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PHILADELPHIA -- Jussi Jokinen and Chris Kunitz scored 2:30 apart in the second period, Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 Thursday night.

Sidney Crosby also scored a goal for the Penguins, who improved to 6-1. Crosby has points in his first seven games for the first time in his career. Evgeni Malkin added an empty-netter.

Wayne Simmonds scored his first goal of the season for the struggling Flyers, who are off to the worst start in franchise history at 1-7. They have just 11 goals in eight games.

Down 2-0 late in the second period, the Flyers got back in it by snapping an 0-for-18 drought on the power play. Claude Giroux had control of the puck in the left circle, looked up at the clock, saw the seconds ticking down and took a shot. Simmonds deflected it in with 1.7 seconds left before intermission.

The Flyers had excellent chances to tie it in the third period, but couldn't get one into the net.

Fleury made an outstanding glove save on Simmonds' backhand-to-forehand shot from in front on Philadelphia's power-play chance early in the third.

Minutes later, Brayden Schenn hit the left post on yet another power-play opportunity for the Flyers.

Flyers goaltender Steve Mason then robbed Jokinen at the opposite end, gloving his point-blank shot to keep the deficit at one goal.

Crosby gave Pittsburgh a two-goal cushion with 2:32 left in the game.

The Penguins went up 1-0 by capitalizing on Kimmo Timonen's turnover. Malkin picked up the loose puck, skated in and fed Jokinen, who blasted a wrister past Mason.

Kunitz then made it 2-0 when he fired in a rebound after a shot by Matt Niskanen kicked out into the slot.

The Flyers started 0-3, costing Peter Laviolette his job as coach. Craig Berube replaced him and won his first game, but has lost four in a row.

NOTES: Crosby now has 29 goals and 44 assists in 44 regular-season games vs. Philadelphia. ... Malkin has 22 goals and 35 assists in 40 games against the Flyers. ... Penguins G Tomas Vokoun (blood clot), D Kris Letang (lower body), RW Matt D'Agostini (lower body), LW James Neal (upper body) and RW Beau Bennett (lower body) remain out. ... Flyers LW Scott Hartnell (upper body) and C Vincent Lecavalier (lower body) each missed their third consecutive game. ... The Flyers are 92-29-12 in 133 games vs. the Penguins in Philadelphia. ... The teams played for the first of five meetings this season.
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