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Crosby's six points leads Pens to win

Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby

12/13/2006 11:43:00 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Nothing specific about the Philadelphia Flyers sparks Sidney Crosby's game. It just looks that way.

Crosby took over the NHL scoring lead with a career-high six points in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 8-4 rout of the Flyers on Wednesday night. The 19-year-old phenom has 29 points in 13 career games against Philadelphia, including 15 in five games this season - all Penguins victories.

"We saw a special performance by a special player," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "It was unbelievable. Sid was phenomenal."

Crosby had one goal and five assists to give him 47 points for the season, three more than New York Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr.

"Part of my job is to move the puck; it's up to (my teammates) to finish the opportunities, and those guys were on tonight," Crosby said.


 

Sergei Gonchar had two goals and three assists, Ryan Malone added one goal and three assists, and Mark Recchi had a goal and assist for the Penguins, who have won three in a row. Gonchar and Malone also set career highs in points.

"I think Sid had a lot to do with it," Malone said of his mark. "I don't think I did too much on too many of those, but it's definitely fun to get a couple points and help out offensively."

Ryan Potulny had a goal and an assist, and Alexandre Picard set up two goals for the Flyers, who lost their fifth straight and have the worst record in the Eastern Conference (8-19-4).

Crosby's previous best was four points in a game - done three times in his one-plus NHL seasons. He has a goal in five straight games and 15 points in six contests.

"The way the bounces were going and the puck was going into the net, we were so good at finishing our chances that I don't think you can fault the defense that was out there against us," Crosby said. "We were just having one of those nights when everything was going in."

The first five goals were scored in fewer than 13 minutes. The first three came within a span of 1:27 less than six minutes after the opening faceoff. Three of the first-period goals were deflected by players into their own net.

After the Penguins' Chris Thorburn scored his third a little more than four minutes in, Crosby gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead 60 seconds later when his centering pass to Malone appeared to carom off the skate of Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher and past goalie Antero Niittymaki.

"There are a lot of games where he sets up a lot of guys, but they hit the post or the goal doesn't go in," Malone said. "But Sid's capable of turning the game around like that, and when he's on, he's on. And it's definitely fun to watch."

The Penguins appeared on the way to another rout after outscoring Philadelphia 20-7 in the first four meetings. But the Flyers sustained a short-lived rally.

Potulny was credited with the Flyers' first goal 27 seconds after Crosby's tally. This time the puck went in off the skate of Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik.

Todd Fedoruk tied it 2-2 at 9:07, just after a power play expired.

It took fewer than four minutes for Gonchar to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead on a play in which Crosby earned an assist.

"He was flying out there," Gonchar said of Crosby, who has multiple points in 10 of 12 games. "He was making unbelievable plays."

Malone scored his first goal of the season at 5:56 of the second period on a rebound of Crosby's shot. Malone entered with only two points in 12 games.

Crosby set up each of the next two goals - which came in a span of 2:12 midway through the second. Gonchar's second came at 7:17, and Recchi's eighth of the season at 9:29 made it 6-2.

"I'm not really worried about Sidney Crosby right now," Niittymaki said. "Some other team can worry about him now."

The Flyers got third-period goals from Kyle Calder and Mike Knuble, but in between Michel Ouellet scored his seventh of the season on the power play.

Jordan Staal added a short-handed goal with 6.9 seconds left for Pittsburgh.

"They got off to that quick start with two goals in the first three minutes and it's on for them, they think it's going to be one of those nights," Knuble said. "They were licking at their chops to get on the ice again."

Notes: The Flyers hadn't lost five games to the Penguins in a season since 1992-93, when they went 1-5-1. .. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was not in net for the first six minutes of the second period due to an equipment problem. Jocelyn Thibault made one save his absence. .. Flyers G Martin Houle made his NHL debut in the second period, stopping two of three shots before Niittymaki returned.

