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Crosby streak extends, Penguins win

Crosby streak extends, Penguins win

Sidney Crosby got two goals to extend his scoring streak to 25 games, as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their final home game before the NHL Winter Classic by beating the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3 on Tuesday.
Crosby twice answered Thrashers goals by scoring in the first period, then set up Chris Kunitz's goal 9 seconds into the third period and another by Matt Cooke. Craig Adams also scored short-handed for Pittsburgh.
Crosby, who will try to extend his streak against the New York Islanders on Wednesday, is the first NHL player to have a streak this long since Penguins' Mario Lemieux's 28-game run to begin the 1995-96 season, according to STATS LLC.
The Penguins captain, peaking just as the NHL's midseason outdoor game against Washington approaches on Saturday, continues to torment the Thrashers, who have lost their past nine in Pittsburgh.
Crosby has six goals and four assists in three games against Atlanta this season.
Wayne Gretzky (1990-91), Bryan Trottier (1981-82), Brett Hull (1991-92) and Bernie Nicholls (1984-85) also had 25 game streaks. The NHL record is Gretzky's 51-game run in 1983-84, during a more wide-open era in which he averaged three points per game. Lemieux had a team-record, 46-game streak in 1989-90.
Bruins 4, Lightning 3
In Tampa, Mark Recchi scored a power-play goal with 20 seconds left to lift Boston over Tampa Bay.
Recchi's goal from the slot was his seventh this season and 570th overall in the NHL.
Boston also got goals from Michael Ryder, Steven Kampfer and Brad Marchand.
Steve Stamkos scored his 29th goal of the season for Tampa Bay. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis also netted.
Stars 4, Predators 2
In Nashville, the hosts crashed to their fifth straight loss, beaten by Dallas.
Loui Eriksson scored a goal and added an assist, and Andrew Raycroft made 44 saves for the Stars. Steve Ott, Mark Fistric and Krystofer Barch also scored for the visitors.
Colin Wilson scored both Nashville goals in a span of 1:32.
Capitals 3, Canadiens 0
In Washington, Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves to shut out Montreal and give victory to Washington.
Varlamov posted his second shutout this season, making several strong stops early as Montreal recorded the first six shots in the opening seven minutes.
Alex Ovechkin, Jay Beagle and Mike Green scored late in the first period for the Capitals.
Blues 3, Blackhawks 1
In St. Louis, Ty Conklin shut down a team that burned him for seven goals in one game last month, stopping 25 shots in St. Louis' victory over Chicago.
Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Boyes and Brad Winchester scored for the Blues, who dominated much of the way to win their fourth in a row and end the Blackhawks' four-game winning streak.
Just as Chicago got Patrick Kane back in the lineup after he missed eight games because of an ankle injury, the Blackhawks lost another key player. Jonathan Toews, Chicago's second-leading scorer with 33 points, was injured on a check in the first period and didn't return.
Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 3
In Toronto, Patrick Dwyer scored the winner with just over five minutes remaining, lifting Carolina over Toronto.
Eric Staal had two goals and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Phil Kessel scored twice and Mikhail Grabovski added a goal for Toronto.
The Maple Leafs didn't arrive in Toronto until the morning of the game, having been stuck on a bus in a winter storm for five hours Sunday following a victory in New Jersey.


Updated : 2021-04-23 18:41 GMT+08:00