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Rookie lifts Penguins past Flyers

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal against the Flyers on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal against the Flyers on Wednesday night.
Rusty Kennedy, Associated Press

Sidney Crosby is a better shooter than actor.

The 18-year-old rookie sensation scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway with 46.7 seconds left in overtime, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Crosby needed stitches on his upper lip after getting high-sticked in the second period. No penalty was called on the play and Crosby later got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for diving.

"It's frustrating," Crosby said. "I go out for five minutes, come back in and get hit in the face from the same guy."

Ryan Malone had a goal, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 shots, helping the Penguins improve to 6-3-2 since going winless in their first nine games.

Joni Pitkanen scored two power-play goals for Philadelphia, which had won nine straight at home.

With Philadelphia less than a minute away from its first shootout, Crosby took a long, breakout pass from Malone near center ice, skated in alone and beat Antero Niittymaki to win it.

"If I can contribute and help out, it feels good," Crosby said. "It's nice, especially when stuff goes on."

Fleury stopped two point-blank shots by Mike Knuble and Mike Rathje in overtime. He started because a puck hit Jocelyn Thibault in the throat in warmups. Thibault's injury wasn't serious.

Pitkanen scored his goals 1:34 apart to tie it after the Penguins had scored twice in a 56-second span early in the third.

Pitkanen took a crisp pass from NHL assists-leader Peter Forsberg and one-timed a shot just inside the post to tie it 2-2 at 6:44 of the third.

He slipped a shot between Fleury's legs to cut the deficit to 2-1. "I don't think we played real well," Forsberg said. "The last couple games we were sliding a bit and not playing smart hockey. We have been giving up the puck."

BLUES 2, BLUE JACKETS 0: At Columbus, Ohio, Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist in the third period, and Curtis Sanford posted his second career shutout in St. Louis' victory that snapped a franchise-record, 11-game losing skid. The game was also Sergei Fedorov's debut in a Columbus uniform. Fedorov was acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Tuesday.

ISLANDERS 7, THRASHERS 3: At Atlanta, Shawn Bates scored twice, including a goal in the closing minutes of the third period to help New York Islanders to its third straight victory. Miroslav Satan, who also had two goals, made it 6-3 with about four minutes remaining.

AVALANCHE 3, COYOTES 1: At Glendale, Ariz., Marek Svatos scored twice, including the winning goal 1:56 into the third period, to lift Colorado over Phoenix. Rob Blake added a power-play goal for his 600th NHL point and Pierre Turgeon notched three assists for the Avalanche, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

FLAMES 3, RED WINGS 1: At Calgary, Alberta, Tony Amonte scored one and goal and assisted on another to lead the Calgary to its eighth straight victory. Chuck Kobasew notched the winning goal on a second-period power play, Daymond Langkow chipped in with two assists, and former Red Wings forward Darren McCarty also scored for the Flames.

CANUCKS 3, SHARKS 1: At San Jose, Calif., Ed Jovanovski scored the go-ahead, power-play goal with 9:45 to play, and Vancouver snapped a four-game road losing streak. Anson Carter added another power-play goal with 6:07 left.

DALLAS 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 2: At Anaheim, Calif., Jason Arnott notched his sixth career hat trick with a power-play goal, a short-handed tally and another at even strength, rallying Dallas and sending Anaheim to its sixth straight loss.