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Saturday, 11.19.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Not only has Sidney Crosby revived the Pittsburgh Penguins, he also has added some juice to their intrastate rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The two teams meet for the second time in four days, this time at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.

Crosby netted the game-winning goal in overtime Wednesday, beating backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki on a breakaway with 46.7 seconds to play to lift the Penguins to a 3-2 victory.

The celebrated 18-year-old rookie scored a pair of goals and assisted on a third, but also took a couple of slashes from Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher.

The first one chipped three of his teeth and the second left a welt on his neck. No penalties were called on Hatcher, and Crosby was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for complaining.

The war of words started Thursday, when Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock told The Philadelphia Inquirer he did not notice Crosby on the ice and implied the rookie was diving to embellish hits.

Penguins coach Ed Olczyk said Friday, "That's a lack of respect. Not only to me, but to our team. I expect more from Hitch when it comes to that stuff, saying he didn''t notice a player on the ice.

"I know players have made comments about other players, and that's an accepted part of the game ... but when coaches start talking, that's a lack of respect for the players."

Crosby, who had dental work to repair the chipped teeth, has three goals and two assists in two games against the Flyers. And he seems excited to get another chance to play them.

"It seems like there's something there," Crosby said Thursday. "I guess it makes it more exciting for the fans because there's a lot more buildup. And as players, you have to be prepared for an intense game."

The Flyers have lost a season-high three consecutive games following a 6-5 overtime defeat Friday to the Atlanta Thrashers. Philadelphia scored four goals on four shots in a 4:24 span of the second period but were done in by a game-tying goal by Patrik Stefan with seven seconds to play in regulation before losing 3:05 into overtime on a goal by Greg de Vries

Philadelphia has not lost four in a row since January 8-13, 2004.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 18): Flyers - 25 points, 1st place (tied), Atlantic Division. Penguins - 18 points, 5th place, 7 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Simon Gagne, 18 goals; Peter Forsberg, 28 assists and 34 points; Joni Pitkanen, 38 PIM. Penguins - Crosby, 9 goals, 15 assists and 24 points; Brooks Orpik, 38 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 18): Flyers - Power play: 22 percent (28 for 127), 4th in NHL. Penalty killing: 75 percent (93 for 124), 30th. Penguins - Power play: 17.5 percent (24 for 137), 18th. Penalty killing: 76.8 percent (106 for 138), 29th.

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (8-3-1, 0 SO, 3.08 GAA); Niittymaki (3-1-1, 0, 3.71). Penguins - Jocelyn Thibault (1-4-2, 0, 4.44); Sebastien Caron (4-3-3, 0, 3.68).

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 16; Penguins, 3-2, OT. At Philadelphia, Ryan Malone sprung Crosby with a breakout pass in the overtime, and the rookie beat Niittymaki low to the goaltender's right for the winning goal.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 2-3-1 on the road; Penguins - 2-4-3 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
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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