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Penguins beat Flyers in overtime

Sidney Crosby’s third period goal forced overtime and Tyler Kennedy rifled the game-winner past Ilya Bryzgalov to lead the Penguins to their 12th consecutive win, 2-1, over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday night at Consol Energy Center

The win kept the Penguins perfect in March. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots as Pittsburgh continued to win without reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin and star defenseman Kris Letang. The first period ended in a scoreless tie but that didn’t mean there was a shortage of scoring chances. Pascal Dupuis had a point blank shot off of a perfect Crosby pass but Ilya Bryzgalov batted it away with his glove with 6:53 remaining in the opening frame. The Pens outshot the Flyers 9-6 in the first. The game opened up a little more in the second period and the teams were flying up and down the ice. Although Dupuis had another chance on a rebound opportunity, the Flyers were outshooting the Pens 7-3 half way through. The Flyers struck first on the power play when Claude Giroux ripped it past Fleury. The Flyers took a 1-0 lead into the third. The comeback bid started when Fleury made a wicked glove save on Jakub Voracek from the slot. After a Wayne Simmonds slashing penalty the Penguins went to power play with 7 minutes left in the game. Just 23 seconds later Kimmo Timonen was guilty of a hook and the Pens had a 5 on 3 advantage. It didn’t take long for Crosby to score his 14th of the season, extending his point streak to 4 games. Paul Martin and Beau Bennett assisted the goal as Crosby ripped the one-time goal, beating Bryzgalov low. Crosby had gone 17 straight games wihout a power play goal. The game was tied at 1 after regulation. The Flyers seemed to be in control early in overtime but it was the Penguins who found the back of the net when Tyler Kennedy beat Bryzgalov and helped the Penguins to secure the victory. “I think we’re a pretty confident team right now,” Kennedy said after the game. “If we stay on plan and do the little things we can be successful.” The Penguins are back in action on Tuesday when they welcome the Montreal Canadiens into the Consol Energy Center. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7pm.

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