PHILADELPHIA -- The fading Flyers missed a chance to move into first-place tie in the Metropolitan Division on Wednesday night.
They dropped a 5-2 decision to Pittsburgh at the Wells Fargo Center and slipped three points behind the Penguins, who climbed atop the Metro, one point ahead of idle Washington.
The Flyers are in third place with 15 regular-season games remaining. They are just three points ahead of New Jersey, the wild-card leader.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Flyers, who had a 12-game points streak (10-0-2) before their current skid.
Conor Sheary scored a pair of goals and Sidney Crosby had three assists to pace Pittsburgh, which has won all three meetings against the Flyers this season.
Trailing 2-1, Pittsburgh scored the last three goals of the second period, including two by Sheary, to build a 4-2 lead.
With the Flyers on a power play, Jordan Weal appeared to have an open net in front, but the puck bounced over his stick and the Penguins went down the other end and eventually made it 4-2 as Sheary scored on a rebound with 39.3 seconds left in the second period.
The Flyers' power play was 0 for 5 on the night and is 1 for 19 in the last six games.
Evgeni Malkin closed the scoring with an empty-net goal.
After playing an undisciplined first period, the Flyers swarmed Penguins rookie Tristan Jarry early in the second stanza and took a 2-1 lead on goals by Jake Voracek (15th) and Travis Konecny (18th).