Weise helps Fly­ers de­feat Pen­guins 4-2

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Sports - BY DAN SCIFO

Dale Weise scored in the first minute of the third pe­riod and the Philadel­phia Fly­ers held on for a 4-2 vic­tory over the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins on Satur­day night.

Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny and Jakub Vo­racek also scored for the Fly­ers, who won for the sec­ond time in eight games. An­thony Sto­larz stopped 30 shots.

Sid­ney Crosby scored his 14th for Pitts­burgh, while Ri­ley Shea­han also scored for the Pen­guins, who lost their sec­ond straight and sev­enth of 10. Casey DeSmith made 22 saves.

Weise gave Philadel­phia a 3-2 lead 51 sec­onds into the third pe­riod with a short-handed goal. He beat DeSmith be­tween the pads on the break­away for his sec­ond goal this season. The Pen­guins have al­lowed a league-worst six short-handed goals.

Sto­larz kept the Fly­ers in front when he stopped Derek Grant on a short-handed break­away later in the pe­riod. Vo­racek sealed it with an empty-net­ter.

It was the first meet­ing of the season be­tween the crossstate ri­vals. It was also the first game since the Pen­guins swept the reg­u­lar-season se­ries and elim­i­nated the Fly­ers in the first round of the Stan­ley Cup play­offs last spring.

The Fly­ers, who started the day last in the East­ern Con­fer­ence, fired gen­eral man­ager Ron Hex­tall ear­lier this week in ad­di­tion to their as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager and an as­sis­tant coach in an or­ga­ni­za­tional purge.

Crosby opened the scor­ing 39 sec­onds into the game. He fin­ished a 2-on-1 with a one­timer on a pass from Jake Guentzel. Crosby, who recorded his 11th ca­reer hat trick Wed­nes­day against Colorado, has 14 goals and 24 points in his last 16 games. Crosby and Guentzel are both rid­ing a four-game point streak.

Konecny evened the score when he beat DeSmith to the blocker side on a break­away. Konecny has points in five of his last six games.

The teams traded goals 1:03 apart in the sec­ond pe­riod. Shea­han gave Pitts­burgh a brief lead and Giroux tied it on a one-timer from a sharp an­gle near the goal line.

Notes: Pa­tric Horn­qvist re­turned for Pitts­burgh af­ter missing three games with a con­cus­sion. … Fly­ers F Jori Le­htera played in his 300th NHL game. He was a healthy scratch the pre­vi­ous three games. … The Fly­ers recorded their first power play in eight pe­ri­ods on Satur­day. Their most re­cent power play came two games ago Nov. 23 against the New York Rangers. … The Pen­guins and Fly­ers will play an out­door game Feb. 23 at Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field in Philadel­phia.

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Fly­ers: Meet Colum­bus at home on Thurs­day. Pen­guins: Con­tinue a three­game home­s­tand Tues­day against Colorado.

GENE J. PUSKAR AP

Michael Raffl (12) of the Philadel­phia Fly­ers catches him­self on the goal cage to try to keep from fall­ing be­hind Pitts­burgh Pen­guins goal­tender Casey DeSmith dur­ing the first pe­riod Satur­day in Pitts­burgh.

The Fly­ers’ Travis Konecny (11) cel­e­brates as he skates past Pen­guins goal­tender Casey DeSmith af­ter scor­ing in the first pe­riod.

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