Sidney Crosby scored all three Pittsburgh goals for the first natural hat trick of his six-season career and the host Penguins won a matchup of teams on long winning streaks, beating the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, last night.
With Crosby (21 goals) becoming the first Penguin in nearly 10 years to score three goals in successive home games, Pittsburgh ran its win streak to eight games. Atlanta’s six-game streak ended.
The Penguins, 10-0-1 in their last 11, are on their longest winning streak since they also won eight in a row from Dec. 23, 2007-Jan. 10, 2008.
Canadiens 5, Devils 1 — Brian Gionta and Lars Eller scored in the first 1:38, Carey Price made 27 saves, and Montreal won in Newark.
Tom Pyatt, Scott Gomez, and Benoit Pouliot also scored to help Montreal rebound a night after blowing a two-goal, third-period lead in a 4-3 home loss to Edmonton.
Jason Arnott scored for the Devils, winners of three of four coming in.
Stars 2, Capitals 1 — Backup Andrew Raycroft made 37 saves, Brandon Segal scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and host Dallas survived a late scare to win its fifth straight.
Mike Ribeiro added a power-play goal to help Dallas snap the Caps’ winning streak at four.
The Capitals thought they’d tied it with 7.6 seconds left on a shot by John Carlson. But Alex Ovechkin crashed the net and ended up in the crease, interfering with Raycroft.
Oilers 5, Maple Leafs 0 — Nikolai Khabibulin made 33 saves and Taylor Hall scored twice to help Edmonton beat Toronto for its third road victory in four nights.
Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, and Ryan Jones also scored for Edmonton.
Rangers 6, Islanders 5 — Marian Gaborik had three goals and an assist in his first game with Sean Avery as a linemate, and Henrik Lundqvist made nine saves in relief of backup Martin Biron to lift visiting New York.
Kings 3, Panthers 2 — Anze Kopitar scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:43 to play as host Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak. The Kings fell from first place to 11th in the West during their skid.
Sharks 4, Senators 0 — Logan Couture scored twice and Dany Heatley had an assist in his return to Ottawa, leading visiting San Jose to victory.