Friday, December 15, 2017
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Penguins extend season with thrashing

PHILADELPHIA — Jordan Staal recorded a hat trick and Evgeni Malkin scored his first two goals of the series as the Penguins beat the Flyers 10-3 to avoid a sweep Wednesday.

"We've given ourselves a chance to get back to Pittsburgh," said Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby, who had a goal and two assists. "And that's all we wanted out of this game."

The Flyers led 3-2 before the Penguins scored eight in a row. They became the first team to score at least 10 in a playoff game since the Kings beat the Flames 12-4 on April 10, 1990.

"We're going to find out what kind of team we are," Flyers wing Jaromir Jagr said. "If we are the team like we think we are, we're going … respond in the next game."

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, shaky all series, was at his worst. He was yanked for Sergei Bobrovsky after the fifth goal. But there's little chance of a controversy. After earning big cheers for stopping his first shot, Bobrovsky was just as bad, allowing four goals in a span of 8:42 and five overall.

Marc-Andre Fleury made it stand and started to make up for the first three games, which saw him allow 17 goals.

"It was a crazy game in a lot of ways," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "But we got a lot of big saves at key times."

Sens tie series in OT

OTTAWA — Kyle Turris scored 2:42 into overtime to give the Senators a 3-2 victory over the Rangers that evened their series at 2. Ottawa, which also won Game 2 in overtime, trailed 2-0 just 6:10 in.

"We've got so much character in this room, and that led us through," Turris said. "We … tried to put pressure on them and chip away at their lead."

Rangers goalie Henrik Lund­qvist fell to 1-7 in overtime playoff games. New York has lost seven straight playoff overtime games since beating Buffalo on April 29, 2007.

Coyote suspended: Phoenix left wing Raffi Torres was suspended indefinitely for a hit Tuesday that knocked Chicago's Marian Hossa out of Game 3. Torres is set to meet with the league Friday. He left his feet and hit the head of Hossa, who didn't have the puck, with his shoulder. Hossa, Chicago's leading scorer, was briefly hospitalized and will miss at least tonight's Game 4.

Canucks-Kings: Daniel Sedin, whose 30 goals led Vancouver, returned Wednesday after missing 12 games with a concussion.

Capitals-Bruins: Boston coach Claude Julien said it's "ludicrous" to believe his team is targeting the head of Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who missed 40 games with a concussion. Capitals coach Dale Hunter made the accusation Tuesday. "I don't know any coach that would tell his team to go after somebody's head," Julien said. "It's ludicrous. It's ridiculous, okay?"

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First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Stralman 2 (Richards, Gaborik), :49 (pp). 2, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 2 (Gaborik, Richards), 6:10 (pp). PenaltiesSmith, Ott (boarding), :39; Karlsson, Ott (tripping), 5:45; Prust, NYR (boarding), 7:10; Konopka, Ott (roughing), 10:32; McDonagh, NYR (tripping), 14:54.

Second Period3, Ottawa, Michalek 1 (Carkner, Spezza), 7:04. 4, Ottawa, Gonchar 1 (Foligno, Neil), 17:50 (pp). PenaltiesMcDonagh, NYR (high-sticking), 1:21; Carkner, Ott (hooking), 4:55; Bickel, NYR (holding stick), 8:11; Smith, Ott (interference), 11:01; Anisimov, NYR (hooking), 16:48.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesFoligno, Ott (high-sticking), 1:55; Foligno, Ott (tripping), 14:35. First Overtime5, Ottawa, Turris 1 (O'Brien, Gonchar), 2:42. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 12-7-11-3—33. Ottawa 12-9-9-1—31. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 2 of 7; Ottawa 1 of 5. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 2-2-0 (31 shots-28 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 2-2-0 (33-31). A20,340 (19,153).

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First Period1, Philadelphia, Giroux 5 (Jagr, Simmonds), 1:14 (pp). 2, Pittsburgh, Malkin 1 (Dupuis, Park), 3:37. 3, Pittsburgh, Niskanen 1 (Crosby, Sullivan), 8:05 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, Timonen 1 (Giroux, Briere), 15:06 (pp). 5, Philadelphia, Voracek 2 (Simmonds, Hartnell), 15:52 (pp). 6, Pittsburgh, Crosby 3 (Niskanen, Malkin), 16:19. 7, Pittsburgh, Staal 3 (Tangradi, Cooke), 17:29. PenaltiesSullivan, Pit (high-sticking), :17; Malkin, Pit (hooking), 1:29; Coburn, Phi (holding), 6:42; Rinaldo, Phi (interference), 12:19; Kunitz, Pit (interference), 13:02; Orpik, Pit (cross-checking), 13:28; Cooke, Pit (high-sticking), 13:52; Carle, Phi (interference), 20:00.

Second Period8, Pittsburgh, Letang 1 (Crosby, Sullivan), 3:07 (pp). 9, Pittsburgh, Staal 4 (Kennedy, Cooke), 7:21 (pp). 10, Pittsburgh, Sullivan 1 (Fleury), 10:55 (pp). 11, Pittsburgh, Dupuis 2 (Kunitz), 14:59. 12, Pittsburgh, Staal 5 (Engelland), 16:03. PenaltiesGiroux, Phi (high-sticking), 2:51; Grossmann, Phi (tripping), 5:32; Carle, Phi (holding stick), 8:13; Read, Phi (roughing), 10:40; Park, Pit (interference), 12:01; Philadelphia bench, served by Wellwood (too many men), 12:01; Rinaldo, Phi (cross-checking, roughing), 16:43.

Third Period13, Pittsburgh, Malkin 2 (Kunitz, Kennedy), 4:04. PenaltiesCooke, Pit, minor-misconduct (holding stick), 8:48; Vitale, Pit, minor-misconduct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:48; Kubina, Phi, minor-misconduct (cross-checking), 8:48; Simmonds, Phi, minor-misconduct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:48. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 15-16-5—36. Philadelphia 11-9-5—25. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 4 of 9; Philadelphia 3 of 5. GoaliesPittsburgh, Fleury 1-3-0 (25 shots-22 saves). Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 3-1-0 (18-13), Bobrovsky (3:07 second, 18-13). A20,172 (19,537).

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