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Knuble, red-hot Flyers ice Penguins

Dec 13, 2008 - 9:47 PM
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 saves.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 2 3
    PHILADELPHIA 2 3 1 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) JOFFREY LUPUL 9 (KIMMO TIMONEN, JEFF CARTER) 5:49
    PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 11 (MIKE RICHARDS, KIMMO TIMONEN)
    11:41
    2ND PRD: PIT - JORDAN STAAL 10 (ALEX GOLIGOSKI, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO)
    7:08
    PHI - MIKE RICHARDS

    Dec 13 3:31 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 3
    PHILADELPHIA 6
    3RD PRD: PIT - (PP) RUSLAN FEDOTENKO 8 (PETR SYKORA, JEFF TAFFE) 18:25

    Penguins 3, Flyers 6  3rd - 1:35Dec 13 3:28 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 2
    PHILADELPHIA 6
    3RD PRD: PHI - (PP) JEFF CARTER 21 (JOFFREY LUPUL, KIMMO TIMONEN)
    15:50

    Penguins 2, Flyers 6  3rd - 4:10Dec 13 3:23 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 2
    PHILADELPHIA 5
    3RD PRD: PIT - ERIC GODARD 1 (PETR SYKORA, EVGENI MALKIN) 11:06

    Penguins 2, Flyers 5  3rd - 8:54Dec 13 3:13 PM
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    Penguins 1, Flyers 5  3rd - 16:11Dec 13 2:59 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 1
    PHILADELPHIA 2 3 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) JOFFREY LUPUL 9 (KIMMO TIMONEN, JEFF CARTER) 5:49
    PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 11 (MIKE RICHARDS, KIMMO TIMONEN)
    11:41
    2ND PRD: PIT - JORDAN STAAL 10 (ALEX GOLIGOSKI, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO)
    7:08
    PHI - M

    Dec 13 2:35 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 1
    PHILADELPHIA 5
    2ND PRD: PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 12 (MIKE RICHARDS, KIMMO TIMONEN)
    17:04

    Penguins 1, Flyers 5  2nd - 2:56Dec 13 2:33 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 1
    PHILADELPHIA 4
    2ND PRD: PHI - SCOTT HARTNELL 10 (MATTHEW CARLE, JEFF CARTER) 12:38

    Penguins 1, Flyers 4  2nd - 7:22Dec 13 2:21 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 1
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    2ND PRD: PHI - MIKE RICHARDS 12 (MATTHEW CARLE) 10:09

    Penguins 1, Flyers 3  2nd - 9:51Dec 13 2:17 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 1
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    2ND PRD: PIT - JORDAN STAAL 10 (ALEX GOLIGOSKI, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO) 7:08

    Penguins 1, Flyers 2  2nd - 12:52Dec 13 2:11 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 0
    PHILADELPHIA 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) JOFFREY LUPUL 9 (KIMMO TIMONEN, JEFF CARTER) 5:49
    PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 11 (MIKE RICHARDS, KIMMO TIMONEN)
    11:41
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PIT 6

    Dec 13 1:43 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 0
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 11 (MIKE RICHARDS, KIMMO TIMONEN)
    11:41

    Penguins 0, Flyers 2  1st - 8:19Dec 13 1:31 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) JOFFREY LUPUL 9 (KIMMO TIMONEN, JEFF CARTER) 5:49

    Penguins 0, Flyers 1  1st - 14:11Dec 13 1:19 PM
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