Crosby, Penguins defeat Flyers, take lead in East Division


Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins take the lead in the MassMutual East Division with a 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Jake Guentzel had a goal and two assists, Evgeni Malkin had two assists, and Tristan Jarry made 30 saves for the Penguins (35-16-3), who have won seven of their past nine and are two points ahead of the second-place Washington Capitals in the eight-team division. Each has clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Malkin missed 23 games because of a lower-body injury before returning with an assist in a 7-2 loss to the Flyers here Monday.

Brian Elliott made 24 saves in his 500th NHL game, and Claude Giroux had two assists for the Flyers (23-23-7), who have lost four of five and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Marcus Pettersson put the Penguins ahead 1-0 at 1:44 of the first period. He skated above the crease and tucked a backhand through the five-hole for his second goal of the season and first since Jan. 17.

Guentzel made it 2-0 on the power play at 3:10 of the second period by shooting under Elliott as the goalie fell on his back.

Crosby extended the lead to 3-0 at 5:44. He reached back around Philadelphia defenseman Ivan Provorov to deflect a shot from Pettersson in the right face-off circle.

Justin Braun cut it to 3-1 by collecting a loose puck around the crease for a wrist shot at 8:21.

Sean Couturier shot off Penguins forward Jeff Carter‘s skate to make it 3-2 at 18:40 of the second.

Jason Zucker extended the Pittsburgh lead to 4-2 with a wrist shot at 7:49 of the third period.

Travis Konecny cut it to 4-3 when he centered the puck and it went in off Penguins defenseman John Marino at 10:23.

Crosby made it 5-3 with a one-timer at 12:33.

Mark Friedman pushed the lead to 6-3 with an empty-net goal at 15:53 before Marino scored on the power play for the 7-3 final at 16:57.

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