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Flyers 3, Penguins 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:13 AM

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -One game, and the Philadelphia Flyers already have a better season series record against the Pittsburgh Penguins than they did last season.

Joffrey Lupul and Jeff Carter scored on two of Philadelphia's first three shots and the Flyers beat the Penguins 3-1 on Wednesday night, their first victory in two seasons against their division rival.

The Flyers went 0-8 against the Penguins last season, the first time in club history they have lost that many games in a season to a single opponent. They hadn't won in Pittsburgh in five games since Jan. 21, 2006, or against the Penguins in any venue since April 11, 2006.

"With so many new faces, we didn't think it would be the same," defenseman Jason Smith said. "There weren't a a lot of guys who were here last year, but we wanted to put that behind us. It's a new season and a fresh start."

Mike Richards also scored for the Flyers, who had dropped four of six and were coming off a 2-0 loss to the Rangers on Monday night. The Flyers averaged two goals in their previous six games, only to get that many in slightly more than 5 1/2 minutes against Dany Sabourin, who didn't look comfortable on either shot.

Penguins coach Michel Therrien stayed with Sabourin after he shut out the Devils 5-0 on Monday night, even though Marc-Andre Fleury was 8-0 against the Flyers last season and 10-3 with a 2.74 goals-against average in 14 career appearances.

So much for going with the hot goalie.

The Flyers needed 28 seconds to take the lead as Daniel Briere, shifted from the top line to the third line during practice Tuesday, found Lupul open in the slot for a hard wrist shot. Lasse Kukkonen was in front of the net and may have screened Sabourin on Lupul's fifth goal.

"We got off to a good start, that's something we talked about," Briere said. "We haven't gotten off to good starts."

Briere and Lupul weren't with Philadelphia last season, but were aware of the streak.

"It's a rivalry where you want to make a statement early in these games," Lupul said. "We've got them seven more times and we've got to build on it."

Sabourin also was slow to react on Carter's seventh goal, after the Flyers took the puck from Sergei Gonchar with some strong forechecking by Scottie Upshall and Scott Hartnell. Upshall fed in front to Carter, and he beat Sabourin easily high to the glove side with about 5 1/2 minutes gone.

"The message before the game was we have to make our team aware of Pittsburgh, but we have to play our game," coach John Stevens said. "We have to believe in ourselves and show everybody we're a hockey team."

The Penguins, who scored five goals or more five times against the Flyers last season, got back into the game when Ryan Malone scored in the final minute of the period. Evgeni Malkin collided with Kimmo Timonen while carrying the puck into the neutral zone and lost control, but Sidney Crosby scooped it up on the fly and found Malone open at the edge of the net.

A season ago, Crosby had seven goals and nine assists against the Flyers. This night, all three Flyers goals came against Pittsburgh's top line of Crosby, Malkin and Ryan Malone.

"We hit a couple of posts, we had our opportunities but it's hard to fall behind like that and get back into it," Crosby said.

Richards restored the Flyers' two-goal lead when he and Smith teamed on a 2-on-1 break midway through the second period. Defenseman Alain Nasreddine stayed back and tried to read the play only to have Richards snap off a shot that Sabourin couldn't defend.

The Penguins were 0-7 on the power play as Martin Biron made 26 saves in improving to 8-4. Pittsburgh had scored at least one power play goal in each of its first 14 games.

"Eighty-two games, you can't score a power play goal in every game," Petr Sykora said. "We've got to start a new streak."

Notes: Both teams play their fifth game in eight nights on Thursday, the Penguins against the Rangers and the Flyers against New Jersey. ... Plane problems forced the Penguins to cancel their postgame flight to New York. They will fly there Thursday morning, an infrequent day-of-the-game flight. ... The Flyers are 7-0 when they score first. ... The Penguins lost their fifth in seven games. ... Philadelphia was held to three shots in the third period and 20 overall. ... Flyers D R.J. Umberger, a Pittsburgh native who assisted on the first goal, was cut on the face during a second-period fight with Brooks Orpik but later returned.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:28
PHI
Joffrey Lupul (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (11), R.J. Umberger (6)
1 - 0 PHI
05:33
PHI
Jeff Carter (7) Snap shot - ASST: Scott Hartnell (3), Scottie Upshall (1)
2 - 0 PHI
19:23
PIT
Ryan Malone (4) Tip-in - ASST: Sidney Crosby (14), Evgeni Malkin (15)
2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
08:46
PHI
Mike Richards (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Smith (1), Braydon Coburn (5)
3 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
06:27
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Holding against  Evgeni Malkin
06:27
PHI
Jason Smith  Roughing against  Brooks Orpik
06:27
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Roughing against  Jason Smith
13:32
PHI
Joffrey Lupul  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
2nd Period
00:40
PHI
R.J. Umberger  Fighting (maj) against  Brooks Orpik
00:40
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Fighting (maj) against  R.J. Umberger
11:13
PIT
Rob Scuderi  Interference against  Scottie Upshall
11:57
PHI
Mike Knuble  Interference against  Sergei Gonchar
15:12
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
17:53
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Tripping against  Daniel Briere
3rd Period
07:14
PHI
Mike Knuble  Slashing against  Darryl Sydor
10:05
PHI
Daniel Briere  Holding against  Maxime Talbot
11:40
PIT
Mark Recchi  Boarding against  Randy Jones
18:33
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Tripping against  Sidney Crosby
goalie stats
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0
Dany Sabourin
SA: 20TOI: 58:26
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .850SH: 1 - 1