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Penguins pour it on in rout of Flyers

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Penguins 9, Flyers 4

If anyone expected Pittsburgh's snipers to slow down coming out of the All-Star break, they made a serious miscalculation.

The Penguins, who lost to Philadelphia last week, routed the Flyers 9-4 Wednesday night. Alexei Kovalev had three goals and two assists in a career-high five-point game, Jaromir Jagr had two goals and two assists, and Mario Lemieux had a goal and an assist as the Penguins won their fifth in six games.

Pittsburgh led 3-0 after 3:54, saw Philadelphia tie it before the end of the first period, then stormed the Flyers for four straight goals early in the second.

"We played great at the start, and then we said we needed to come out and start the second period the way we did the first," Kovalev said. "We had a lot of jump and a lot of energy. It's when we stop skating that we get into trouble."

The Flyers were in trouble because they didn't have much energy for skating. Because of snow, they had to travel to and from Boston, where they lost on Tuesday — and they looked it.

"We let them play their game, obviously," Flyers coach Bill Barber said. "We tried to play their way, and we can't play that way. They had a week off, and they were ready to play."

Kovalev got goals 28 seconds into the first period and 1:01 into the second. He completed the hat trick with his 30th goal in the third period.

Jagr's goals were his 30th and 31st and came only hours after he was cleared to play. He sat out the All-Star game Sunday with a slight concussion and neck pain.

CAPITALS 3, AVALANCHE 1: Craig Billington, playing for just the third time since Nov. 26, made 31 saves against his former team.

Richard Zednik and Jeff Halpern scored third-period goals to help Washington snap Colorado's nine-game (8-0-1) home unbeaten streak.

Billington, who served as Patrick Roy's backup in Colorado from 1996-99, frustrated the Avalanche with several good saves, but surrendered a power-play goal to Joe Sakic.

STARS 3, OILERS 2: Derian Hatcher scored the tie-breaking goal on a power play with 8:20 remaining as Dallas beat Edmonton for the 11th straight time at Reunion Arena.

With the game tied at 2, Hatcher got his first goal of the season, past goalie Tommy Salo. That helped the Stars improve to 14-1-1 against the Oilers in Dallas since the franchise moved from Minnesota before the 1993-94 season. Dallas is 24-3-3 against Edmonton in the regular season during that span.

John MacLean scored a first-period goal in his Stars debut after he was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Monday.

HURRICANES 2, COYOTES 1, OT: Jeff O'Neill's team-leading 28th goal 25 seconds into overtime won it for Carolina at Phoenix.

Carolina is 4-2-6 in overtime, but won for the first time since beating Montreal at home on Dec. 16.

The Hurricanes came from behind, with David Tanabe tying it at 1 with a power-play goal in the second period. Tanabe also assisted on O'Neill's goal.

Keith Tkachuk scored for the Coyotes, winless in their past five games (0-4-1).

SABRES 2, ISLANDERS 1, OT: Maxim Afinogenov scored 42 seconds into overtime. Stu Barnes also scored, while Dominik Hasek stopped 30 shots as the Sabres completed a four-game season sweep of the Islanders.

New York's Mariusz Czerkawski scored with seven minutes left in regulation. The Islanders are 0-5-1 in their past six visits to Buffalo, going back to March 6, 1998.

Rick DiPietro, the first goalie ever chosen No. 1 in the draft, has had little luck, losing all three of his career starts despite giving up only five goals.

PANTHERS 2, WILD 1: Mike Sillinger's third-period goal extended Florida's home unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1). Minnesota didn't earn a point for the first time in its season-long six-game road (3-1-1) trip.

Rob Niedermayer and Darby Hendrickson traded first-period goals.

MAPLE LEAFS 7, THRASHERS 1: Gary Roberts scored twice, while Tie Domi, Bryan McCabe, Darcy Tucker, Sergei Berezin and Yanic Perreault also scored for host Toronto.

Atlanta, missing nine players because of injuries, has won just once in its past 18 games.

The Leafs, who have 15 goals in their past three games since Berezin joined Mats Sundin on Toronto's top line, scored three times in the second and four in the third.

BLACKHAWKS 3, MIGHTY DUCKS 2: Steve Sullivan scored his seventh goal in six games to put Chicago ahead, and Eric Daze connected 74 seconds later.

Alexander Karpovtsev also scored for the Blackhawks, who got two assists each from Tony Amonte and Michael Nylander.