Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

Staal scores two as Penguins rout Flyers in feisty matchup

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PITTSBURGH -- After losing to Pittsburgh in each of the past two Eastern Conference playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers reconfigured their lineup to make an already rugged team more physical and better capable of taking out the Penguins. So far, it's not working.

Jordan Staal scored twice and Sidney Crosby's goal and assist early in the first period amid a succession of fights lifted the Penguins to a 6-1 victory against the Flyers on Tuesday in a feisty renewal of an intensifying rivalry.

Crosby scored an infrequent Penguins power-play goal 3:30 in -- before a flurry of three fights in 16 seconds -- and set up Bill Guerin's goal about 2½ minutes later, immediately after the first round of pushing, shoving and punching. Crosby had a three-point night and now has 21 goals and 28 assists in 28 career games against Philadelphia.

The Flyers managed to fill up the penalty box, but it was Pittsburgh that filled the net.

The cross-state rivals hadn't played since the Penguins accused the Flyers' Scott Hartnell of biting defenseman Kris Letang's finger during Pittsburgh's 5-4 victory in Philadelphia on Oct. 8, and they picked up the rivalry as if that game had been played last week. There were fights between Arron Asham and Mike Rupp, Riley Cote and Eric Godard, and Daniel Carcillo and Craig Adams in the first 5:33.

The game settled down a bit after that, but there appeared to be considerable on-ice jawing and agitating. Not that it was any surprise.

"In juniors I've seen that -- back to back to back [fights] like that -- but not up here," Crosby said. "It was pretty exciting for both teams. It lived up to the rivalry, that game."

The Flyers, 3-1 winners in Boston on Monday night, set the tone with their aggressive style, but couldn't match the Penguins' scoring. And the surprise was the Penguins were as eager to fight as Philadelphia.

"Those guys did a great job in those fights and got us going," Staal said. "It's real easy to get up for these games, it's an exciting match every time we play. It's a battle and I think it's something everyone enjoys."

The Flyers have lost 11 of 14 and are 2-5 under new coach Peter Laviolette. They have not lost a home-and-home series against Pittsburgh in 17 years -- something they will try to avoid doing when the teams meet Thursday in Philadelphia.

"When you're not working, you're going to look like that," Laviolette said. "We were on our heels, we're not on our toes, last night [in Boston] we were on our toes. We won the battles, won the races to loose pucks and open areas and tonight we did not."

Flyers captain Mike Richards said something else is missing with a team that is a disappointing 15-16-1.

"We're not playing with enough heart right now to win," Richards said.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for the Penguins, who won their third in a row and ninth in 12 games.

Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for Pittsburgh and indirectly set up Crosby's goal 3:30 into the game as Sergei Gonchar's slap shot deflected off Fedotenko to Crosby in the lower right circle. Guerin scored at 6:09 by putting in a rebound of Crosby's hard wrist shot from the right circle as goalie Brian Boucher failed to cover the puck.

Carcillo scored on a power play about five minutes later, but Staal put the Penguins ahead 3-1 at 14:51 of the second with his second short-handed goal of the season and 10th of his career. Staal also scored with 15 seconds left in the second period, his 10th. Evgeni Malkin added a late goal and had an assist.

Notes

  • Carcillo's apparent goal early in the third was waved off when replays showed him turning his skate to steer the puck into the net.
  • Penguins F Maxime Talbot, who scored both goals in the 2-1 victory against Detroit in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, was a healthy scratch. The Penguins have 13 healthy forwards.
  • The Penguins were 1 for 15 with the man advantage and were next to last in the NHL in power-play efficiency before Crosby scored. Pittsburgh was 1 for 4 on the power play, Philadelphia was 1 for 6.
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Eric Godard and Riley Cote brawling is one of three fighting majors in the first period. (AP)
Eric Godard and Riley Cote brawling is one of three fighting majors in the first period. (AP)
Scoreboard
Philadelphia (15-16-1)1001
Pittsburgh  (23-10-1) «3126
Three Stars
S. Crosby
PIT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
J. Staal
PIT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
B. Orpik
PIT


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:30Power Play - Sidney Crosby (21), Snap Shot. Assist: Fedotenko, Gonchar
06:09Bill Guerin (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Crosby, Orpik
11:46Power Play - Daniel Carcillo (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Richards, Carle
14:51Short - Jordan Staal (9), Snap Shot. Assist: Cooke, Orpik
2ND PERIOD
19:45Jordan Staal (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Letang, Crosby
3RD PERIOD
12:17Ruslan Fedotenko (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Malkin, Godard
18:39Short - Evgeni Malkin (10), Snap Shot. Assist: McKee
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:12Carle, 2 min, Hooking
05:17Rupp, 5 min, Fighting
05:17Asham, 5 min, Fighting
05:23Godard, 5 min, Fighting
05:23Cote, 5 min, Fighting
05:33Adams, 5 min, Fighting
05:33Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
11:37Malkin, 2 min, Tripping
14:15Malkin, 2 min, Holding
2ND PERIOD
01:34Fedotenko, 2 min, Interference
09:59Timonen, 2 min, Holding
17:41Rupp, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
51.0Fedotenko, 2 min, Boarding
04:30Hartnell, 2 min, Holding the Stick
13:06Briere, 2 min, Hooking
16:43Godard, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Philadelphia99927
Pittsburgh9161035
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Brian Boucher60:00296
Marc-Andre Fleury60:00261
Game Information
Attendance - 17086
Referees - Tim Peel, Francois St-Laurent
Linesmen - Greg Devorski, Jonny Murray
 
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