Comeback kills the Flyers

Sidney Crosby stood near centre ice, answering questions from a television reporter while a few lingering fans berated him.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz

Penguins 5 Flyers 3

PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby stood near centre ice, answering questions from a television reporter while a few lingering fans berated him.

Crosby never flinched. He finished the interview and let the scoreboard do his talking back to the fans.

Sergei Gonchar scored 2:19 into the third period and the Penguins eliminated the Flyers with a 5-3 victory Saturday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.

“It felt good,” said Crosby, who scored the tying goal in the second period and had an empty-netter in the final minute. “We’ve had huge rivalries over the years. It’s a loud building. They were playing well and the crowd was into to it, so to hear a little silence was gratifying.”

The Penguins, who beat the Flyers in the conference final last year, have to wait to find out who they’ll play next.

Meanwhile, the Flyers have to wait another year to pursue their first Stanley Cup since 1975.

“We did a lot of good things, but the fact of the matter is we still lost and we’re out,” Philadelphia captain Mike Richards said.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Mark Eaton also scored for the Penguins, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves.

Mike Knuble and Joffrey Lupul scored 51 seconds apart late in the first period and Daniel Briere had a power-play goal for the Flyers.

After the Penguins scored three straight goals to tie it in the second, Gonchar quickly put them ahead in the third. He ripped a slap shot past Martin Biron for his first goal of the series.

“It brought a smile to my face when he scored because I had read that he hadn’t been scoring,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

The Flyers had a chance to tie it several minutes later, but Claude Giroux hit the crossbar on a slap shot.

Philadelphia stayed alive with a 3-0 victory in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. But the Flyers couldn’t protect a 3-0 lead at home. They’re 0-14 in series after trailing 3-1, and haven’t forced a Game 7 since losing to Edmonton in the 1987 Stanley Cup final.

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