Penguins win streak ends at 12 games

Sidney Crosby’s two assists and Evgeni Malkin’s two goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday weren’t enough to keep the Pittsburgh Penguins from experiencing their first loss since mid- November. Since experiencing that loss back on November 15 against the New York Rangers, the Penguins caught fire and went on a 12 game winning streak which has propelled them into second place overall with 44 points. Flyers forward Scott Hartnell scored a third period power play goal which proved to be the difference in what was a 3-2 game. “It’s the battle of Pennsyvania, Hartnell who now has 8 goals on the season said. It was a big measuring game. It was intense and we played well enough to win.” Despite the loss there was still some positive news for Pens fans on this night as captain Sidney Crosby extended his impressive scoring streak to 19 games. Still even though he kept this streak alive Crosby who now has 62 points in 36 career games against Philadelphia didn’t want to talk about individual achievements. “You never like losing and just because we won however many we won doesn’t change that feeling, and I don’t think it ever will,” Crosby said about losing. You go out there and you work hard and you have an objective in mind to win a game and you don’t – so no, it’s not a good feeling. Luckily for us we have a game (Wednesday) night, so we can look to respond.” For the record Crosby has scored 20 goals and 18 assists during the streak. Another positive for Pittsburgh fans is that Evgeni Malkin returned and looked healthy after missing four games due to a knee injury. Meanwhile with the victory Philadelphia has now won five of their past six and has leap frogged Pittsburgh for first overall with 45 points. Scoring for Philadelphia were Claude Giroux, Nikolay Zherdev and Hartnell. The Flyers were presented with numerous power plays as they outshot Pittsburgh by a wide 37-23 margin. “We got to a point where we draw even, and we spent a lot of energy killing penalties against dangerous guys, Bylsma said. It also took our team away from trying to get to the offensive zone and mount any kind of pressure. It took away from us in the third period.”

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