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Friday, 10.14.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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