and Travis Konecny scored for Philadelphia (34-22-11), which lost its fourth straight game (0-3-1). Petr Mrazek made 23 saves.

The Flyers are third in the division, two points behind the Capitals and three points behind the Penguins.

Sheary's goals were his first in 16 games and were part of a three-goal burst in the second period that gave the Penguins a 4-2 lead.

Video: PIT@PHI: Crosby gets 1,100th point on Sheary's goal

After Oleksiak scored on a shot from the point at 9:24 to make it 2-2, Sheary made it 3-2, scoring on the rebound of a Crosby shot off a 2-on-1 rush at 14:25.

He extended the lead to 4-2 at 19:20 when banged in the rebound of a Jake Guentzel shot.

Both goals came close to the net, a spot Sheary knows he needs to get to in order to be successful.

"If you look at all the goals throughout my career you're not going to find many where I'm dangling a defenseman or even beating a goalie with a nice shot," Sheary said. "A lot of times I'll find those loose pucks in front of the net. I had to get back to that and I found a couple tonight.

"It's a hard area to go to but I think I was getting away from that a little bit and I think I got back to that a little bit tonight."

Video: PIT@PHI: Voracek scores on serendipitous bounce

Sheary started the game on the fourth line but finished on the top line alongside Crosby and Guentzel.

"[Sheary] works so hard, he goes to tough areas," Crosby said. "Doesn't always come to you there but he continues to go there. Great example on the two goals he had. He works hard and it was great to see him get rewarded tonight."

After Kessel gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal with 1:25 remaining in the first period, the Flyers took a 2-1 lead on goals by Voracek (2:07) and Konecny (5:59) of the second period.

But the Flyers weren't able to maintain the momentum.

"I think they just took advantage of the opportunities they got," Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald said. "Odd-man rush and they got pucks to the net. Our coverage was a little bit soft on a few occasions in the second and they took advantage and they capitalized."

Video: PIT@PHI: Konecny lifts puck over Jarry's pad

The Flyers had opportunities to come back but went 0-for-5 on the power play, including one in the third period when Malkin was called for tripping at 11:03. They're 1-for-19 on the power play the past six games.

"Power play was [poor] tonight and it's frustrating," Flyers forward Claude Giroux said. "We did a good job of drawing those penalties and gaining momentum and it wasn't good."

Malkin scored into an empty net with 1:41 left in the third for a 5-2 lead.


Goal of the game

Sheary's goal at 14:25 of the second period.

Video: PIT@PHI: Sheary crashes net, stashes home rebound


Save of the game

Jarry's save on Scott Laughton at 3:34 of the third period.

Video: PIT@PHI: Jarry stops Laughton on the doorstep


Highlight of the game

Kessel's goal with 1:25 remaining in the first period.

Video: PIT@PHI: Malkin feeds Kessel down low for PPG


They said it

"It's a nice number, that's how you look at it, it's great to get it. As far as the game though it's nice to get it in a win." -- Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, on reaching 1,100 points in the NHL


"No time to dwell on it. We've got to play Boston tomorrow night. We'll take a flight up there tonight and get right back at it." -- Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds


Need to know

Penguins forward Bryan Rust left in the first period because of an upper-body injury, and forward Dominik Simon left during the second because of a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan said he hoped to have more information Thursday. … Kessel played his 900th NHL game. His goal gave him seven points (two goals, five assists) during a four-game point streak. … Oleksiak's goal was upheld after a review for goaltender interference. … Crosby had his 96th three-point game, most of any player in the NHL since 2005-06. … Simmonds returned after missing seven games with an upper-body injury. He had three shots on goal and was minus-4 in 19:26.


What's next

Penguins: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN, CITY, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the Boston Bruins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, NESN, NBCSP+, NHL.TV)


Video: Crosby, Sheary lead Penguins to 5-2 victory

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