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Friday, 10.14.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Heralded rookie Sidney Crosby is doing everything the Pittsburgh Penguins hoped he would, except getting them their first win.

Already among the league leaders in points, Crosby will try to help the Penguins snap a season-opening four-game winless streak when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers.

Crosby has at least one point in each of his first four games, including an assist in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss at Buffalo. The 18-year-old center, expected to be the league's next elite player, was ranked fifth in the league in points through Wednesday.

However, neither he nor 40-year-old teammate Mario Lemieux has been able to lift the Penguins to victory. Pittsburgh has lost once in regulation, twice in overtime and once in a shootout.

"The bottom line is, we've got to find a way to win a game," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. "The lack of wins hasn''t been from effort or work; maybe it's just a matter of working a little smarter."

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Pittsburgh. After taking on the Flyers, the Penguins meet defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay at home Saturday, followed by New Jersey at home and Boston on the road next week.

"I think the urgency and the desperation have gone up," Olczyk said. "We've gotten points in three straight games and we've had opportunities, now we need the consistency aspect. In order to win in this league, you've got to play 60 minutes, and I have the utmost confidence we'll do that."

This isn't the longest winless stretch of Crosby's pro career. His Rimouski Oceanic junior team went seven consecutive games without winning last season.

"But we won 35 in a row after that," he said optimistically.

The Flyers have just one win in three games due mainly to their specialty teams. Entering Wednesday, Philadelphia ranked last in the league on the power play and 27th in penalty killing.

Former Flyer Eric Lindros scored to help Toronto to a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers, who scored short-handed but went 0-for-4 on the power play, dropping them to 1-for-19 on the young season.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 12): Penguins - 3 points, 3rd place, 1 PB, Atlantic Division. Flyers - 2 points, 4th place (tied), 2 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Penguins - Zigmund Palffy, 3 goals; Crosby, 5 assists; Mark Recchi and Crosby, 6 points; Dick Tarnstrom, 8 PIM. Flyers - Gagne, 4 goals; Peter Forsberg, 5 assists; Gagne and Forsberg, 5 points; Knuble and Jon Sim, 6 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 12): Penguins - Power play: 16.1 percent (5 for 31), 16th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.2 percent (23 for 27), 14th. Flyers - Power play: 5.3 percent (1 for 19), 30th. Penalty killing: 73.7 percent (14 for 19), 27th.

GOALTENDERS: Penguins - Sebastien Caron (0-0-2, 4.29 GAA); Marc-Andre Fleury (0-0-1, 2.77). Flyers - Robert Esche (0-2-0, 4.58); Antero Niittymaki (1-0-0, 2.00).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 2-1-3.

LAST MEETING: March 14, 2004; Tied, 3-3. At Pittsburgh, Gagne scored off a Pittsburgh turnover early in the third period as Philadelphia rallied for a tie.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Penguins - 0-1-0 on the road; Flyers - 1-1-0 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 52 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 52 8 34 -3 42
W. Simmonds 52 19 16 -7 35
B. Schenn 50 14 15 -2 29
S. Gostisbehere 34 9 19 3 28
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 50 4 9 -10 13
M. Raffl 52 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 14 7 .915 2.70
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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