NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
(Friday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Pittsburgh 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Peter Forsberg scored two goals, including the equalizer late in the third period, and added an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-4, at Mellon Arena.
Simon Gagne and Dennis Seidenberg both tallied a goal and an assist and Antero Niittymaki made 22 saves for the Flyers, who have won two straight games and three of their last four. Mike Knuble added his 19th goal of the season -- the game-winner with 3:24 left to play -- for Philadelphia.
Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist and Erik Christensen tallied a goal and a helper for Pittsburgh, which has lost five straight and 11 of its last 12 games. Tomas Surovy added a goal and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots for the Penguins.
Trailing 3-2 entering the third period, Crosby netted the game-tying and go- ahead goals 44 seconds apart early in the frame to give the Pens a 4-3 lead.
First, Crosby took a pass from Zigmund Palffy and beat Niittymaki 1:43 into the period for his 15th tally of the season. He gave the Pens their first lead of the game after he beat Niittymaki glove-side with a backhand from inside the right circle.
"We made a couple of mistakes," Crosby said. "I think we were carrying the play very much the last two periods, made it really tough on them. If you give guys clear shots like that, anything can happen. Unfortunately for us, the puck went in."
Undaunted, Philadelphia netted the equalizer with 4:33 left after Forsberg beat Fleury with a slap shot from the right circle to make it 4-4.
The Flyers regained the lead less than a minute later after Knuble beat Fleury with a slap shot from the right side.
"We're learning lessons everyday," Knuble said. "A two-game trend going with building big leads and then letting them slide away. It's just timely that we've been able to step up to the plate when we are down in the last period."
The Penguins pulled Fleury with under a minute left in the game, but could not get one past Niittymaki.
The Flyers drew first blood 5:34 into the first period after Gagne beat Fleury with a slap shot from the slot while on the power play.
Less than six minutes later, Philadelphia extended its lead after Forsberg deflected a shot from the left point while on his knees in front over the shoulder of Fleury to make it 2-0.
The Flyers upped their lead to 3-0 with 3:42 elapsed in the second period while on the power play, as Seidenberg blasted a one-timer from the high slot past Fleury.
Pittsburgh began to chip away at the Flyers' advantage after Surovy stuffed a pass from behind Philadelphia's net past Niittymaki to make it 3-1.
The Penguins pulled within one with 4:02 left in the second period when Christensen beat Niittymaki top-shelf with a wrist shot from the right circle.
The Penguins are still searching for their first win under new coach Michel Therrien, going 0-3 since the team relieved Eddie Olczyk of his duties on December 15th...The Penguins will continue to be without owner-captain Mario Lemieux, who missed Saturday's game with a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat. Lemieux played Friday after sitting out four games with the same problem, but his pulse began racing during the overtime loss. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely and won't practice for at least 10 days as doctors adjust his medication...Knuble extended his goal-scoring streak to five games...The Flyers opened an 11-game road trip, the longest in franchise history...Philly is 5-0-2 (two ties) in its last seven trips to the Steel City.
12/23 23:05:39 ET