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Saturday, 11.19.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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