PITTSBURGH - About 7 minutes. That's all the Flyers needed to hang on.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Flyers were 7 minutes away from kicking off their playoff push with an important two points.
Seven minutes away from ending Pittsburgh's precious 11-game winning streak for the third season in a row.
Seven minutes away from surviving a hellacious third-period onslaught against a team that is now tied for the league lead in wins when trailing after two periods this season.
Seven minutes away from Ilya Bryzgalov's second shutout of the season. The Flyers' plane was practically warming up on a snowy, Pittsburgh runway, ready to whisk the team away.
And then the referee's arm went up - twice in a span on 23 seconds, turning 7 minutes into what felt like 7 months. First Wayne Simmonds and then Kimmo Timonen, forming a parade to the penalty box.
On the ensuing five-on-three advantage, Paul Martin floated a cross-ice pass and Sidney Crosby hammered a one-timer by Bryzgalov to knot the game with 6:14 left and send it to overtime, where the Flyers fell, 2-1, on a perfectly placed Tyler Kennedy shot.
"Our guys played hard," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought the third period was going the way we wanted it to go until the penalty. They didn't have a lot of chances. Especially their top line - they'd been hot. I think that's definitely something you've got to try to contain. It was one of those tight-checking games both ways."
Pittsburgh captured their 12th straight win, barely avoiding their streak killers from years past. The Flyers snapped Pittsburgh's 11-game streak last year on March 18 and busted a 12-game run on Dec. 14, 2010. Scott Hartnell scored the game-winner in both of those games; Claude Giroux was 6 minutes away from sharing the honor.
The Penguins (12-0-0) have not lost since Feb. 28. They've given up only nine goals in their last eight games.
"It was a tough five-on-three," Giroux said. "The last two games here, that's what we did, given them five-on-threes at the end of the third. It's frustrating to see that. We still get a point, but we needed that other point."
With the point, the Flyers pushed their record to 7-1-1 at Consol Energy Center since stealing the opening game at Pittsburgh's new arena on Oct. 7, 2010.
Without the extra point, the Flyers failed to make up any extra ground in the standings - on a night when the Rangers and Capitals split up three points. They remain five points back of eighth place in the East with 17 games to play.
"I wish we had the two points," Max Talbot said. "The five-on-three killed us. They played aggressively. We blocked a lot of shots, and we were all right until there were  minutes left."
Seven minutes. After a gutty and bloody road effort, with players littering the ice to block shots, the Flyers (4-12-1 away from home) had but a single point to show for it. Seven minutes away from a marquee win in a season that desperately needs a defining moment.
"We could have won that game, 1-0," Giroux said. "It was one of our best games defensively. We won pucks, we won battles. Even if we only got one point tonight, I think we've got a lot of things we need to find a positive in. We had our chances."
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