|Sean Avery (right) uses a little muscle on Sidney Crosby. (Chris Mcgrath/Getty Images)|
The Penguins, 9-0-1 in their past 10 games, haven’t lost since falling to the Rangers at home in overtime Nov. 15. Their previous loss in regulation was Nov. 11 against the Bruins. It is the Penguins’ longest winning streak since another seven-game run from Oct. 8-23, 2009.
Maxime Talbot scored in the first period, and goals by Kris Letang and Chris Conner in the second stretched Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-0. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 25 saves to earn his ninth win of the season.
Crosby assisted on Letang’s fifth of the season. Crosby has 12 goals and 14 assists during his point streak. He is the league’s scoring leader with 41 points, 2 more than Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos.
Marian Gaborik returned from a one-game absence, despite still feeling the effects of the flu, and scored in the second period to cut the Rangers’ deficit to 3-1 with his fifth goal. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots.
Stars 4, Hurricanes 1 — James Neal scored twice and Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves to lift visiting Dallas.
Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist while Steve Ott had the other goal for the Stars, who have won four in a row.
Oilers 4, Senators 1 — Andrew Cogliano and Gilbert Brule each had a goal and an assist in the third period to lead Edmonton over host Ottawa.
Ducks 2, Kings 0 — Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in his seventh career shutout, rookie defenseman Cam Fowler scored and host Anaheim beat Los Angeles.
Flames 3, Wild 0 — Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves and Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist to lead host Calgary.