11/13/2006 10:37:01 PM
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - The difference between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers at present is that the Penguins have a future.
The Penguins got goals from all three of their young stars - Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin - en route to a 3-2 triumph over the reeling Flyers, who have lost six straight games.
Malkin netted the game-winner - his ninth goal to lead all rookies - with 2:03 remaining. The 20-year-old Russian took a feed from former Flyer Mark Recchi and drilled a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past goaltender Antero Niittymaki.
The tally brought an end to the Penguins' five-game losing streak and lifted Pittsburgh to its third win in as many meetings with Philadelphia this season.
The lowly Flyers actually played one of their better games of the season but still came up short. They are off to the worst start in franchise history and rank last in the league in wins (eight), points (16) and next-to-last with 35 goals.