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Penguins score twice on power play

PHILADELPHIA (AP) --The worst team in the NHL found a way to beat
the top team in the Atlantic Division.

Dick Tarnstrom and Tom Kostopoulos scored power-play goals, and
the Pittsburgh Penguins held off Philadelphia 2-1 Monday night,
extending the Flyers' winless streak to five games.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 33 saves for the Penguins, who were
coming off an 8-0 loss against Montreal on Saturday. Pittsburgh
dropped four of its previous five.

"We've been struggling big time with both power plays and
penalty killing," Tarnstrom said. "On my goal, I just wrested it
toward the net and had a lot of traffic in front of me."

Aubin preserved the win with a brilliant save of Mark Recchi's
backhander with 1:35 left in the third period. He also came up big
when the Flyers had a two-man advantage that lasted for 1:46 in the
second period.

"I was just trying to do my job and keep us in the game,"
Aubin said. "We played tight the whole game. Our guys cut away a
lot of passes and took away a lot of rebounds. I think it was a
great team effort."

Mike Comrie scored the only goal for the Flyers, who had gone
127 minutes, 31 seconds without scoring. The Flyers were beaten by
Edmonton 3-0 at home on Saturday.

"You're just not going to win hockey games by scoring one
goal," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We are going to
need production from our people. We're really in a tough state. We
have a lot of people right now who are really struggling
offensively."

Philadelphia has been outscored 16-6 during its winless streak
(0-4-1), but still clings to first place in the Atlantic by three
points over New Jersey.

"We have pucks hitting the post, hitting the net," forward
Jeremy Roenick said. "We have to stay together as a team. You hear
the fans booing. Everybody is talking about how bad we are. The
guys in here have to do it, nobody else."

Tarnstrom put the Penguins ahead 1-0 at 16:12 of the first
period, snapping off a shot from the left circle that sailed
through a screen past goaltender Robert Esche.

Kostopoulos made it 2-0 at 12:32 of the second. Esche was unable
to control a drive by Rico Fata, and Kostopoulos hammered the puck
into an open net.

"I just got a good pass from the defenseman (Martin Strbak) and
fed it over to Rico," Kostopoulos said. "With his speed, he put
it on net and I was just lucky enough to get it in."

Comrie brought the Flyers within 2-1 at 4:35 of the third
period, deflecting a shot from the left point by Chris Therien low
to Aubin's stick side.

Pittsburgh was 1-20-1 in its previous 22 games at Philadelphia
the past 10 seasons, and hadn't won there since Nov. 24, 2000.
Before then, the Flyers were unbeaten against the Penguins in eight
games overall (7-0-1).

Game notes
Pittsburgh scored two power-play goals, the same amount the
Penguins had in their previous 51 chances. ... Tarnstrom leads
Pittsburgh in scoring with 22 points. ... The Flyers, who started
the season with 11 straight home wins, are 1-6 in Philadelphia
since. ... Philadelphia D Joni Pitkanen returned after missing two
games due to a head injury sustained at Buffalo last Wednesday. ...
Roenick hit the post at the end of the two-man advantage, and
Michal Handzus did the same with a deflected shot in the third.