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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 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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