PHILADELPHIA – Sidney Crosby scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway with 46.7 seconds left in overtime, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Ryan Malone had a goal, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 shots, helping the Penguins improve to 6-3-2 since going winless in their first nine games.

Joni Pitkanen scored two power-play goals for Philadelphia, which had won nine straight at home.

Crosby took a long, breakout pass from Malone near center ice, skated in alone and beat Antero Niittymaki to win it.

Fleury stopped two point-blank shots by Mike Knuble and Mike Rathje in overtime. He started because a puck hit Jocelyn Thibault in the throat in warmups. Thibault’s injury didn’t appear serious.

Pitkanen scored his goals 1:34 apart to tie it after the Penguins had scored twice in a 56-second span early in the third.

Pitkanen took a crisp pass from NHL assists-leader Peter Forsberg and one-timed a shot just inside the post to tie it 2-2 at 6:44 of the third.

He slipped a shot between Fleury’s legs to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Malone gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 2:03 into the third. He got a pass from Crosby and slapped a shot past Niittymaki. Crosby stuffed one in during a scramble in front of the net to make it 2-0.

Islanders 7, Thrashers 3

ATLANTA – Shawn Bates scored twice, including a short-handed goal in the closing minutes of the third period to help the New York Islanders to their third straight victory, 7-3 over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

Bates clinched the win with his eighth goal with just over seven minutes left and the Islanders leading 4-3 when he beat Thrashers goaltender Adam Berkhoel on a breakaway with his team down a man.

Miroslav Satan, who also had two goals, made it 6-3 with about four minutes remaining. Jason Blake made it a rout with a power-play goal with 27 seconds left in the Islanders’ highest-scoring game of the season.

Blues 2, Blue Jackets 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist in the third period, and Curtis Stanford posted his second career shutout in St. Louis’ 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night that ended the Blues’ franchise-record, 11-game losing skid.

The game was also Sergei Fedorov’s debut in a Blue Jackets uniform. Fedorov was acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Tuesday. Scott Young added a goal for the Blues, who hadn’t won since a 3-2 victory over Anaheim on Oct. 19.

Sanford, spelling starter Patrick Lalime, stopped 36 shots in only his 10th NHL game.

Stempniak, who scored the Blues’ only goal a week earlier in Columbus in a 3-1 loss, broke up the scoreless game with 7:47 remaining.

Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard’s blind pass from the blue line went to Stempniak, who was all alone coming in from the left wing on goaltender Marc Denis with Jan Hrdina trying to cut him off. Stempniak coasted in front across the crease, faked and then flipped the puck past Denis.

Flames 3, Red Wings 1

CALGARY, Alberta – Tony Amonte scored one and goal and assisted on another to lead the Calgary Flames to their eighth straight victory Wednesday night, 3-1 over the Detroit Red Wings.

Chuck Kobasew notched the winning goal on a second-period power play, Daymond Langkow chipped in with two assists, and former Red Wings forward Darren McCarty also scored for the Flames.

Robert Lang scored the lone goal for the Red Wings (15-4-1), who lost their second straight road game after winning their first seven away from Joe Louis Arena. Calgary improved to 9-1-1 on home ice and posted its first eight-game winning streak since the 1992-93 season.

After registering a club-record 25 shots in the first period of a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night, it took the Flames 7:37 to register their first shot on Detroit goalie Manny Legace.

Earlier in the period, Brendan Shanahan stole the puck off the stick of defenseman Andrew Ference at the blue line and put it right on the stick of Lang, who was sent on a breakaway. Lang took a few strides toward the Calgary net and snapped a shot through the legs of goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to put Detroit up 1-0.

Calgary tied it when Langkow put a perfect pass onto the stick of Amonte, who broke in alone and wristed a shot through Legace’s legs.

Calgary had four shots in the first period but rebounded to post 16 in the second. The Flames capitalized on their increased scoring chances.

On the third of three power-play chances in the second, Kobasew showed great hand-eye coordination as he whacked a second effort past Legace for the go-ahead goal.

McCarty extended the lead to 3-1 at 2:03 of the third, picking up the puck behind the net and backhanding a wraparound shot past Legace into the far corner.

Calgary improved to 8-0-1 when leading after two periods, while Detroit slipped to 0-4 when trailing heading into the third.

Notes: Amonte and Jarome Iginla, who drew an assist on Kobasew’s goal, extended their point streaks to five games, while rookie Dion Phaneuf’s four-game run ended. … The Red Wings are 5-0 this season when Shanahan scores the game’s first goal. … The Flames ended a four-game losing streak to the Red Wings. Their last victory over Detroit was Jan. 25, 2003, at home.

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