Sidney Crosby ended a seven-game stretch without a goal by scoring twice, then joined Pascal Dupuis with shootout tallies as the Penguins rallied to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-4, last night in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins trailed, 4-3, until Matt Cooke deflected defenseman Brooks Orpik’s slap shot from the right point with 3:48 remaining in regulation. Orpik also assisted on Crosby’s NHL-leading 46th and 47th goals.
After Phil Kessel was turned aside by Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the shootout, Crosby converted for the eighth time in 10 attempts by putting a wrist shot under the crossbar. Fleury stopped Nikolai Kulemin’s backhander before Dupuis — on his first shootout attempt all season — also put a wrister by Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Flyers 5, Devils 1 — Brian Boucher stopped 32 shots and five players scored as slumping Philadelphia broke out of its doldrums by waxing visiting New Jersey.
Matt Carle, Ville Leino, Kimmo Timonen, Lukas Krajicek, and Simon Gagne scored for Philadelphia, which beat the Devils for the fifth time this season. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the lone goal for New Jersey, which dropped two points behind Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division.
The Flyers had dropped five straight and seven of eight, putting their seemingly secure playoff chances in jeopardy.
Flames 5, Capitals 3 — One day after Jarome Iginla said Calgary needed to “run the table’’ to get into the postseason, the Flames posted one of their most impressive victories of the season, scoring four goals in the first period in Washington.
Ales Kotalik, Ian White, Jay Bouwmeester, Niklas Hagman, and Rene Bourque scored for the Flames, who looked done when they were shut out, 5-0, in Boston Saturday. Miikka Kiprusoff, who was pulled in the third period of the loss to the Bruins, made 31 saves.
Alex Ovechkin got his 46th goal for Washington and also had an assist to reach the 100-point mark for the fourth time in his five-year career. David Steckel and Mathieu Perreault also scored for the Capitals.
Blue Jackets 4, Blackhawks 2 — Jakub Voracek had two goals and an assist, and Steve Mason made 33 saves to lead visiting Columbus over slumping Chicago, which fell to 2-4-2 in its last eight.
Sharks 4, Avalanche 3 — Devin Setoguchi had two goals as host San Jose increased its Pacific Division lead to four points over Phoenix.
Blues 2, Oilers 1 — Keith Tkachuk scored the winning goal on his 38th birthday as host St. Louis kept its slim playoff hopes alive.