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Flyers 7, Penguins 4

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:43 AM

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -Finally beating the team that regularly torments them is enough to convince the Philadelphia Flyers they're beginning to turn around a season that's been a disappointment to date.

James van Riemsdyk and Jeff Carter scored two goals each, Matt Carle had a goal and two assists, and the Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time in four games this season, winning 7-4 on Thursday night.

Chris Pronger added a goal and an assist as the Flyers took leads of 2-0 and 5-2 during their second victory in as many nights and their sixth in eight games. The seven goals were a Flyers' season high and gave them 13 in two nights, as they were coming off a 6-2 win over Toronto on Wednesday.

"They are one of top teams in NHL and we've had our struggles with them," said Arron Asham, who set up both of van Riemsdyk's goals. "Coming in here and stealing two points was huge. It's a stepping stone for us and we've been playing some great hockey the last couple of weeks. We want to keep it going."

The Penguins don't. They won the first three games of the season series and 10 of 13 against the Flyers - and that didn't count last season's Eastern Conference playoff series victory. Pittsburgh had eliminated Philadelphia in the playoffs the last two seasons, and the Flyers came in an unusually low 10th in the conference standings.

"If you look at the last few times we played them, it's not much of a rivalry," said Carle, referring to the Penguins' back-to-back wins on Dec. 15-17. "It's nice to come in here and get a big win."

Sidney Crosby scored twice for the Penguins, his 25th and 26th goals, but the Penguins gave up too many odd-man rushes and weren't strong enough in net to win. They lost their seventh in nine games and now begin a five-game road trip that winds up with a three-game western Canada swing.

"We hurt ourselves with mistakes, mistakes we can't expect to get away with it," Crosby said. "With seven goals, they capitalized a lot. ... It's not a lack of effort, but it's not something we can accept."

The Flyers chased slumping goalie Marc-Andre Fleury less than 2 minutes into the second period when Pronger scored from just inside the blue line, putting them up 4-2. Fleury angrily threw his stick down the runway that leads to the dressing room as he left the ice and was replaced by Brent Johnson, who gave up van Riemsdyk's second goal of the game 74 seconds later to make it 5-2.

"They didn't miss their opportunities," Penguins forward Bill Guerin said. "It's tough to play from behind in this league."

Fleury allowed four goals on 15 shots while losing his fifth in a row, with Carter and Carle scoring as Philadelphia converted both of its power plays. The Flyers are 5 for 8 with the man advantage in their last two games.

Flyers goalie Michael Leighton made 35 saves to beat Pittsburgh for the first time in four career starts.

Crosby, held to two goals in his previous nine games, scored midway through the second to get the Penguins back within two goals, but Carter later got his 16th of the season and second of the game to restore Philadelphia's three-goal lead at 6-3.

The Penguins' NHL-worst power play went 0 for 3. The Penguins have 27 goals on a league-high 187 power plays (14.4 percent).

Evgeni Malkin, last season's NHL scoring champion, was held without a goal for the seventh consecutive game although he had two assists. He had five goals and seven assists in his previous eight games against the Flyers.

NOTES: Penguins D Sergei Gonchar (foot) sat out a fourth consecutive game and F Ruslan Fedotenko didn't play because of an undisclosed injury. ... Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo, hospitalized last weekend during a Florida road trip, watched from the press box. ... Carter also scored twice against the Penguins on Oct. 8. He has five goals against them this season. ... Mike Richards added an empty net goal, his 19th tally, with 32 seconds remaining. He has at least one point in six of seven games. ... Carle hadn't scored since Oct. 31 against Carolina. ... Van Riemsdyk had been held to two goals in 23 games before scoring against Toronto.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:39
PHI
PPG - Jeff Carter (15) Snap shot - ASST: Matthew Carle (18), Kimmo Timonen (20)
1 - 0 PHI
07:10
PHI
James van Riemsdyk (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Arron Asham (7), Darroll Powe (1)
2 - 0 PHI
08:25
PIT
Sidney Crosby (25) Wrist shot - ASST: Kris Letang (12), Brooks Orpik (15)
2 - 1 PHI
16:51
PHI
PPG - Matthew Carle (3) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Pronger (24), Daniel Brière (12)
3 - 1 PHI
19:04
PIT
Matt Cooke (8) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 PHI
2nd Period
01:42
PHI
Chris Pronger (6) Slapshot - ASST: Matthew Carle (19), Mike Richards (18)
4 - 2 PHI
02:56
PHI
James van Riemsdyk (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Arron Asham (8), Oskars Bartulis (6)
5 - 2 PHI
10:32
PIT
Sidney Crosby (26) Wrist shot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (27), Luca Caputi (1)
5 - 3 PHI
3rd Period
09:26
PHI
Jeff Carter (16) Snap shot - ASST: Daniel Brière (13)
6 - 3 PHI
12:08
PIT
Mike Rupp (11) Snap shot - ASST: Maxime Talbot (4), Evgeni Malkin (28)
6 - 4 PHI
19:28
PHI
EN - Mike Richards (19) Backhand shot - ASST: Darroll Powe (2), Simon Gagne (10)
7 - 4 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
04:31
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Tripping against  Sidney Crosby
04:49
PIT
Luca Caputi  Interference against  Matthew Carle
15:01
PIT
Eric Godard  Hi-sticking against  Matthew Carle
2nd Period
11:22
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Cross checking against  Kris Letang
11:22
PIT
Kris Letang  Slashing against  Scott Hartnell
15:34
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Hi-sticking against  Evgeni Malkin
3rd Period
03:28
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Holding against  Mike Rupp
goalie stats
Michael Leighton
Michael Leighton
7-4-1
SA: 39TOI: 59:46
Saves: 35EV: 31 - 35
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Brent Johnson
SA: 15TOI: 37:17
Saves: 13EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .867SH: 2 - 2
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 15TOI: 21:42
Saves: 11EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0