Knuble, red-hot Flyers ice Penguins

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PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The surging Philadelphia Flyers picked

up where they left off against Carolina.

Mike Knuble scored two power-play goals Saturday, sparking the

Flyers to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers were coming off Thursday's 6-5 shootout win over the

Hurricanes in which they erased a 5-1 deficit in the third.

Philadelphia carried the momentum into Saturday's matinee,

jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first period and adding three more

goals in the second.

"We learned as a group the lesson from the last game and trying

to implement a game plan right our of the gate," Knuble said.

"We did that. The first 10 minutes of the game was all special

teams. We got big kills and big power-play goals and that does a

lot for the team's confidence."

The Flyers created havoc around the net, scoring five goals from

close range, and buried the Penguins with a potent power play

that scored four three times with the man advantage. The Flyers

entered the contest tied with Boston for the league's third-most

effective power-play unit.

"We had energy, which I am not sure would have been the case had

we not come all the way back and won the game (Thursday),"

Flyers coach John Stevens said.

"That's my job - to be around the net on the power play," Knuble

added. "We have smart players who throw the puck it in there at

the right time and will find your stick."

Philadelphia has just one regulation loss in its last 16 games,

improving to 12-1-3 during that span.

"The past 15 to 16 games, we have been playing very well," said

Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who recorded a career-high four

assists - all on the power play. "We have been forechecking and

we are working hard. Everybody is coming back and we aren't

giving up much. Early in the season we gave up too many odd-man

chances. Now everyone is working both ways."

The Penguins crushed the New York Islanders, 9-2, on Thursday,

but continue to be hamnpered by uneven play. Pittsburgh has

dropped four of its last five games and is just 5-6-1 in its

last 12 contests.

On Saturday, the Penguins were playing their third game in four

days and seemed a step slow. They fell behind less than six

minutes into the contest and never recovering.

"We wanted a better effort," Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby

said. "We knew that they have a strong power play and we wanted

to get out of the box and we never got over it. These are big

games standings-wise and they are intense games and you should

be ready for this one. We just didn't do the job here today."

Philadelphia goaltender Martin Biron stopped 23 shots, allowing

Jordan Staal's redirection goal 7:08 into the second and two

goals in the third period after the contest was out of reach.

Pittsburgh's Eric Godard's tallied his first goal of the season

with 8:54 left in the third to make it 5-2.

Joffrey Lupul and Jeff Carter also scored on the power play for

the Flyers, who have won four straight to take over second place

in the Atlantic Division.

Carter registered his 21st of the season - one behind Buffalo's

Thomas Vanek for the league lead.

Pittsburgh netminder Dany Sabourin allowed five goals while

facing only 19 shots through 40 minutes. He finished with 21




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