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Flyers collapse at the end, lose in OT to Penguins as losing streak reaches 8

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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PITTSBURGH -- Facing the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins, in Pittsburgh, is not the best scenario for a team looking to end a seven-game losing streak.

Just ask the Flyers.

Sidney Crosby scored on a tip-in with 3 minutes, 12 seconds left in overtime Monday, giving the Penguins a 5-4 victory over the shell-shocked Flyers at PPG Paints Arena.

They have lost eight straight, their longest skid since 2008. Their last three losses were in overtime.

Michael Raffl skated around Phil Kessel with a power move and scored on a backhander with 3:41 left, snapping a 3-3 tie.

But with their goalie pulled for an extra attacker, the Penguins' Jake Guentzel scored on a deflection in front of the net to tie the game at 4-4 with 64 seconds remaining. The play started when Crosby won a faceoff from Claude Giroux.

 

The Flyers have been outscored, 14-2, after the second period in the last eight games. Think about that.

The Penguins had a 19-7 shots domination in the third period, and they had a 50-32 advantage after regulation.

Patric Hornqvist (power-play rebound) and Bryan Rust scored 39 seconds apart early in the third period, enabling the Penguins to forge a 3-3 tie.

Rust tied it with 18:14 left in regulation. After blocking Shayne Gostisbehere's shot, and getting ahead of the pack, he used a series of moves on goalie Brian Elliott and knocked his own rebound out of midair and into the net.

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