Penguins extend Flyers' season-opening misery

6:05 AM, Oct 18, 2013   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Evgeni Malkin picked up a goal and one assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins sent the Philadelphia Flyers to a franchise- worst start to a season by claiming a 4-1 decision on Thursday.

Even playing without top defenseman Kris Letang (knee) and key forward James Neal (lower-body), four different players lit the lamp, including Sidney Crosby, who increased his season-commencing point streak to seven games.

Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen also tallied for the Penguins, the Metropolitan Division leaders who improved to 6-1-0 on the year.

Pascal Dupuis added a pair of assists to back a 24-save effort from Marc-Andre Fleury.

Steve Mason continued his solid play, making 31 stops for the Flyers, who fell to 1-7-0 on the year -- one point worse than a 1-6-1 start to the 2006-07 campaign.

Wayne Simmonds recorded the lone goal for Philadelphia, whose anemic offense has produced 11 goals in eight contests.

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