|S. CROSBYScores 23d goal|
Penguins enjoy parting gift
Sidney Crosby got just the break the Pittsburgh Penguins needed to end their road woes.
Crosby scored his second goal of the game with Flyers goalie Martin Biron nowhere near the net, helping Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia, 5-4, yesterday for its first road win in nearly six weeks.
"It was really a good break," Crosby said. "You can't really blame the goalie."
Try selling that to the largest regular-season crowd in Flyers history (19,992).
Biron's trouble started when he drifted toward the right circle to stop Pascal Dupuis's breakaway. He sprawled and failed to secure the puck, then tried to dump it behind him toward a teammate. Dupuis snagged the puck and sent it toward the net where Crosby was there for the gift goal, his 23d, with 2:45 left.
Crosby had two assists and the first of three Pittsburgh goals in the second period that made it 3-1.
Mike Richards scored a shorthanded goal for the third straight game - he picked off a pass at the point and took off on the breakaway to beat Marc-Andre Fleury and score his NHL-high seventh shorthanded goal - and Braydon Coburn's third-period goal tied it at 3.
Canadiens 5, Senators 3 - Alex Kovalev returned to Montreal's lineup with a goal and two assists to power a win over visiting Ottawa.
Kovalev, who skipped Montreal's last two games on the road at general manager Bob Gainey's request, drew an ovation after he set up Tomas Plekanec's power-play goal 2:23 in. He got a bigger cheer when he scored an unassisted goal at 5:38 to put Montreal up, 2-0, and still more adulation from the sold-out crowd when he dove to clear a puck while killing a penalty moments later.
Canucks 3, Maple Leafs 2 - Vancouver's Mats Sundin scored the shootout winner in his return to Toronto, the city where he spent 13 memorable years.
Sundin's winner in the third round of the shootout against Vesa Toskala came with his patented backhand move. Sundin received a long ovation when he came back out and took a bow to the crowd. The longtime Leafs captain was nearly moved to tears in the first period when he received a long standing ovation after a tribute was played on the scoreboard.
Sharks 3, Thrashers 1 - Jeremy Roenick picked up his 700th assist in his return from a 10-week absence because of shoulder problems, and Ryane Clowe broke a scoreless tie 30 seconds into the third period of host San Jose's victory.
Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for the Sharks, who set a franchise record with their NHL-best 26th home win, and moved ahead of the Bruins for the NHL's points lead.
Coyotes 6, Kings 3 - Olli Jokinen scored twice in the second against his former team to reach 500 career points, then added an empty-netter to complete his sixth career hat trick for visiting Phoenix.
Blackhawks 3, Stars 1 - Patrick Kane scored his fourth goal against Dallas this season and Cristobal Huet stopped 30 shots as visiting Chicago completed a season sweep of the Stars.
Flames 3, Oilers 2 - Todd Bertuzzi scored the only goal in the shootout, and Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside all three Edmonton shooters for visiting Calgary.
Predators 1, Blues 0 - Shea Weber scored 2:36 into overtime and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves for his fifth shutout of the season for Nashville in St. Louis.
Wild 5, Red Wings 2 - Owen Nolan had two goals and an assist to lead host Minnesota, which scored at least four goals for the first time in eight games.
Islanders 4, Devils 0 - Yann Danis made a career-high 40 saves for his first shutout in more than three years as host New York dropped New Jersey.
Sabres 4, Rangers 2 - Buffalo's Derek Roy had a goal and two assists as New York remained winless in its past eight on the road (0-7-1).
Ducks 5, Blue Jackets 2 - Corey Perry had a goal and two assists as visiting Anaheim ended a three-game slide.