Crosby's three goals in second rally Penguins past Sabres
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored three goals in slightly more than eight minutes of the second period as the Pittsburgh Penguins quickly turned a two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead, then held on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Monday night.
Crosby tied Patrick Marleau of idle San Jose for the NHL goals lead with 37 by following up his game-altering performance during the Penguins’ 2-1 shootout win Sunday against Detroit with an even better one. Crosby’s hat trick was his third of the season and fifth of his career, and the Penguins pressed unsuccessfully to try to get him a fourth goal in the final period.
After protecting a two-goal lead for much of the period, the Penguins were holding on at the end. Jason Pominville scored on a power play with three minutes remaining, and the Penguins were forced to kill off Brooks Orpik’s holding penalty with 2:04 remaining as goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made several excellent saves in the closing seconds.
Crosby, who scored in regulation and in the shootout on Sunday, gave Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller a pre-Olympics reminder of how he is capable of taking over a game. Miller could be in net for the United States when it plays Crosby-led Canada on Feb. 21 in Vancouver, and Crosby already knows he can beat him in a variety of ways.
Crosby got the Penguins to within 32 on a power play at 10:53 of the second, almost fanning on a shot off Alex Goligoski’s pass from centre point but still getting enough on it to get it past Miller. He had made a combined 69 saves while winning his previous two starts.
Miller’s frustration showed, too, when he yanked Crosby’s skates out from underneath him as a play was ending less than two minutes into the third period.
Ducks 3, Panthers 0
At Sunrise, Fla., Jonas Hiller made 33 saves to earn in his second shutout of the season and Anaheim beat Florida.
Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry each scored for the Ducks, who wrapped up a six-game road trip and snapped Florida’s fivegame winning streak at home.
Hiller’s other shutout this season came on Nov. 5 in a 4-0 Anaheim win over the Nashville Predators. Hiller, who has six NHL shutouts, was coming off a 30-save effort in the Ducks’ 2-1 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.
Florida’s Tomas Vokoun stopped 22 shots.
Hiller was perfect in his first game since signing a four-year contract extension on Saturday, that will keep Switzerland’s Olympic goalie off the free-agent market this summer.