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Flyers 2, Penguins 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:21 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 2, Penguins 1
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Robert Esche put a groin strain behind him in a hurry Saturday.

Playing his first game in more than a month, the U.S. Olympic goalie made 32 saves to help the Philadelphia Flyers snap a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"My style is I'm not a guy who needs a whole lot of games," Esche said. "When I was a backup, I played one game a month or two games a month. You have to be ready. That's kind of how I always approached it. I learned to adjust to that."

Esche (12-4-2) made several challenging saves, stopping Sidney Crosby in the slot with the man-advantage toward the end of the first period and Sergei Gonchar on a wrist shot from his left with 4 minutes to play in the second.

"He was outstanding," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He gave us a chance to win and it was good stuff."

Rookies R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter scored power-play goals for Philadelphia.

"We were a good team tonight (5-on-5)," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said.

Pittsburgh has lost nine straight and 10 of its last 11.

"We played a strong game," Crosby said. "We're all competing and battling for each other. We're just not getting too many breaks, but for us, we just have to continue to do this. We have to stay with it. Every guy is battling in here and that's huge. Everyone is going the same way and eventually it's going to turn around."

Umberger, a Pittsburgh-area native, gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead when he scored his eighth of the season on a shot from close range on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Petr Nedved - playing his first game since being acquired from Phoenix on Friday - and Sami Kapanen assisted on the goal at 5:51 of the first period.

"It was a great feeling just to do that, to get my team out in front and hear people cheer for me in my hometown," Umberger said. "It was a feeling I can't explain."

Carter made it 2-0 with 5:56 left in the third, beating Fleury on a 5-on-3 power play for his 12th goal of the season. The Penguins have allowed multiple power-play goals in six of their last nine games.

Colby Armstrong scored for Pittsburgh with 3:49 to play. It was the fourth goal for the rookie, who redirected Gonchar's pass from the left corner behind Esche.

The Penguins outshot an opponent for only the 15th time this season and fell to 5-8-2 in such circumstances. Pittsburgh had 33 shots to the Flyers' 26.

Flyers had lost five of their last six coming into the game. Pittsburgh hasn't earned a point in a game since a 6-4 win at Montreal Jan. 3.

Notes: Fleury's mask was fitted with a small camera for the NBC regional telecast. ... Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg, tied for eighth in the NHL with 60 points, missed his second consecutive game with an abdominal muscle injury. ... Flyers defenseman Kim Johnson was scratched because of concussion-like symptoms.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:51
PHI
PPG - R.J. Umberger (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Petr Nedved (10), Sami Kapanen (15)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
14:04
PHI
PPG - Jeff Carter (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Freddy Meyer (5), Simon Gagne (25)
2 - 0 PHI
16:11
PIT
Colby Armstrong (4) Tip-in - ASST: Sergei Gonchar (17), Tomas Surovy (8)
2 - 1 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
04:11
PIT
Dick Tarnstrom  Hooking against  Mike Knuble
07:40
PHI
Jon Sim  Hooking against  Konstantin Koltsov
11:16
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Diving against  Mark Recchi
11:16
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Holding against  Mark Recchi
11:16
PIT
Mark Recchi  Cross checking against  Derian Hatcher
11:42
PHI
Mike Richards  Tripping against  Sergei Gonchar
2nd Period
02:00
PHI
Turner Stevenson  Fighting (maj) against  Dick Tarnstrom
02:00
PIT
Eric Cairns  Fighting (maj) against  Turner Stevenson
03:27
PIT
Maxime Talbot  Hooking against  Mike Knuble
07:53
PHI
Mike Knuble  Cross checking against  Brooks Orpik
18:05
PHI
Mike Richards  Hooking
3rd Period
07:14
PHI
Jon Sim  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
08:19
PIT
Mark Recchi  Hooking against  Simon Gagne
09:20
PIT
Tomas Surovy  Slashing against  Freddy Meyer
12:59
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Holding against  Simon Gagne
13:30
PIT
Guillaume Lefebvre  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:43
PHI
Freddy Meyer  Fighting (maj) against  Maxime Talbot
14:43
PIT
Maxime Talbot  Fighting (maj) against  Freddy Meyer
goalie stats
Robert Esche
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .970SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 26TOI: 58:39
Saves: 24EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
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