NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, April 11th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jeff Carter scored the game-winning goal on the power play late in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, at the Wachovia Center.
Joni Pitkanen tallied a goal and an assist, and both Simon Gagne and Brian Savage added a goal each for the Flyers, who have won two of their last three games. Robert Esche made 23 saves for Philadelphia.
The Flyers' win coupled with the Rangers' loss to the Islanders Tuesday pulled Philadelphia within three points of first place in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers still sit two points ahead of sixth-place New Jersey, which defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime on Tuesday. The Flyers travel to New Jersey on Thursday before hosting the Rangers on Saturday.
Sidney Crosby notched a goal and an assist, and both Ryan Whitney and Michel Ouellet netted a goal apiece for Pittsburgh, which has lost two straight and four of the last five games. Sebastien Caron stopped 23 shots for the Pens.
Tied 3-3 in the third period, the Flyers regained the lead with 6:32 left when Carter slid a rebound past Caron, who was prone on the ice, from below the left circle.
Pittsburgh pulled Caron with about a minute left in the contest and generated a great scoring chance with the extra attacker. John LeClair had a one-timer from the slot that seemed destined to get through Esche's five-hole, but Esche closed the wickets to keep the Pens at bay.
Philadelphia scored the first three goals of the game to take a commanding lead. Gagne netted his 45th tally of the season 4:38 into the second period after his wrister from the right circle beat Caron glove side.
The Flyers increased their lead midway through the second stanza when Savage redirected a pass with his backhand over Caron's glove for a 2-0 advantage. Philadelphia upped its lead to 3-0 at the 13:39 mark of the middle frame as Pitkanen beat Caron stick side with a slap shot from the slot.
Pittsburgh began its comeback just over a minute later while on the power play as Ouellet poked a rebound past Esche's stick side to make it 3-1. The Pens got back within a goal 1:32 into the third period after Whitney beat Esche with a wrist shot from inside the right circle.
The Penguins netted the equalizer at the 8:16 mark of the third when Crosby one-timed a loose puck into an open net from below the right circle.
Philadelphia forward Peter Forsberg missed game with a groin injury and is listed as day-to-day....The Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak at home and have won 23 of their last 27 against the Penguins in Philadelphia...Crosby has seven goals and seven assists against the Flyers this season, which is the most points a rookie has ever scored against the Flyers...The Pens will host the Rangers on Thursday...Philly is 6-2 against Pittsburgh this season...When the opposition scores the first goal, the Pens are 2-37-9 and they are 0-40-9 when trailing after two periods...Flyers defenseman Denis Gauthier served the first of his two-game suspension for a check from behind on Kyle Wellwood of the Maple Leafs.
04/11 22:14:37 ET