Penguins Win in OT
Uniondale, n.y. — Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal in the third period and then won it with a brilliant individual effort 3:44 into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Crosby, who tied it with a power-play goal with 12:00 left in regulation, stole the puck just outside the New York blue line, streaked down the middle between two defenseman and jammed a backhander past goalie Anders Nilsson for his 15th goal this season.
Nilsson was the hard-luck loser in overtime for the second straight game. New York, which has lost seven straight (0-5-2), gave up the lead late to Washington on Saturday.
Evgeni Malkin assisted on power-play goals by James Neal and Crosby to back Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 21 saves. His best stop came on Frans Nielsen’s penalty shot in the third when New York led 2-1.
Kyle Okposo scored twice in the first period for the Islanders.
Blue Jackets 1, Lightning 0
Columbus, Ohio — Nick Foligno scored a highlight-reel goal in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney made it stand up as Columbus beat Tampa Bay.
Bobrovsky, winner of the Vezina Trophy last year as the NHL’s top goalie, stopped all 18 shots before he left with an unspecified injury 4:13 into the third period. He was replaced by McElhinney, who made the last eight saves.
Tampa Bay’s Valterri Filppula’s shot just slid past the corner of the goal as time expired and the Lightning were shut out for the second game in a row. They have lost their last five road games.
The game was played before the smallest crowd of the year at Nationwide Arena — 10,223.
Hurricanes 4, Capitals 1
Washington — Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist, Justin Peters stopped 26 shots and Carolina cruised past Washington.
Andrej Sekera and Jiri Tlusty also scored for the Hurricanes, who had lost two straight and six of eight before bouncing back to equal their most lopsided victory of the season.
Skinner’s two goals and three points both tied career highs. Now in his fourth NHL season, the 21-year-old Toronto native last scored two goals in a game in January 2013, against Buffalo.
Canucks 3, Predators 1
Nashville, Tenn. — Ryan Kesler scored a pair of third period goals, leading Vancouver over Nashville.
Brad Richardson also scored for Vancouver, which has won three of four.
Colin Wilson scored for Nashville, losers of three straight.
Sharks 4, Maple Leafs 2
Toronto — Mike Brown had a goal against his former team and Joe Thornton scored on a 5-on-3 power play, leading the Sharks over Toronto for their sixth straight win.
Brad Stuart and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, winners of nine of 10. Phil Kessel netted his 200th career goal and Mason Raymond also scored in Toronto’s fifth straight loss.
Senators 4, Panthers 2
Sunrise, Fla. — Colin Greening scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Craig Anderson stopped 30 shots, leading Ottawa over Florida.
Bobby Ryan, Erik Condra and Joe Corvo also scored for the Senators.
Jonathan Huberdeau and Brian Campbell scored goals for Florida and Tim Thomas stopped 41 shots.
Stars 4, Blackhawks 3
Chicago — Kari Lehtonen had a season-high 47 saves, Antoine Roussel converted a penalty shot in the third period and Dallas snapped the Blackhawks’ six-game winning streak.
Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who had dropped four of five, including consecutive shootout losses at home in their previous two games. Alex Chiasson and Erik Cole also scored.
Patrick Sharp scored his 200th goal with Chicago in the Blackhawks’ first home game since a 5-1 victory over San Jose on Nov. 17.