Flyers finally beat Penguins

James van Riemsdyk and Jeff Carter scored two goals each, Matt

Carle had a goal and two assists, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat

the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time in four games this

season by winning 7-4 on Thursday night.

Chris Pronger added a goal and an assist as the Flyers took

leads of 2-0 and 5-2 in winning for the second night in a row and

the sixth time in eight games, and against the opponent that

frustrates them the most. The seven goals were a Flyers’ season

high and gave them 13 in two nights, as they beat Toronto 6-2 on

Wednesday.

The Penguins had won the first three games of the season

series and 10 of 13 against the Flyers — and that didn’t count

last season’s Eastern Conference playoff series victory. Pittsburgh

had eliminated Philadelphia in the playoffs the last two seasons.

Sidney Crosby scored twice for the Penguins, his 25th and

26th goals, but the Penguins gave up too many odd-man rushes and

weren’t strong enough in net to win. They lost their seventh in

nine games and now begin a five-game road trip that winds up with a

three-game western Canada swing.

The Flyers chased slumping goalie Marc-Andre Fleury less than

two minutes into the second period when Pronger scored from just

inside the blue line, putting them up 4-2. Fleury angrily threw his

stick down the runway that leads to the dressing room as he left

the ice and was replaced by Brent Johnson, who gave up van

Riemsdyk’s second goal of the game 74 seconds later to make it 5-2.

Fleury allowed four goals on 15 shots while losing his fifth

in a row, with Carter and Carle scoring as Philadelphia converted

both of its power plays. Carle hadn’t scored since Oct. 31 against

Carolina.

Flyers goalie Michael Leighton made 35 saves to beat

Pittsburgh for the first time in four career starts.

Crosby, held to two goals in his previous nine games, scored

midway through the second to get the Penguins back within two

goals, but Carter later got his 16th of the season and second of

the game to restore Philadelphia’s three-goal lead at 6-3.

The Penguins’ NHL-worst power play went 0 for 3. The Penguins

have 27 goals on a league-high 187 power plays (14.4 percent).

Evgeni Malkin, last season’s NHL scoring champion, was held

without a goal for the seventh consecutive game although he had two

assists. He came in with five goals and seven assists in his

previous eight games against the Flyers.

Game notes

Penguins D Sergei Gonchar (foot) sat out a fourth consecutive

game. … Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo, hospitalized last

weekend during a Florida road trip, watched from the press box. …

Carter also scored twice against the Penguins on Oct. 8. He has

five goals against Pittsburgh this season. … Mike Richards added

an empty net goal, his 19th tally, with 32 seconds remaining.