Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to 23 games with a goal and an assist, and Pascal Dupuis scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Capitals last night at Washington in a Winter Classic preview.
Crosby, the NHL’s leading scorer with 60 points on 29 goals and 31 assists in 36 games, has the NHL’s longest points streak since 1992-93, when Quebec’s Mats Sundin had a 30-game run.
Chris Kunitz also scored to help the Penguins win their third straight and 15th in 17 games.
Dupuis converted a wrister from the inside edge of the right circle, ending the shootout after Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury used his skate to block Mike Green’s drive at the right post for his sixth straight save.
Green and Mike Knuble scored for the Capitals. The Capitals had won two straight following an eight-game losing streak.
With 2:35 left in overtime, Green sent Fleury sprawling with a shot at the right post. Fleury reached across the goal line to make the save and the play withstood a brief video review.
Canadiens 3, Hurricanes 2 — Alexandre Picard and Andrei Kostitsyn scored during a pivotal power play to help visiting Montreal.
Scott Gomez had a goal and an assist, while Jaroslav Spacek had two assists and drew the game-changing penalty. The Northeast Division leaders, who snapped a two-game losing streak, had lost five of six.
Islanders 5, Devils 1 — Josh Bailey had two goals and an assist and visiting New York spoiled the return of Jacques Lemaire behind New Jersey’s bench.
The Islanders, who were tied for the worst record with New Jersey, scored three times in the opening 11 minutes with Bailey getting the first two and John Tavares adding the other.
Lightning 4, Rangers 3 — Ryan Malone scored in the 11th round of a shootout, and visiting Tampa Bay bounced back from giving up a goal late in the third period to beat New York.
Rangers rookie Derek
Blues 4, Red Wings 3 — Patrik Berglund broke a 10-game scoring drought with two goals to lead host St. Louis over Detroit.
Berglund scored twice in a span of 4:20 in the first period to break a 1-1 tie. The win helped the Blues keep pace in the tight Western Conference. They had won two of their previous seven home games after starting the season 8-0-1.
Flames 3, Stars 2 — Alex Tanguay converted in the second round of the shootout after scoring late in regulation, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all three Dallas shooters, and visiting Calgary snapped a three-game losing streak.
Tanguay beat Kari Lehtonen for the only goal in the tiebreaker. Kiprusoff stopped Loui Eriksson and Brad Richards in the first two rounds, and Dallas’s Mike Ribeiro failed to get off a clean shot in the third round.
Canucks 7, Blue Jackets 3 — Henrik Sedin had a goal and three assists to match his career high with four points and Vancouver routed host Columbus.
Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows each had a goal and two assists, Raffi Torres scored twice, and Christian Erhoff and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver.
Kings 3, Oilers 2 — Jarret Stoll scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of a shootout, defenseman Jack Johnson had a goal and an assist, and Justin Williams connected on a power play, leading Los Angeles over Edmonton.
Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for Los Angeles, back home after a five-game trip in which he posted two shutouts.
Sharks 4, Coyotes 1 — Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle scored power-play goals in the second period to help host San Jose beat Phoenix and win its season-high fourth straight game.
Patrick Marleau added a pair of goals in the third period for last season’s Western Conference runner-ups.
Wild 3, Avalanche 1 — Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom stopped 36 shots, and Minnesota beat Colorado in Denver.
Andrew Brunette also scored and Marek Zidlicky and Antti Miettinen had assists for Minnesota, which has won three straight.
Panthers 4, Sabres 3 — Jason Garrison snapped a third-period tie, and Chris Higgins scored twice to help Florida win in Buffalo.
Stephen Weiss had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Vokoun had 45 saves for Florida, playing its third game in four nights.
Senators 2, Predators 1 — Alex Kovalev and Nick Foligno scored and Brian Elliott made 25 saves in Ottawa’s victory in Nashville.