Pittsburgh (16-9-4) at Philadelphia (15-7-6), 1:00 pm EST
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) — After a dramatic comeback win, the
Philadelphia Flyers will try to avoid a letdown and continue
their dominance at the Wachovia Center against the Pittsburgh
Penguins on Saturday.
Simon Gagne tied the game late in regulation and scored the
decisive goal in the shootout as the Flyers rallied from a
four-goal deficit in the third period Thursday and posted a 6-5
triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Scott Hartnell recorded his fourth career hat trick and Scottie
Upshall also tallied for Philadelphia, which improved to 11-1-3
in its last 15 games and 6-0-2 in its last eight at home.
Jeff Carter and defenseman Andrew Alberts notched two assists
apiece and Antero Niittymaki made 26 saves for the Flyers, who
have played in five straight one-goal contests – including four
that went beyond regulation.
The Penguins are hoping to put together back-to-back wins for
the first time in nearly a month. Petr Sykora and Pascal Dupuis
recorded their first career hat tricks Thursday as Pittsburgh
snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-2 thrashing of the
New York Islanders.
Captain Sidney Crosby collected three assists for the Penguins,
who eclipsed their season- high for goals in a contest but still
have not won consecutive games since winning six in a row from
Pittsburgh superstar Evgeni Malkin netted a goal and set up
another to increase his league-leading points total to 48.