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Penguins end six-game skid vs. Panthers

SUNRISE — The Penguins broke out of their slump in a big way.

Pittsburgh got its first multigoal effort in the past six games, beating the Panthers 4-1 Friday to end a six-game losing streak. The skid was its longest since 2006.

"It's a huge relief," said goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 25 shots. "It wasn't fun for anybody. It got frustrating, but everybody stuck together."

The Penguins took a 1-0 lead on Steve Sullivan's goal at 1:49 of the second. Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen attempted to bring the puck out from behind the net, but it slipped away from him and out to the Penguins' Matt Cooke below the right circle. He passed to Sullivan in the low slot, and Sullivan easily got the puck past Clemmensen trying to get back in position.

"Maybe we needed to get a little bit of a miscue and a fortunate goal to get us started," coach Dan Bylsma said.

Crosby skates: Sidney Crosby skated for the first time in more than a month because of concussion symptoms, after the Penguins' morning skate. "The symptoms are getting a lot better, but I wouldn't say (I'm) symptom free," he said. Crosby said he has been having dizziness and balance problems.

Around the league: The instigator of a brutal fight that ended with a Rangers fan lying in a Philadelphia intersection after the Winter Classic was charged with assault. Dennis Veteri of Glassboro, N.J., threw the punch that turned a verbal dispute between Flyers and Rangers fans physical after the teams' Jan. 2 game, then landed a blow that knocked an off-duty police officer and Iraq war veteran unconscious, Philadelphia police said. Veteri was arrested Thursday and released on bail Friday. … Commissioner Gary Bettman, at the Penguins-Panthers game, shot down any chance of the Winter Classic being played in South Florida, citing "chemistry.'' The Panthers had thought the Marlins' new stadium could lure the game. … Blackhawks agitator Daniel Carcillo is out for the season with a torn ACL sustained on a hit that got him suspended for seven games Jan. 2 vs. the Oilers.

Penguins 0 2 2 4
at Panthers 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesAsham, Pit, major (fighting), 4:39; Barch, Fla, major (fighting), 4:39; Dupuis, Pit (tripping), 5:40; Weiss, Fla (tripping), 11:33; Versteeg, Fla (slashing), 13:39.

Second Period1, Pitts., Sullivan 8 (Cooke), 1:49. 2, Pitts., Malkin 18 (Neal, Kunitz), 19:25. PenaltiesTangradi, Pit, major (fighting), 4:47; Gudbranson, Fla, major (fighting), 4:47; Weiss, Fla (tripping), 9:12.

Third Period3, Pitts., Ty.Kennedy 6 (Orpik, Dupuis), :36. 4, Fla., Repik 2 (Garrison, Barch), 6:55. 5, Pitts., Neal 22 (Kunitz), 15:43. PenaltiesRepik, Fla (interference), 1:39. ShotsPitts. 18-14-9—41. Fla. 6-11-9—26. PP opportunitiesPitts. 0 of 4; Fla. 0 of 1. GoaliesPitts., Fleury 20-12-2 (26 shots-25 saves). Fla., Clemmensen 5-2-3 (41-37).

at Blue Jackets 2 2 0 4
Coyotes 1 1 1 3

First Period1, Pho, Aucoin 2 (Korpikoski, Gordon), 1:49. 2, Clm, Kubalik 1 (Johnson, Vermette), 5:32. 3, Clm, Nash 15 (Savard, Brassard), 7:09. PenaltiesDoan, Pho (holding), 11:15.

Second Period4, Clm, Russell 1 (Pahlsson, Dorsett), 1:52. 5, Pho, Korpikoski 10 (Vrbata, Ekman-Larsson), 8:48. 6, Clm, Brassard 6 (Tyutin, Nikitin), 18:36. PenaltiesDorsett, Clm (boarding), 15:50.

Third Period7, Pho, Vrbata 22 (Korpikoski, Ekman-Larsson), 11:12. PenaltiesNone. Shots Pho 6-13-16—35. Clm 15-8-9—32. PP opportunitiesPho 0 of 1; Clm 0 of 1. GoaliesPho, LaBarbera 3-7-1 (32 shots-28 saves). Clm, Sanford 7-9-3 (35-32).

at Sabres 2 1 0 3
Maple Leafs 2 0 0 2

First Period1, Buff, Ellis 3 (Gaustad, Kaleta), 1:05. 2, Buff, Gaustad 4 (McNabb, Kaleta), 3:53. 3, Tor, Grabovski 14 (Schenn, Gunnarsson), 14:06. 4, Tor, Crabb 7 (Grabovski), 16:52. PenaltiesBrown, Tor (delay of game), 17:05.

Second Period5, Buff, Pominville 15 (Vanek), 14:13. PenaltiesVanek, Buf (kneeing), 4:26; Gerbe, Buf (hooking), 11:14; Gragnani, Buf (cross-checking), 15:47.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesTor bench, served by Kadri (too many men), 7:44; Gragnani, Buf (high stick), 9:01. ShotsTor 8-9-9—26. Buff 6-10-9—25. PP oppsTor 0 of 4; Buff 0 of 2. GoaliesTor, Gustavsson 13-8-0 (25 shots-22 saves). Buff, Miller 11-12-2 (26-24).

Penguins end six-game skid vs. Panthers 01/13/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:02am]
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