 






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1buffalo442Unbelievable!! What an amazing player and he's onl ...
2bowlinggodThe KID is awesome. Give him a proven trigger man ...
3henrisCongrats but.. 15 points against ahl level philade ...
4mafleury21This kid is amazing. The team feeds off him, which ...
5tedans74Sid the Kid steamrolled the Flyers! I watched h ...
6KrazyKoalaWay to go Sid!!! Wait....could all those who sa ...
7mattgoreSidney is going to be even more dangerous in his 2 ...
8topoftheworldBEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE!! PERIOD! HANDS DOWN, NO ...
9Zerocool6687Way to go Sid... Who owns the Flyers. 6 points and ...
10ThE_Malkin_FANTwo thumbs up for Crosby... but where was Malkin t ...
11el_cieloInsane. It's so exciting to watch Crosby play. I r ...
12weeezzwow.. thats all i can say.. this kid will for sure ...
13irvingsalzmanAwesome. What more can you say? The kid is amazi ...
14wildfroggoridiculous....i hated crosby last year cause of hi ...
15The_BanditBetter get used to it...this is the future of the ...
16flamesandtitanslooks like alexandre the great may not be the best ...
17charlieinoilcountrythis kid is amazing. definitely living up to the h ...
18dwzkrThis is not a knock against any other player, or a ...
19plasticbrattBest player in the game. No contest. Anyone ...
20Penguin/Steelerfanwait till Saturday in Montreal he will get 7 point ...
21roddy77Yes Crosby is a great talent and will be for years ...
22StreakingRedQuite a night for Crosby, that's for sure. He was ...
23Wally09The kid is a stud...there is no question that he'l ...
24QUAGMIREDon't forget he has played 3 less games than Jagr ...
25wolverine05Shades of Mario... ...
26ecadoffWell, this same easy opponent held Jagr without a ...
27geo1To those of you who still think Alex is better tha ...
28mrs_crosby87HELL YES! CONGRATS TO THE KID!!! wow, what a game. ...
29eeyou.eenouI've got an idea, let's send him to Sweden to play ...
30chevydanhe his like super Mario the Second ...
31TimCollardWhats the deal with Marc-Andre Fleury ? Does not ...
32JBHabThis guy is for real. When his day is done he'll b ...
33TheHerbif dwzkr is saying that crosby is good because of ...
34SupergramWay to go Sid and they were talking about Malkin ...
35Achtung_BabyIt was a pretty cheesy 6 points(alot of second cr ...
36hybrid_theory_79TimCollard: You do realize how young he is right? ...
37TuffyBwhat a sick goal by staal ...
38spiker97The stars are really starting to shine! Sid's 110 ...
39cobra919Good on him! Now would someone please give him a t ...
40nickhealey669crosby might make some dumb chirps and act like a ...
41FlyerGuyANYONE could have had 6 points tonight! The Flyer ...
42jaybird30761What a performance by Sid the Kid, now tops in the ...
43johnmccann2005its funny how crosby has only 2 or 3 less goals th ...
44betaylor27Henris, while you're right about the Flyers having ...
45Feuer_Freino worries, Jagr will take back what's his. ...
46petergriffinGreat game by Sid, but quit harping on Ovechkin. ...
47zhangdouHe's no Rory Fitzpatrick, but he's still pretty go ...
48mrzeiglerJust like Mario, he has the scoring lead while pla ...
49russiancashCrosby is a great player; top 10 in the league. B ...
50idiots98great game to watch... loved to see staal get that ...
51markthornhillHow can anyone say Ovechkin has nobody to play wit ...
52MATHGODSorry roddy77, but it is you who does not truly un ...
53rodskinner Martin Houle will be the saviour in Philly,Forme ...
54greta_gJust think how more advanced Crosby would be if he ...
55WaldomaniaWow ... I've been hearing about sid for years ... ...
56Dabrain32FLYERGUY: What r u talking about. I haven't seen ...
57VivaLeSaintMartin30As a Devs fan in Philly, thanks Sid. However, over ...
58defeo16the flyers are bad but im sure not having forsberg ...
59Perezhogin42I never thought hotdogs could rack up so many poin ...
60Raider2wow...anybody questioning the A on his sweater thi ...
