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Crosby's second goal lifts Penguins in OT

Sidney Crosby is a better shooter than actor.

The 18-year-old rookie sensation scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway with 46.7 seconds left in overtime, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia last night.

Crosby needed stitches on his upper lip after getting high-sticked in the second period. No penalty was called on the play and Crosby later got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for diving.

''It's frustrating," Crosby said. ''I go out for five minutes, come back in, and get hit in the face from the same guy."

Ryan Malone had a goal and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 shots, helping the Penguins improve to 6-3-2 since going winless in their first nine games.

Joni Pitkanen scored two power-play goals for Philadelphia, which had won nine straight at home.

With Philadelphia less than a minute away from its first shootout, Crosby took a long, breakout pass from Malone near center ice, skated in alone, and beat Antero Niittymaki to win it.

''If I can contribute and help out, it feels good," said Crosby, who has nine goals.

Islanders 7, Thrashers 3 -- Shawn Bates scored twice, including a shorthanded goal in the closing minutes of the third period, to help New York to its third straight victory.

Bates clinched the win with his eighth goal with just over seven minutes left and the Islanders leading, 4-3, when he beat Thrashers goaltender Adam Berkhoel on a breakaway with his team down a man.

Miroslav Satan, who also had two goals, made it 6-3 with about four minutes remaining. Jason Blake made it a rout with a power-play goal with 27 seconds left in the Islanders' highest-scoring game of the season.

Flames 3, Red Wings 1 -- Tony Amonte scored a goal and assisted on another to lead host Calgary to its eighth straight win.

Chuck Kobasew notched the winning goal on a second-period power play, Daymond Langkow chipped in with two assists, and former Red Wings forward Darren McCarty also scored for the Flames.

Avalanche 3, Coyotes 1 -- Marek Svatos scored twice, including the winning goal 1:56 into the third period, to lift visiting Colorado.

Rob Blake added a power-play goal for his 600th NHL point and Pierre Turgeon notched three assists for the Avalanche, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Dallas 4, Mighty Ducks 2 -- Jason Arnott notched his sixth career hat trick with a power-play goal, a shorthanded tally, and another at even strength, as visiting Dallas sent Anaheim to its sixth straight loss.

Canucks 3, Sharks 1 -- Ed Jovanovski scored the go-ahead, power-play goal with 9:45 to play, and Vancouver snapped a four-game road losing streak.

Blues 2, Blue Jackets 0 -- Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist in the third period and Curtis Stanford posted his second career shutout in St. Louis's victory at Columbus, Ohio, ending the Blues' franchise-record 11-game losing skid.

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