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PHILADELPHIA - Sidney Crosby scored two power-play goals 90 seconds apart in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Saturday night.

In 17 regular-season games in Philadelphia, Crosby has 13 goals and 28 points. Overall against the Flyers, the Penguins captain has posted 26 goals and 59 points in 33 games.

Mark Letestu, Chris Kunitz and Matt Cooke also had goals for Pittsburgh, which won its second straight to improve to 3-3 this season. The Penguins beat the New York Islanders in overtime on Friday night for their first victory in their new home arena.

The Penguins, who avenged an opening-night loss to the Flyers last Thursday at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, fired 30 shots at Philadelphia rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Brent Johnson stopped 29 shots for Pittsburgh.

Danny Briere gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 6:43 of the first period.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Rookie Jordan Caron sparked Boston's four-goal second period with his first NHL tally, and Tim Thomas made 31 saves in a win over New Jersey.

Michael Ryder, Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic also scored for the Bruins, who played their first game since opening the season by splitting two games in the Czech Republic against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils, who are winless at home (0-3-1).

New Jersey's Martin Brodeur made 31 saves.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Milan Jurcina scored twice and Dwayne Roloson stopped 28 shots as the New York Islanders beat Colorado.

Josh Bailey, Michael Grabner and John Tavares also scored for the Islanders, who won their second straight at home.

Chris Stewart and T.J. Galliardi had goals for the Avalanche. Craig Anderson, playing for the second straight night, made 20 saves.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—David Booth had two goals for Florida, which jumped out to a big lead and handed Tampa Bay its first loss of the season.

Cory Stillman, Booth, Steven Reinprecht, and Dennis Wideman each scored in the first period. Booth added his second, and Rostislav Olesz also scored in the third.

Florida's Tomas Vokoun had 29 saves in the Panthers' home opener, earning his second shutout of the season and 40th of his NHL career. Bryan McCabe had four assists.

Mike Smith replaced Dan Ellis in the first period and finished with 20 saves for the Lightning (3-1). Ellis allowed three goals on 15 shots.

MONTREAL (AP)—Tomas Plekanec scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:59 remaining to give Montreal a win over Ottawa.

Plekanec put a rebound of Andrei Kostitsyn's shot past Brian Elliott as Montreal rallied from a 3-1 deficit after Ottawa scored two goals 53 seconds apart midway through the second period.

Kostitsyn tied it at 3 late in the second after Jeff Halpern got the Canadiens' comeback started with his second goal of the season at 13:39.

Brian Gionta also scored and Carey Price made 16 saves for Montreal, which won 2-1 in Buffalo on Friday.

Milan Michalek had two goals, and Erik Karlsson also scored for Ottawa (1-3-1). Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza both had two assists.

Brian Elliott stopped 33 shots in his first start of the season. Elliott made 19 saves in relief of injured starter Pascal Leclaire in the Senators' 3-2 win over Carolina on Thursday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Brooks Laich tipped in Alex Ovechkin's slap shot at 1:44 of overtime, finishing Washington's rally to a win against Nashville.

The Capitals trailed 2-0 heading into the third period, but Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischman scored to force overtime.

In the extra period, Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty on defenceman Ryan Suter. Less than a minute later, Ovechkin took a shot out near the blue line, and Laich redirected it past Anders Lindback for his third goal.

J.P. Dumont and Jordin Tootoo scored for Nashville.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—R.J. Umberger scored a short-handed goal with just more than nine minutes to play and Mathieu Garon made 21 saves as Columbus beat Minnesota.

Derek Dorsett and Derek MacKenzie each scored their first goals of the season for the Blue Jackets (2-2), who bounced back from a poor effort in Friday night's 5-2 loss to Chicago.

With the game tied 2-2 and Minnesota on the power play, Umberger stuffed the puck past goalie Niklas Backstrom at 10:58 of the third period.

Brent Burns and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Wild, and Martin Havlat recorded two assists. Backstrom made 22 saves.

CHICAGO (AP)—Patrick Sharp scored his second goal of the game with 7:08 left in the third, powering Chicago over Buffalo.

Sharp rammed in a rebound off Tomas Kopecky's point-blank attempt, sending defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago to its first home win after two losses. It was Sharp's fourth goal in two nights.

Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland also scored for the Blackhawks, who were outshot 41-21. Marty Turco made 38 stops.

Drew Stafford, Paul Gaustad and Cody McCormick scored for the Sabres, whose winless streak reached five games (0-4-1). Backup goalie Patrick Lalime made 17 saves in his first start of the season.

DALLAS (AP)—Brad Richards, Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro scored in Dallas' perfect shootout and lifted the Stars to a come-from-behind victory over St. Louis.

Dallas (4-0), which overcame an early 2-0 deficit and was outshot 43-25, joined Toronto as the NHL's only undefeated teams. It was the Stars' second shootout victory this season.

James Neal and Eriksson scored in regulation to rally the Stars after Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald staked St. Louis to its first-period lead.

The Blues, who opened the season with two straight home wins, have lost two consecutive road games.

Kari Lehtonen was outstanding for Dallas, making 41 saves and stopping two of three shooters in the shootout. Only Brad Boyes scored against him in the tiebreaker.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Niklas Kronwall scored a power-play goal 4:44 into a wild overtime to give Detroit a win over Phoenix in the Coyotes' home opener.

The goal came with 7 seconds showing in Detroit's eighth advantage of the game. The Coyotes had killed off the first seven power plays.

Martin Hanzal scored with 10 seconds to play in the first period to put Phoenix ahead 1-0. The Red Wings tied it when Pavel Datsyuk's wrist shot deflected off the stick of Phoenix's Lee Stempniak and dribbled between the legs of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov just over seven minutes into the second period.

Detroit enjoyed power plays for four minutes of overtime. The Red Wings had a four-on-three advantage when they scored the winning goal.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Alex Tanguay scored two goals and Jarome Iginla added the tiebreaking one in the third period to help the Flames beat the Oilers.

Calgary trailed 3-2 entering the final period before tying it on Niclas Hagman's goal at 4:29.

Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner and Magnus Paajarvi scored for Edmonton (2-2-0).

Edmonton lost both of its road games this season and is 2-22-2 in its last 26 road games dating back to December.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Dustin Byfuglien scored with 6:20 left in the third period to break a tie, helping the Thrashers beat the Sharks.

Andrew Ladd, Anthony Stewart and Evander Kane also scored for the Thrashers, who won for the first time in seven trips to San Jose.

Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe scored within 21 seconds of each other in the first period for the Sharks, who had their home opener spoiled.

Chris Mason stopped 37 of 39 shots to earn his second regular-season victory against the Sharks in 11 meetings. Antii Niemi stopped 24 of 28 shots in losing his first game with the Sharks.

Niemi won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last season and faced four of his former teammates, including Ladd and Byfuglien.


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