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Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

Knuble scores two goals to reach 200 mark, Flyers double up Penguins

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PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Knuble and the Philadelphia Flyers are enjoying playing hockey again.

Knuble scored twice and the Flyers won their fourth straight game with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Philadelphia is 12-1-3 in its last 16 games and has secured 27 of a possible 32 points to move into second place in the Atlantic Division behind the New York Rangers.

"It's fun to come in and pick up the paper and see us climbing in the standings," Knuble said. "It's two points that they can't have and two more that we were able to get."

Joffrey Lupul, Mike Richards, Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter also scored, and Kimmo Timonen added a career-high four assists, as the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak at home in regulation to nine games (7-0-2).

"It was a chance to make a statement game at home and keep the momentum going," Knuble said.

Jordan Staal, Eric Godard and Ruslan Fedotenko scored for the Penguins, who have lost four of their last five and fallen to third in the Atlantic standings.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby questioned the Penguins' desire after the game.

"We obviously wanted a better effort," he said. "It's a big game in the standings. These are always intense games. We should always be ready for these games."

Philadelphia goaltender Martin Biron stopped 23 shots to improve to 11-6-4.

Lupul said that he is "definitely" surprised that the Flyers have been able to climb so quickly out of the hole they dug with an 0-6 start to the season.

"We didn't expect to put this kind of a run together, but then again we didn't think that we deserved to start the season the way we did," he said.

Dany Sabourin made 21 saves for Pittsburgh. He was playing for Marc-Andre Fleury, who has missed 13 games with a groin injury.

"The biggest thing in the last 15 games is that we are playing as a team," Timonen said. "We're forechecking well, getting back, and everybody is working hard."

Penguins coach Michel Therrien said his team lacked energy.

"We were not good in every department," he said. "The energy was not there and a lot of times when the energy is not there, the concentration is not there."

Lupul and Knuble scored on power plays to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead after the first period.

Staal poked a backhander over Biron's shoulder to bring the Penguins within 2-1 at 7:08 of the second period. It was his 10th goal.

The Flyers then scored twice in 2:29.

Richards, who also had two assists, extended his point scoring streak to seven games (6 goals, 6 assists) with his 12th goal on a wrist shot from the crease at 10:09.

Hartnell fought off a Pittsburgh defender to poke in a shot from the slot for his 10th goal at 12:38.

Knuble scored his 200th NHL goal and 12th of the season on a deflection with 2:56 left in the period. It was the 24th two-goal game of his career.

Godard scored his first goal in 99 games dating back to Oct. 13, 2007, at Nashville at 11:06 of the third period.

Evgeni Malkin, who leads the NHL in scoring (12 goals, 37 assists), had an assist on the play to extend his point scoring streak to six games (2 goals, 8 assists).

Carter, who is second in the NHL in scoring, deflected Lupul's shot into the net at 15:50 for his 21st goal.

Fedotenko, who also had an assist, scored on a power play with 1:35 left.

Notes

  • Philadelphia D Matthew Carle returned after missing five games with a back/rib injury and had two assists.
  • Pittsburgh D Kristopher Letang played in his 100th NHL game.
  • The Penguins had allowed only one goal in their previous 13 penalty-kills before the Flyers scored two in the first period and a total of four in the game.
  • The Flyers scored their three goals in the second period on only six shots.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • The Penguins defeated the Flyers in their two previous games this season, 5-4 in a shootout, and 3-2 in overtime.
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Scoring twice on the power play, Mike Knuble snaps an eight-game goal drought. (AP)
Scoring twice on the power play, Mike Knuble snaps an eight-game goal drought. (AP)
Scoreboard
Pittsburgh (16-10-4)0123
Philadelphia  (16-7-6) «2316
Three Stars
K. Timonen
PHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 4
M. Richards
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Knuble
PHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:49Power Play - Joffrey Lupul (9), Wrap Shot. Assist: Timonen, Carter
11:41Power Play - Mike Knuble (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Richards, Timonen
2ND PERIOD
07:08Jordan Staal (10), Tip-In. Assist: Goligoski, Fedotenko
10:09Mike Richards (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Carle
12:38Scott Hartnell (10), Tip-In. Assist: Carle, Carter
17:04Power Play - Mike Knuble (12), Tip-In. Assist: Richards, Timonen
3RD PERIOD
11:06Eric Godard (1), Tip-In. Assist: Sykora, Malkin
15:50Power Play - Jeff Carter (21), Snap Shot. Assist: Lupul, Timonen
18:25Power Play - Ruslan Fedotenko (8), Snap Shot. Assist: Sykora, Taffe
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
33.0Malkin, 2 min, Holding
02:21Lupul, 2 min, Hooking
04:31Cooke, 2 min, Holding the Stick
07:43Hartnell, 2 min, Slashing
10:11Boucher, 2 min, Hooking
13:46Asham, 2 min, Slashing
14:20Fedotenko, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
15:48Dupuis, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
07:34Cooke, 2 min, Roughing
07:34Richards, 2 min, Roughing
14:07Godard, 2 min, Roughing
14:07Hartnell, 5 min, Fighting
14:07Godard, 5 min, Fighting
16:31Coburn, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Pittsburgh612826
Philadelphia136827
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dany Sabourin60:00216
Martin Biron60:00233
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Pittsburgh1-for-4
Philadelphia4-for-6
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Referees - Marc Joannette, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Jean Morin
 
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