Crosby, Pens Crush Caps
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) makes a save on a shot by Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Pittsburgh — Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to six games with a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins pounded the lifeless Washington Capitals 5-2 last night.
Evgeni Malkin also added a goal and two assists while Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Matt Cooke scored for the Penguins, who have won five straight. Pittsburgh’s revamped power play produced three goals, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the Penguins, who moved atop the Eastern Conference standings by beating Washington at home in regulation for the first time in more than five years.
Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro scored for Washington but couldn’t stop the NHL’s worst team from losing for the fifth time in its last six games. Michal Neuvirth made nine saves for the Capitals before getting pulled for Braden Holtby, who promptly let in three goals in his first seven minutes on the ice.
Sabres 5, Canadiens 4 (so)
Buffalo, n.y. — Thomas Vanek scored twice in regulation, including the tying tally with 2 seconds left, and added a shootout goal to rally Buffalo past Montreal.
Jason Pominville also scored in the shootout and Ryan Miller clinched the victory by making a left pad save to stop Brian Gionta on Montreal’s final opportunity.
Buffalo rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to snap a three-game skid and win for the second time in its past nine games. Vanek, the NHL’s leading scorer with 10 goals and 21 points, keyed the comeback by scoring both third-period goals, his second coming during a scramble in front at 19:58.
Rangers 4, Islanders 1
New York — Teenage rookie J.T. Miller scored his first two NHL goals in his second career game to lift the Rangers to their second win in three games.
Miller, who won’t turn 20 until March, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 1:29 in and then pushed their advantage to 3-1 in the second period with a rare power-play goal for the club. Marian Gaborik also scored, defenseman Marc Staal had two assists and Ryan McDonagh added an empty-net goal for the Rangers.
The Rangers have an eight-game winning streak over the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, outscoring them 35-11.
Devils 4, Lightning 2
Newark, n.j. — Ilya Kovalchuk broke a tie with a short-handed goal late in the second period and New Jersey won its third straight game.
Andy Greene and Patrik Elias iced the game with power-play goals 14 seconds apart with less than 5 minutes to play as the Devils (6-1-3) sent the Lightning to their third consecutive loss. Elias also had two assists.
Blue Jackets 3 (ot)
Columbus, Ohio — Alex Tanguay scored on a one-timer 1:07 into overtime to lead Calgary to victory in a battle of Western Conference cellar-dwellers.
Panthers 3, Flyers 2 (so)
Philadelphia — Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter Mueller both scored goals in a shootout to lead Florida to the win.
Florida’s Stephen Weiss tied the game at 2 midway through the third period with his first goal of the season. Jack Skille also scored for the Panthers.
Senators 2 (ot)
Ottawa — Cam Ward made 45 saves and Jay Harrison scored 2:19 into overtime to rally Carolina over Ottawa.
Harrison’s winner came off a scramble in front as he banged a loose puck past Senators goalie Craig Anderson.
Chad LaRose and Alexander Semin scored in regulation for the Hurricanes, who have won five of their last seven.
Predators 3, Kings 0
Nashville, Tenn. — Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season and Colin Wilson scored two goals to lead Nashville over Los Angeles.
Nashville has won four games in a row while the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings have dropped three of their past four.
Canucks 4, Wild 1
St. Paul, Minn. — Corey Schneider made 22 saves and Mason Raymond had a power-play goal and an assist in the second period to lead Vancouver past sputtering Minnesota, the fourth straight win for the Canucks.