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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 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 64 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 63 18 42 2 60
W. Simmonds 64 25 18 -2 43
M. Streit 64 9 32 -5 41
B. Schenn 64 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 64 13 16 2 29
M. Del Zotto 52 8 17 -6 25
M. Read 64 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 49 14 5 6 19
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 8 .924 2.27
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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