Crosby scores lone shootout goal as Penguins shade lowly Flyers 5-4

Author:
Publish date:

Mike Knuble's goal with 1:24 left in regulation forced overtime, and Simon Gagne had three goals, including a pair on the power play, for Philadelphia, which has the fewest wins (13) and points (34) in the NHL.

Held scoreless during regulation, Crosby, the league's scoring leader, beat Antero Niittymaki on the Penguins' third shot in the shootout. Marc-Andre Fleury then stopped Gagne to win it.

With Niittymaki pulled from the net, Knuble redirected Alexei Zhitnik's slap shot in to tie 4-4.

Mark Recchi and Erik Christensen scored 30 seconds apart early in the third period, and Jordan Staal and Michel Ouellet also had goals for the Penguins, the NHL's most improved team this season. Pittsburgh has won 10 of 12 with two overtime losses.

The Flyers haven't won at home since beating former coach Ken Hitchcock in his debut with Columbus on Nov. 24, and have just three victories there in 25 games.

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_16299785
Play

Beauvillier, Islanders Beat Lightning in OT to Force Game 7

It's never a good thing to count out the New York Islanders.

USATSI_16289966
Play

Islanders Aim to Forget Blowout, Set for Lightning in Game 6

The New York Islanders don’t plan to spend too much time thinking about their blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning that’s put them on the verge of being ousted from the Stanley Cup semifinals.

USATSI_13666919
Play

Could a Trade Involve Matthew Tkachuk for Vladimir Tarasenko?

Matthew Tkachuk is reportedly on the rumor mill, and a move to St. Louis makes sense from an emotional standpoint. But a trade to the Blues would take a big player moving North – could that be Tarasenko? Lyle Richardson has more in today's rumor roundup.