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The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 16, 2018 1:00 am

NHL

Crosby unfazed by Philly fans' theatrics

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA – The kitschy light-up bracelets flickered in the darkened arena and another packed house roared “Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks!” Here's the thing Philly fans haven't yet accepted about Sidney Crosby over the last 13 years, he really doesn't care – especially not against the Flyers.

Crosby matched a postseason-best with four points on a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins silence the raucous crowd and beat Philadelphia 5-1 on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

“When we needed to, we made some good plays, we got some big saves and that's what you need this time of year,” Crosby said.

It's the path Pittsburgh took the last two seasons all the way to parade routes in June.

Crosby, who has 93 points in 63 career regular-season games against Philly, shut up the orange-and-black die-hards with a wraparound goal off a turnover midway through the first.

Two of the so-called fiercest rivals in the NHL have provided three lopsided games: Pittsburgh's 7-0 win in Game 1 and Philadelphia's 5-1 victory in Game 2 could about qualify as nail-biters in this series.

Game 4 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

WILD 6, JETS 2: In St. Paul, Minn.Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back against Winnipeg the Western Conference series.

The Wild will try to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2 in Game 4 at home Tuesday night.

BLUE JACKETS 5, CAPITALS 4 (OT): In Washington, Matt Calvert scored 12:22 into overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves and the Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

Calvert's goal held up after the NHL situation room reviewed the play for a possible offside. Calvert was just onside when Josh Anderson brought the puck into the zone.

Columbus heads home for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday two victories away from advancing to the second round for the first time in franchise history.