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Penguins End Flyers' Home Winning Streak

Wednesday, 11.16.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Penguins End Flyers\' Home Winning Streak


Philadelphia, PA – After erasing a two-goal third period lead by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers allowed a breakaway goal to rookie Sidney Crosby in overtime, losing 3-2 at the Wachovia Center.

The game looked like it would be the first one in Flyers franchise history to go into a shootout, but Crosby raced in alone on goaltender Antero Niittymaki and found daylight with just 47 seconds left to give the Penguins the victory.

"I saw it was Crosby; I was just kind of hoping he would make a move so I tried to be aggressive, but at the last second I saw he was going to shoot it and it was too late," said Niittymaki.

Niittymaki was outstanding for Philadelphia for the second start in row making 26 saves, but it was Marc-Andre Fleury who picked up the victory stopping 45 Flyers shots.


Philadelphia's nine-game home winning streak ended.

"We won a lot of close games, we won a lot of games in overtime, and like everybody says it evens out," said Ken Hitchcock. "We threw a lot of rubber at Fleury today. He made good saves."

The Penguins broke a scoreless tie on a power play early in the third period. John LeClair passed to Crosby, who then sent a pass through the slot to Ryan Malone for a redirection at 2:03.

They increased their lead to 2-0 just 56 seconds later when Crosby knocked in a bouncing puck in the crease.

Joni Pitkanen scored a pair of goals, both on the power play and both set up on passes from Peter Forsberg, to tie the game and earn the Flyers a point in the standings for forcing the extra session.

First, with LeClair in the penalty box, Pitkanen redirected a feed from the point by Forsberg at 5:10. Forsberg then found Pitkanen sneaking in from the point at 6:44 as the Flyers defenseman tallied his seventh goal of the season.

"I saw Peter had the puck and I just went hard to the net," said Pitkanen. "He got the puck to me. He is very good."

"In the last 15 minutes we played excellent," said Hitchcock. "When we went down 2-0 we really stepped it up and really played well. We did a lot of really good things."

Neither team was able to score through the first two periods. Philadelphia outshot the Penguins 11-4 in the first period and then 15-10 in the second, but the game remained scoreless.

Niittymaki made a couple of outstanding saves on Erik Christensen seven minutes into the second. Christensen cut to the net alone, but Niittymaki got his left pad on the attempt. The rebound went right back out to Christensen, but Niittymaki gloved the shot to freeze the puck.

Philadelphia's best chance in the period came midway through the second period on a loose puck in the crease in front of Fleury, but neither Jeff Carter nor Branko Radivojevic could get a handle on the puck and it was eventually cleared out of harm's way.

Niittymaki was called upon again later in the frame, when Mike Rathje misplayed a puck at the offensive blue line and Matt Murley failed to convert on a shorthanded breakaway.

There was a scary moment for the Penguins in the second period, when Derian Hatcher roughed up Crosby in the corner of the Penguins' offensive zone. Crosby was hunched over for about a minute but eventually got to his feet and made his way back to the bench without missing a shift.

Late in the second period Crosby was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after he embellished a high-stick from Hatcher, nullifying a Penguins power play. Hatcher was not penalized on either play.

The Flyers remain home to play the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday before their first of four visits to Pittsburgh on Saturday night at Mellon Arena.

FLYERS NOTES
The Flyers won the first meeting of the season between these two teams on October 14 in Philadelphia, 6-5 in overtime. Turner Stevenson returned to the Flyers lineup after missing the last 13 games due to a torn muscle in his right hip. Brian Savage was a healthy scratch to make room for Stevenson.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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