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Penguins 3, Flyers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 3, Flyers 2
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) -It will be a long time before getting goals from their youngest players will get old for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal scored in the second period and Evgeni Malkin had the winner with 2:03 to play to lift the Penguins, who snapped a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia on Monday night that extended the Flyers' losing streak to six.

Crosby is 19, Staal is 18 and Malkin is 20.

"It's kind of neat I guess to think about it that way," said Staal, the No. 2 overall pick in this past summer's draft. "There's a lot of young talent in this dressing room, and hopefully we can keep that going, keep that chemistry going and keep getting those wins."

Malkin gave the Penguins the win when he one-timed a pass from Mark Recchi in the high left slot and fired a slap shot over Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki's right shoulder just under the cross bar. The Crosby picked up the assist.

"We were practicing and during practice (Recchi) got me that pass, so I felt he would get me the pass," said Malkin through an interpreter. "So I just stood ready for the pass and took the shot."

Malkin, selected No. 2 overall in the 2004 draft, has nine goals to lead all NHL rookies. Staal is tied for second in that category with six. Crosby last season became the youngest player ever to earn 100 points in a season.

"They're all really good players and so far this year, they've all been doing it for us," Pittsburgh winger Colby Armstrong said. "Those guys are all skilled. They know where to put the puck."

Randy Robitaille and Geoff Sanderson had goals for the Flyers, who lost to the Penguins for the third time this season and have worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Ex-Penguin Robitaille scored the game's first goal, his fourth, 2:14 into the second period. After a Josef Melichar giveaway at center ice, Robitaille carried the puck in on a 3-on-1. He attempted to get a pass through to a charging Simon Gagne, but it was broken up by Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar. The puck deflected off of Gonchar's stick and between the legs of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Crosby tied the game with 13:01 to play in the period when he picked up a loose puck just inside the Pittsburgh blue line and took off, getting a 2-on-1 with Chris Thorburn. Crosby kept the puck and flipped a wrist shot above Niittymaki's shoulder on the glove side.

The Penguins outshot the Flyers 31-10 through two periods but Philadelphia came out and controlled the early minutes of the third.

Sanderson tied the game 2-2 when he fired a puck into an open net to the left of Fleury with 13 1/2 minutes to play. A pass from R.J. Umberger bounced off Melichar's stick to Sanderson, who scored for the fourth time this season.

"The first two periods, I thought we were on task and then also probably the second half of the third we started to play better," Crosby said. "For the most part, I thought we did a great job. We were playing the way we needed to, using our speed."

The Penguins had not outshot an opponent during their losing streak, but held a 39-25 advantage in shots Monday. The last time the Penguins had more shots than their opposition was during a 4-2 win over New Jersey Oct. 24 - eight games ago.

"It feels like every night we're getting beat by another team's best players and right now our best players need to be our best players," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I'm having trouble understanding it to be honest with you. You have to play for 60 minutes."

The Flyers, who have lost nine of their last 11, fell to 0-10-1 when trailing after two periods and 3-12-2 overall.

Notes: Pittsburgh RW Nils Ekman missed the game with what the team said was an illness. ... Philadelphia's power play - worst in the NHL on the road at 4.4 percent coming into the game - was 0 for 5, including a two-man advantage late in the second period. The Flyers' power play ranked tied for 29th overall heading into the game. ... Pittsburgh had not beaten the Flyers three times in one season since 2000-01. ... Umberger grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:14
PHI
Randy Robitaille (4) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 PHI
06:59
PIT
Sidney Crosby (7) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
15:38
PIT
Jordan Staal (6) ASST: Michel Ouellet (7), John Leclair (5)
2 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
06:26
PHI
Geoff Sanderson (4) ASST: Mike Richards (5), R.J. Umberger (1)
2 - 2 Tie
17:57
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (9) ASST: Mark Recchi (9), Sidney Crosby (17)
3 - 2 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
01:32
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Tripping against  Mike Richards
05:28
PHI
Ryan Potulny  Slashing against  Mark Recchi
07:09
PIT
Noah Welch  Slashing against  Simon Gagne
07:38
PHI
Randy Robitaille  Hooking against  Colby Armstrong
10:40
PHI
Petr Nedved  Interference against  Sidney Crosby
15:00
PHI
Geoff Sanderson  Hooking against  Ryan Whitney
2nd Period
03:34
PHI
Triston Grant  Fighting against  Andre Roy
03:34
PIT
Andre Roy  Fighting against  Triston Grant
10:18
PHI
Mike Rathje  Hooking against  John Leclair
13:11
PHI
Randy Robitaille  Tripping against  Sergei Gonchar
17:32
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Hi-sticking against  Randy Jones
19:06
PIT
Mark Recchi  Hi-sticking against  Geoff Sanderson
3rd Period
03:40
PIT
Dominic Moore  Tripping against  Mike Knuble
18:50
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Hooking against  Dominic Moore
19:17
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Fighting against  Ryan Whitney
19:17
PHI
Freddy Meyer  Charging against  Colby Armstrong
19:17
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Instigator against  Derian Hatcher
19:17
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Fighting against  Derian Hatcher
19:17
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Instigator - Misconduct against  Derian Hatcher
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 39TOI: 59:24
Saves: 36EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 15
SV%: .923SH: 3 - 3
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 25TOI: 59:46
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .920SH: 5 - 5
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