CROSBY, GONCHAR HELP PENGUINS BEAT FLYERS FOR FIFTH TIME THIS SEASON
Sidney Crosby's six-point night guided the Penguins past the Flyers, 8-4, Wednesday night at Mellon Arena.
Crosby's career night included one goal and five assists as the Penguins (14-11-5) defeated the Flyers for the fifth-straight time this season - a Penguins franchise record.
Also, Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar had a career night with five points (2+3).
Chris Thorburn gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 4:06 into the first period. He took a drop pass from Jarkko Ruutu and wristed the puck past Antero Niittymaki from the top of the slot.
Crosby made it a 2-0 game exactly one minute later. Circling from behind the net, Crosby's pass to Mark Recchi on the near post deflected off Derian Hatcher and slid into the net. Ryan Malone and Rob Scuderi had assists.
Ryan Potulny got one back for the Flyers with a freak goal 27 seconds later. His cross-ice pass went through Fleury's legs, deflected off Brooks Orpik's skate and went into the goal.
Todd Fedoruk knotted the game at 2-all with 10:53 left in the period when he chipped in a rebound.
Sergei Gonchar gave the Penguins a 3-2 advantage with 7:10 on the clock. On the power play, he rifled a shot from the near point. The puck deflected off a Flyers defender and floated into the net. Mark Recchi and Crosby earned assists.
Jocelyn Thibault started the second period in goal after Fleury skated off with equipment issues before the second began. He played the first 5:56 before Fleury came back onto the ice.
Ryan Malone poked in a deflected puck for a power-play goal 5:56 into the second period. Crosby and Gonchar earned assists on the play.
Gonchar fired in a power-play goal with 12:43 left on the clock and a 5-2 Penguins lead. Circling around the net, Crosby fed the puck to Gonchar in the slot. All alone, he wristed it past Niittymaki. Malone added an assist.
Recchi scored 2:12 later for a 6-2 Pittsburgh advantage. Alone in the slot, his wrister once again Niittymaki. Gonchar and Crosby earned assists on the play.
Kyle Calder tallied a short-handed goal 2:20 into the third period to trim the Flyers' deficit to 6-3.
Michel Ouellet scored a power-play goal 50 seconds later. Along the far post, he took a feed from Malone and slammed it into the goal. Crosby had the other assist.
Mike Knuble scored a goal for the Flyers 1:31 later.
However, Jordan Staal iced the contest for the Penguins with seven seconds remaining. He broke free for a short-handed breakaway and used a nifty forehand to backhand move to beat Niittymaki for the highlight-reel goal.
ICE CHIPS: Ronald Petrovicky, Micki DuPont and Nils Ekman were the Penguins' scratches...Peter Forsberg, Boyd Kane, Geoff Sanderson and Freddy Meyer were the Flyers' scratches...The announced attendance was 14,150...Sidney Crosby (No. 1), Sergei Gonchar (No. 2) and Ryan Malone (No. 3) were the game's three stars.