Pens Prevail in Overtime
Raleigh, n.c. — James Neal scored at 1:03 of overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Friday night.
NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby had a goal, and Chris Conner and Deryk Engelland each scored in the third period to help the Eastern Conference leaders win their 13th in 15 games.
Neal, who also had two assists, ended it by beating Justin Peters with a wrist shot off a pretty give-and-go from Jussi Jokinen — the former Carolina forward’s third assist.
Capitals 3 Rangers 2
Washington — Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:09 left to lift Washington over New York.
Moments after New York defenseman Dan Girardi’s drive hit the post, Fehr took a pass from Backstrom during a 4-on-4 play, skated in, and beat goalie Cam Talbot from the right circle for his sixth goal.
Blue Jackets 2, Devils 1 (so)
Newark, n.j. — Cam Atkinson scored in the shootout to lead Columbus over New Jersey.
Curtis McElhinney made 16 saves for Columbus, which has won three in a row. Artem Anisimov scored the Blue Jackets’ goal in regulation.
New Jersey has lost two in a row. Martin Brodeur stopped 29 of 30 shots, and Adam Henrique scored for the Devils in the third period.
Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 (so)
Toronto — Jonathan Bernier stopped all three Sabres in the shootout to give Toronto a win over Buffalo.
Matt Moulson, Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons all failed to beat Bernier.
Ryan Miller stopped Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk in the tiebreaker, but Joffrey Lupul beat him on a nifty backhand.
Blackhawks 7, Avalanche 2
Chicago — Patrick Sharp scored three goals for his third career hat trick and set up one of Jonathan Toews’ two scores to lead Chicago past Colorado.
Toews added two assists as both he and Sharp finished with four points. Michal Handzus and Kris Versteeg also scored for the Blackhawks.
Jets 6, Wild 4
Winnipeg, Manitoba — Blake Wheeler scored two goals and Winnipeg defeated Minnesota.
Wheeler ended a scramble in front of the Minnesota net when he poked the puck under Niklas Backstrom with 9:20 remaining in the third period for his 14th goal of the season, giving the Jets a 5-4 lead.
Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen, Dustin Byfuglien and Toby Enstrom added goals for Winnipeg. Dany Heatley, Justin Fontaine, Stephane Veilleux and Mikko Koivu scored for Minnesota.