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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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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