Crosby, Penguins drop Maple Leafs in shootout
Sidney Crosby and James Neal scored shootout goals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Saturday night for their NHL-leading 11th road win.
Neal opened the shootout with a goal against James Reimer before Crosby sealed the win on Pittsburgh's second attempt after Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Toronto's Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri.
Phil Kessel forced overtime for the Maple Leafs with his seventh of the season at 15:40 of the third.
Neal, Crosby, Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis scored in regulation for Pittsburgh (17-8-0), which outshot Toronto 41-26. Crosby scored in his first game in Toronto in over three years to extend his point streak to a season-high seven games (five goals, 10 assists).
James van Riemsdyk, Cody Franson and Clarke MacArthur had the other goals for Toronto (15-10-1). Defenseman Dion Phaneuf added three assists.
Crosby, who leads the NHL with 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists), played in Toronto for the first time since Jan. 9, 2010.
In 11 career visits, Crosby has nine goals and six assists. He has an eight-game point streak against the Maple Leafs.
Overall, Crosby has 19 goals and 19 assists in 24 career meetings with the Maple Leafs.
Pittsburgh outshot Toronto 13-5 in the first period and grabbed a quick lead when Neal scored his 16th of the season just 36 seconds in. Matt Niskanen's point shot was partially blocked, but the puck dribbled into the slot to Neal, who fired a shot past Reimer.
Van Riemsdyk tied it at 7:14 during a power play, scoring his 14th goal, but Crosby and Bennett combined to give Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead.
Crosby netted his 12th goal at 14:31 after Reimer couldn't control Kris Letang's shot, allowing Letang to get the rebound back to Crosby. Bennett's shot got past Reimer at 15:21, giving Bennett his second of the season.
Franson's second of the year pulled Toronto within a goal on the power play at 10:12 of the second, while Crosby was off for tripping. Dupuis put Pittsburgh ahead 4-2 at 13:01 with his ninth, but MacArthur made it 4-3 a minute later with his seventh.
Reimer finished with 37 saves.
Notes: Forward Matt Frattin returned to Toronto's lineup after missing 12 games because of a knee injury. ... Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin earned an assist on Bennett's goal, giving him points in nine of 11 games in Toronto. ... The Maple Leafs entered leading the NHL in hits (773) and fighting majors (25). ... The Penguins will be back in Toronto for another game on Thursday. ... Crosby came into the game with an average of 1.63 points per game, the NHL's best mark since Penguins owner Mario Lemieux averaged 1.77 points per game in the 2000-01 season.
Islanders 5, Capitals 2: John Tavares scored two power-play goals in the third period to lift the New York, ending Washington's three-game winning streak. Tavares scored his 15th goal at 12:13 and his team-leading 16th -- the 100th of his career -- three minutes later, and Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for the Islanders. Josh Bailey, Casey Cizikas and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Islanders, who won for the third time in four games and improved to 11-11-3.
Tavares' first goal came as Washington's Mike Ribeiro was serving a four-minute penalty for high sticking and unsportsmanlike conduct. His second came with Jeff Schultz in the box -- also for a double-minor -- as Tavares beat Washington's Philipp Grubauer, who faced 45 shots in his first NHL start.
Joel Ward and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals, who came in with eight wins in 11 games since starting the season 2-8-1 under first-year coach Adam Oates.
Hurricanes 6, Devils 3: Jiri Tlusty had two goals, and surging Carolina built an early lead and carried it though over slumping New Jersey. Alexander Semin and Jay Harrison scored 28 seconds apart in the first period, and Jeff Skinner and Chris Terry -- in his NHL debut -- added goals for the Hurricanes, who won for the fifth time in six games. Dan Ellis made 31 saves in the victory.
Tlusty's second goal was into an empty net with 1:14 remaining.
New Jersey got two goals from Ilya Kovalchuk, including a short-handed tally, and one from Patrik Elias but that wasn't enough for the Devils to avoid their seventh loss in eight games without top goalie Martin Brodeur.
Canadiens 4, Lightning 3: Brendan Gallagher broke a tie with Montreal's third goal of the third period, and the Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens rallied to beat Tampa Bay. The Canadiens pulled within 3-2 on Brian Gionta's power-play goal 3:49 into the third, and Alexei Emelin tied it at 7:33. Gallagher then put the puck past Cedrick Desjardins from in-close to give Montreal a 4-3 lead with 7:57 to play.
Montreal also got a goal from Tomas Plekanec and two assists from Michael Ryder as the Canadiens won for the third time in a five-game trip that has one game remaining.
Steven Stamkos scored his 19th goal, and Martin St. Louis had two assists for the Lightning, who have lost seven of eight. Sami Salo and Ryan Malone had the other Tampa Bay goals.
Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 0: Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves in his first career shutout, and Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno took advantage of Detroit giveaways to score goals.
Jack Johnson also picked up a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who have won four in a row and earned points in their last six.
Blues 4, Sharks 3, OT: Vladimir Sobotka recorded his first career hat trick and Patrik Berglund scored 72 seconds into overtime. Berglund's team-leading 12th goal of the season came after the Blues rallied from two goals down in the third period. Sobotka, who is riding the best streak of his career, had both scores to tie it before Berglund's game-winner.
Scott Gomez had a goal and assist for San Jose, which has lost nine of its last 11 against St. Louis.
Coyotes 2, Stars 1: Rob Klinkhammer netted his first NHL goal in his Phoenix debut, and Shane Doan also scored. Mike Smith made 20 saves for the Coyotes, who ended a two-game losing streak. Phoenix won the season series from Dallas 2-1-1 and has a point in nine of 10 games against the Stars.
Jaromir Jagr scored a goal during a 5-on-3 power play for the Stars, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Phoenix took a 1-0 lead on a play in which four of the six Coyotes on the ice touched the puck within a handful of seconds and culminated with Doan's goal..