Weise nets 3rd-pe­riod win­ner; Sto­larz stops 30

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - NFL - By Dan Scifo

PITTS­BURGH, Pa. – 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 league­worst 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 cross-state 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 one-timer 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.

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.

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

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Pitts­burgh Pen­guin Sid­ney Crosby (right) puts the puck be­hind Philadel­phia Flyers goal­tender An­thony Sto­larz in the first pe­riod. Sto­larz, a for­mer Le­high Val­ley Phantom, made 30 saves for the win.

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