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Guerin gives Penguins two-game lead

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- This almost never happens in an NHL playoff

game, a team going on a two-man advantage in overtime. Maybe

that was all Bill Guerin needed to do something he had never

done, either.

Guerin scored his second goal of the game for Pittsburgh, which

rallied twice against Philadelphia and then won after been given

a rare two-man edge in an extra period. The Penguins earned a

3-2 victory Friday night to go up two games in the first-round

playoff series.

Guerin, at 38 the oldest player on a mostly young team, took

Sergei Gonchar's pass from center point and skated toward the

net from the low left circle, faked a pass and beat goalie

Martin Biron on a shot that deflected off the left post and into

the net 18:29 into overtime. It was the first game-winning

playoff goal in Guerin's 17-season career.

"There's a first time for everything, I guess," said Guerin, who

was traded by the last-place Islanders to the Penguins at the

March 4 trade deadline. "It was a thrill for me to come over

here. This was a big win for us."

Guerin also scored the goal that tied it at 1 late in the second

period, and Evgeni Malkin tied it at 2 with 3:37 remaining in

the third after rookie Darroll Powe's goal put the determined

Flyers up early in the period.

The Penguins will take a 2-0 series lead to Philadelphia for

Game 3 on Sunday, as they did in winning last year's Eastern

Conference finals against the Flyers.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other playoff

game since at least 1933 decided by a two-man advantage overtime

goal came in 2003, when Tampa Bay beat Washington 4-3 on Vincent

Lecavalier's goal 2:21 into the extra session.

"You don't see it too often," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby

said. "You have to see a play like a broken stick or a clear

high stick or something like that, but we'll take it and move


The overtime game was the first between the in-state rivals

since Keith Primeau's goal decided the Flyers' 2-1, five-OT win

that started on May 4, 2000, and ended in the early morning

hours of May 5. That game was the NHL's longest in the last 73


This game was much shorter. And much harder to take for the


The Flyers initially went on the power play in overtime when

Penguins defenseman Hal Gill was called for cross-checking, but

an identical penalty on Mike Knuble and a slashing call on

Claude Giroux 30 seconds later gave Pittsburgh a two-man edge

that would have lasted 1:29. Guerin scored with 27 seconds left

in the two-man.

"My stick broke and I was just trying to jam his (Chris

Kunitz's) stick," Giroux said. "The refs saw that the stick

broke so they had to call it. I was just trying to make sure he

doesn't get the pass and I guess I went a little too hard and it

broke. I let down the guys here and I've got to put that behind

me. It's a dumb play."

Philadelphia avoided the numerous penalties and breakdowns it

had in the 4-1 loss in Game 1 and were in position to tie the

series after rookie Powe's go-ahead goal, only to get tripped up

again by penalties.

"We certainly proved to ourselves that we can play," coach John

Stevens said. "We did a lot of good things. But it's tough --

it's tough, but we'll regroup."

Of going down two men, Jeff Carter said, "It's tough, but

they're going to call what they're going to call."

The Penguins, given their third power play in regulation after

having eight Wednesday, tied it at 16:23 of the third when Kris

Letang's shot from the point deflected off Malkin and past Biron

for Malkin's second of the series.

Pittsburgh created the overtime only because goalie Marc-Andre

Fleury made an improbable save several minutes before,

scrambling from one side of the crease to the other to stick out

his right skate and deflect Carter's shot toward an unguarded

side of the net.

"I was a little far from the puck on that, I was in a bad spot

so I just tried to get my pads over there and it hit my toe,"

Fleury said.

The Flyers responded the way Stevens said they needed to

following their undisciplined Game 1 loss. They didn't worry

about retaliating or sending messages or trying to outhit

Pittsburgh, only trying to beat them -- and it nearly worked.

They pressed the play from the start, got the important first

goal from Scott Hartnell, then kept pressuring even after

Pittsburgh tied it on Guerin's 29th career playoff goal. His

30th would be even bigger.

The Flyers came back to take a 2-1 lead when Powe, playing more

because oft-penalized forward Dan Carcillo was suspended for a

shot to Max Talbot's head with seconds remaining in Game 1,

steered a wrist shot from the left circle past Fleury 2:09 into

the third.

Powe is a former Princeton player who had six goals during the

season, one an empty-netter during the Flyers' 3-1 win in

Pittsburgh on March 22.

Philadelphia's under-control persistence finally paid off with

Hartnell's power-play goal at 13:26 of the first and only its

fifth lead after the first period in 26 games.

"It's disappointing for sure. We did all the right things,"

captain Mike Richards said.

The way the Flyers kept pressuring, the Penguins were in

jeopardy of leaving Pittsburgh tied two games into a playoff

series for the first time since they lost to Montreal in six

games in 1998. But they tied it after coach Dan Bylsma put

Malkin and Crosby on the same line, and it paid off with

Guerin's first goal.


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