PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Sidney Crosby scored his second goal of the
game on a breakaway with 46.7 seconds left in overtime, leading the
Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers
on Wednesday night.
Joni Pitkanen scored two power-play goals for Philadelphia,
which had won nine straight at home.
Crosby took a long, breakout pass from Malone near center ice,
skated in alone and beat Antero Niittymaki to win it.
Pitkanen scored his goals 1:34 apart to tie it after the
Penguins had scored twice in a 56-second span early in the third.
Pitkanen took a crisp pass from NHL assists-leader Peter
Forsberg and one-timed a shot just inside the post to tie it 2-2 at
6:44 of the third.
He slipped a shot between Fleury's legs to cut the deficit to
Malone gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 2:03
into the third. He got a pass from Crosby and slapped a shot past
Niittymaki. Crosby stuffed one in during a scramble in front of the
net to make it 2-0.
The Penguins played without owner-captain Mario Lemieux, who had
a stomach virus and didn't make the trip.
Niittymaki, making just his fifth start this season, stoned Erik
Christensen on consecutive shots midway through the second during a
Penguins' power-play. He made another excellent save on a
short-handed breakaway by Matt Murley late in the second, and kept
it tied at 2 with an outstanding stick save on a shot by John
LeClair in the third.
RW Turner Stevenson, who had hip surgery on Oct. 18,
returned for the Flyers. He had been expected to miss up to 12
weeks. ... C Keith Primeau and D Eric Desjardins remained sidelined
for Philadelphia with concussions. ... The Penguins won for just
the second time in their last nine games at the Wachovia Center and
are 18-81-8 in Philadelphia overall. ... Penguins D Sergei Gonchar
sat out his second straight game with a strained groin. ...
Pittsburgh has allowed an NHL-worst 83 goals this season.