61the_HockeyGodCrosby is everything he was advertised as before t ...
62crosby1To FlyerGuy...the reason that Sid had 6 points ton ...
63LESHABITANTSYea Crosby. Still cant decide who i like better, C ...
64redwingsguruI would trade Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Schneider, draf ...
65xTybeyou morons cant just like crosby WITHOUT completel ...
66topsheeThink about this... when Ovech was playing in the ...
67max99Comparing Crosby to Gretzky is rediculous...Crosby ...
68bertuzzi#44toddYa, Crosby was awesome tonight. Way to go!! One ...
69dymiedooSay what you want about the kid - at 19 he's still ...
70chiassontbCrosby gets 6 points and people still rag on him, ...
71firewaterevolverPerezhogin42: hotdog??? are you joking me....??? h ...
72RainierJagr will be the scoring leader at the end of the ...
73strat-armourHate him or love him, the kids got talent , those ...
74ajaybalNot the best player in the game... I was wrong ...
75mm87plain and simple, Crosby has an unbelievable under ...
76Mr.Canadian/CanadienCrosby, Ovechkin, Malkin...this is the new NHL!! G ...
77chichigordCheezy 6 points?! Did someone actually say cheezy ...
78Mr.Canadian/CanadienCrosby is today's Gretzky. Phaneuf is today's Sco ...
79IafrateInstead of making endless comparisons between Ovec ...
80trailerparkboysIt is so nice to see Crobsy doing these great thin ...
81bigd2014Crosby is fun to watch. He is very smart with and ...
82whudevahflyerguy - so, by 'anyone' being able to score 5 o ...
83whudevahrussiancash - so, in order to be considered a grea ...
8420smokeSid The Kid is better than Gretzky!And as for you ...
85whudevahredwingsguru - i think it'd take signifigantly mor ...
86Frozen_PuckheadI love Sid the Kid and think he's doing an absolut ...
87MuckItUpBabySidney is just sick.....the kid has some serious s ...
88goaliesaresexyWow! What a crazy game. Sid was amazing. It was li ...
89joeleaffanNO question a good show from Crosby. Last night M ...
90chfan21Wow, Who cares whos better (Crosby or Ovechkin), t ...
91Corey83Crosby had an amazing night no doubt. I can't und ...
92goaliesaresexyxTybe is right. Why does anyone have to bash Ovech ...
93mlwilliams9I don't know who's worse in Philly...the Flyers, 7 ...
94danno783Go Sid!!!! As Donald S. would say......"A Good Can ...
9519wingnutOh lord, like he didn't get over-hyped as it is. ...
96CentralchebogueI suspect the same folks who continue to snipe at ...
97Tim712Crosby at least has a couple of players who can ac ...
98cooldaddio61First of all, I want to give a high five to chiass ...
99sucosamHenris (post#3) and others. All the other players ...
100clyde567What's scary is this team is only going to get bet ...
101mcap72Crosby=Gretzky. like they said on TSN last night e ...
102superdave2277This just in....he's good (to quote a phrase). Cr ...
103pyxelWho ever is comparing Crosby to Gretzky is a bit r ...
104superdave2277The Crosby vs. Ovechkin rivalry/debate is gonna be ...
105brewnerCanadian made.What drive this Crosby has,its his p ...
106lindbergh31Crosby played well and is going to be great. But y ...
107bruins04for those who say Ovechkin has no one to play with ...
108KnucklesNilanWOW! The #1 player in the league - no contest... ...
109BardWhen I was a small kid I listened to my uncles arg ...
110TheLittleGeneralSuch is the legacy that Bob Clarke leaves to the F ...
111jsmidt@nbnet.nb.caGreat talent from the Maritimes. ...
112J-rock77I don't see why this has to be an either/or argume ...
113les_paulIf you compare his first 2 pro seasons with Gretzk ...
114habsfanlaurieInstead of picking apart Crosby or Ovechkin, let's ...
115LUONGOFORPMYou know what's scary.... This kid still has about ...
116venivediviciI don't recall since the days of Bobby Orr any 19 ...
117canehdnguyI remember an interview years ago with Gretzky whe ...
118ken9Kudos to TSN for having two Pens games this week. ...
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