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Staal, Penguins look for fifth straight win

Philadelphia (5-6-3) at Pittsburgh (9-4-2), 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins showed off their

offensive prowess against the defending Stanley Cup champion

Detroit Red Wings and would like to do the same against an

Atlantic Division rival.

Looking to build on a dramatic comeback victory in overtime, the

Penguins can extend their winning streak to five games when they

host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Jordan Staal recorded a hat trick in the third period and

Pittsburgh overcame a 5-2 deficit entering the session before

Ruslan Fedotenko notched the game-winner in overtime to seal a

7-6 victory.

Staal set up Fedotenko's tally and used his second career hat

trick to break out of a slump. The 20-year-old had a slow start

to the season, with just two goals and three assists in 13 games

before Tuesday. Staal, who was plus-4 on the night, tied his

season-high with five shots on goal.

Prior to jolting the Red Wings, the Penguins stole three

straight one-goal games - including a 4-3 shootout victory over

the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Philadelphia snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win

over the Islanders, but lost Daniel Briere to another injury.

With the unspecified setback, his status for this game is


Briere, who has scored in four straight games, made a quick

return following abdominal surgery, coming back Saturday after a

six-game absence to score the Flyers' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to

the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nevertheless, the Flyers have produced two consecutive strong

defensive efforts after pulling the trigger on a trade to

acquire defenseman Matt Carle from the Lightning for Steve

Eminger and Steve Downie on Friday.


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