Playing in Minnesota for the first time in their young careers, Evgeni Malkin scored twice and had an assist, and Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists in Pittsburgh's 4-2 victory over the wounded Wild last night in St. Paul.
"It's fun to be able to come here and play," said Crosby, who starred as a 15-year-old player at prep powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault.
Petr Sykora's power-play goal - on a beautiful feed from Crosby in the slot - broke a 2-2 tie with 9:55 to play, and Crosby broke free on a line change by Minnesota and sealed the win with his fifth goal of the season just over four minutes later.
"Crosby's line was on fire," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said.
Stephane Veilleux and Brian Rolston scored for the shorthanded Wild, who lost at home for the first time this season and fell to 0-3-1 in their last four games after starting the season an NHL-best 7-0-1.
Pittsburgh caught the Wild at an opportune time, after a series of groin injuries shelved Minnesota's top three players. Dynamic forwards Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra and No. 1 goalie Niklas Backstrom all missed the game.
Red Wings 2, Oilers 1 - Valtteri Filppula scored with just 24.4 seconds left to give visiting Detroit its sixth win in a row.
Detroit improved to 10-2-1, best in the NHL by 3 points over Ottawa.
After a back-and-forth third period, Filppula fought off Dick Tarnstrom and beat Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson high to the glove side.
Flames 5, Predators 1 - Jarome Iginla scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff made 39 saves fresh off signing a $35 million contract extension to help Calgary beat visiting Nashville.
Kiprusoff, the NHL's Vezina Trophy winner in 2006, was sharp from the opening faceoff, making solid stops against David Legwand and Rich Peverley in the early going.
Iginla scored his seventh goal of the season at 3:59 of the first, just 7 seconds into the Flames' first power play.
Thrashers 3, Canadiens 2 - Ilya Kovalchuk scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Atlanta a win in Montreal.
Coyotes 2, Blues 1 - Fredrik Sjostrom scored on a wraparound with 2:58 to go, capping a strong third period for Phoenix in a victory at St. Louis.