PENGUINS BEAT FLYERS ONCE AGAIN, 5-3
PHILADELPHIA – The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their mastery over the Philadelphia Flyers with a 5-3 win Monday night.
John LeClair scored a power-play goal 1:24 into the contest. He took a pass from Ryan Whitney in the slot and swept the puck past Antero Niittymaki. Sergei Gonchar added the other assist.
Dominic Moore made it a 2-0 lead 4:31 into the contest. Moore and Sidney Crosby worked a give-and-go as Crosby, skating down the far wing, spun around and backhanded a pass through the slot toward Moore on the near side. He kicked the puck from his skate to his stick and slipped it into the net.
Ryan Whitney scored to push the Penguins’ lead to 3-0 with 8.7 seconds left on the clock. It was his first goal in 16 games. Nils Ekman and Moore earned assists on the late goal.
The Flyers retaliated 4:58 into the second period as Simon Gagne deflected Joni Pitkanen’s long shot past Marc-Andre Fleury for a power-play goal.
Crosby got the goal back 5:37 into the second. Evgeni Malkin fed a cross-ice pass to Whitney along the near boards. He fired the puck across the ice to Crosby, who one-timed the puck into the net for a 4-1 lead on the tic-tac-toe play.
Geoff Sanderson trimmed the deficit to 4-2 when he broke loose and scored a power-play goal with 8:47 left in the period.
Gonchar tallied a power-play goal with 6:19 left in the period for a 5-2 Penguins lead. He took a Mark Recchi pass in the slot and rifled a shot past Niittymaki for the tally. Malkin added an assist on the play.
Freddy Meyer tallied a power-play goal with 2.1 seconds remaining to make it a 5-3 game.