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Crosby leads Penguins over Florida

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Chris Conner scored his first goal of the season with 7:04 remaining in the third period to lift the Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby had power-play goals and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for the Pens, who improved to 5-0-1 in its last six games.

Penguins 3 – Panthers 2

BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla.

After falling behind by two goals early, the Panthers’ and their comeback effort were not enough to topple the Pens, who won in Florida Monday night, 3-2. Sidney Crosby had two points, Pittsburgh’s PK was perfect and Chris Conner’s first goal of the season ended up being the game-winner in the Penguins’ fifth win in six games.

GAME FLOW

Dominating the game throughout the first 18 minutes, the Penguins scored two power play goals, earning a 2-0 advantage by the midpoint of the first period. Kris Letang’s blast from the point on the power play put the Pens up by one. Sidney Crosby scored his 15th of the season, making a nifty backhand to forehand play and slipping a quick shot past Tomas Vokoun to double the Pens’ lead. With his goal and the second assist on Letang’s marker, Crosby became tied with Steve Stamkos for the NHL’s scoring lead. Cory Stillman cut the Pens’ lead in half, though, tipping in a rebound with 35 seconds left in the first.

The Panthers finally looked ready to play, and the Pens saw their lead evaporate completely in the second period when Bryan McCabe’s snap shot eluded Fleury.

The 2-2 stalemate continued until late in the third period when Chris Conner, taking a feed in the low slot from Mark Letestu, put his first goal of the season past Vokoun’s short side to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Pens. Pittsburgh withstood a late flurry of offense from the Panthers to maintain their lead and earn another two points in the standings.

SCORE SHEET

Goals:
Kris Letang (4), Sidney Crosby (15) and Chris Conner (1) scored for Pittsburgh. Cory Stillman (3) and Bryan McCabe (2) had goals for Florida.

Assists: Paul Martin, Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy, Evgeni Malkin, Mark Letestu and Zbynek Michalek each assisted once for the Penguins. Jason Garrison, Michael Frolik, David Booth and Bill Thomas assisted for the Panthers.

IN THE NET

Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves on 29 shots. Tomas Vokoun stopped 23 of 26 in the Panthers’ loss.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Pens were 2-3 on the power play. The Panthers went 0-5 with the extra attacker.

UP NEXT

The Dads’ trip continues as the Pens and their fathers leave warm Florida weather behind to take on the Sabres, who are 3-7-1 at home this season, in Buffalo Wednesday night.

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